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10 Ways to Organize Your Home Office by Monday

Toss It
By Monday, your office wastebasket should look like this.
By Monday, your office wastebasket should look like this.
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One of the reasons why home offices get so cluttered is that their owners either stubbornly refuse or don't take the time to throw things away. Take a few minutes to purge your office of everything you're no longer using.

Here are some things you need to toss:

  • Pens that no longer work
  • Paper clips that are bent out of shape
  • Old magazines and newspapers
  • Unused or broken office equipment, including old phones, computers, and printers/scanners (you can recycle many of these products)
  • Outdated documents

Unsure when it's okay to throw out certain documents? Here's a guide to how long you need to keep important papers:

  • Tax returns and supporting documents (canceled checks and receipts): seven years (Keep tax returns forever if you have the space)
  • Pay stubs: one year, until you get your W-2
  • Investment statements: one year, until your year-end statements arrive
  • Bank statements: one year
  • Medical bills: one year
  • Credit card statements: one month, after you've checked them for accuracy
  • Newspapers, magazines, Internet print-outs: as soon as you've read them or are finished using them