Managed to spend the last few days getting stuck in to the no-end-in-sight task of reducing the volume of stuff in my house. This has mainly consisted of shredding
anything remotely incriminating lots of really boring old financial papers. So far I’ve managed to generate four large bags of shredded paper which I am now attempting to recycle via Freegle.
My general policy is to keep papers for seven financial years and anything to do with pensions or National Insurance until the pension starts to be paid. The seven-year rule dates back to my stint in the Inland Revenue (this was back in the days when they were still efficient), whilst the pension rule is based on a healthy mistrust of any organisation connected with the administration of pensions.
This year the seven-year rule meant disposing of not only my own stuff, but also most of my parents’ old papers (the remaining ones being reclassified as “family history”): hence the large volume of shredding.
Meanwhile, having found myself in paper-reduction mode, I have finally got around to cancelling the Phone Book, Yellow Pages and Thompson Directory and am feeling duly virtuous.