- Can I get this information any other way?
- Is it easy to obtain again?
- If I even remember where I stored this paper, would I actually retrieve it or would I take a different action (look online, make a phone call, etc.)?
- Can I live with the worst-case scenario consequences if I get rid of it and need it later? If so, let it go. If not, keep it.
TIP: Take a moment to examine your habits. Just because you’ve kept papers in the past doesn’t mean it’s effective today.