I did some research and found several websites that seem to agree with what to keep and for how long. Due to copyright, I can't copy the information into this post, but I can give you the links to view the information.
- Lifehack - How to Free Yourself from Paper Clutter
- Consumer Reports - Conquer the Paper Piles: What Documents to Keep, What You Can Toss - and When
- Consumer Reports - Where to Keep, When to Toss Documents
- Buttoned Up - Free Checklist: How Long To Keep Financial Records
Wondering what you need to keep a physical paper file of? Check out this Infographic titled "The 25 Documents You Need Before You Die" from The Wall Street Journal (click on it to view it bigger).
On a side note - last week I went to a 2-day technology/education conference. It was fun, but I came home with a bunch of paper clutter. They gave us a folder full of info that I know I'd regret just throwing away without looking at. When I got home I emptied the folder and discarded the stuff I knew I didn't need. The things I wanted to keep to read over I put back in the folder and put in my "to do" basket. The things I wanted to keep long term, such as program tutorials, I put in my "scan" file in my mail station...which has now become my "to-do station". I'm glad that I'm actually following through and not making my paper clutter worse. =]
Did you download the identify paper clutter document last Thursday? If not, get it here. You can also simply just make your own list on a blank piece of paper if you don't want to print it. If you have the list made up by Thursday, then you'll be ready for the next part of the challenge.