We’ve been cleaning out our basement recently.
With an eye on finishing the unfinished basement we obtained when we bought our house, my wife has been drafting designs and getting estimates from contractors. The reason for doing it now is simple: do it while our children can enjoy it. Also, we’re afraid if we don’t do it now, we likely never will. It’s been good to get rid of a lot of this stuff. Some of it is so old that even the junk scavengers avoid it when they peruse our neighborhood on the early mornings of trash day.
One thing that’s taken me some time, though, is boxes of old papers that we can’t just throw away. Old tax returns and other documents mostly related to health care or insurance were carefully preserved (stuffed and forgotten) in a number of boxes. I’m going through them, shredding most everything. I no longer need the taxes from when I either filing single or from the earlier years of my marriage. (I’ll never run for President, so I’m probably safe from false tax accusations by Harry Reid.) I definitely don’t need the oil change/repair records of a car we got rid of five years ago. I do keep year-end confirmation records from accounts where I might be required to provide a tax basis later (like college savings). However, most everything else has been hacked into pieces no bigger than a hanging chad from the 2000 presidential election.
Occasionally, though, I come across things that I still wish to save from the shredder. The last report card from the elementary school my older son attended before we moved to Georgia. (He’s now a teenager and in high school.) The hospital receipts related to the birth of my younger son. Most old documents are just old documents, but some tell a story.
Some stories are worth remembering.
When you clean out your old papers, what items do you end up saving? I’d love to know. One lucky commenter will win a $10 Amazon GC.
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