Tidy Up

Someone once said that the only sure things in life are death and taxes. Of course, being good law-abiding citizens, we are getting our paperwork together to complete those taxes before this year’s deadline. HINT: It’s not April 15. It’s actually April 18 in 2016.

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As you are searching for your needed forms and statements, you might want to start thinking about making next year’s tax preparation easier. Create a file folder. Label it “2016 Taxes.” Put it at the front of a drawer of your file cabinet. If you don’t have a file cabinet, buy one of those portable plastic file carriers at the big box store (less than $10). Put your file there; put the whole thing in your closet. Every time you have something related to taxes, immediately put the paper in the file. It takes only a few minutes. This time next year you won’t be getting more gray hairs or pulling out those you do have because you’ll have everything you need in one spot, close at hand. Believe you me, you’ll be grateful next year.

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It’s not too early to start getting your other files in order, too. Tidy up your space by going through each and every file folder. Shred what you no longer need. Please. If you think you can’t tackle such a big job, do just five, count ’em five, folders a day. Sort while you’re watching the evening news, while supper is cooking, or while you normally read. If five folders, a set number, doesn’t appeal to you, set the timer for 15 minutes. When it goes off, stop your tidying up, and reward yourself with a fresh piece of fruit, a walk, or a cup of tea or coffee.

Good job! Pat yourself on the back and give yourself a hug. You’ve started attacking the ever-hungry paper monster. You’ll be glad you did.

Annie Ambles tidies up her files

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