While it isn’t exactly a holiday, there’s one date in April no one is likely to forget: April 15th, the deadline for filing your taxes. While many of us may wait until the last possible minute to get all that paperwork sent out to the IRS, we also probably wish we’d made it a point to file earlier, or spent a little more time getting everything in order. After all, the more organized we are, the smoother filing goes, and while doing your taxes or getting them done isn’t something that anybody looks forward to, it’s something that we all have to do. So why not make it as painless as possible?
To that end, here are a couple of facts that you might not know: April is not only Records and Information Management Month, but the 3rd week of April is also Organize Your Files Week. Combined with tax season, that makes April the perfect month to get all your files and other paperwork in order. Do you have a bunch of receipts that you need to organize? Old manuals and warranty information for appliances and other electronics that should be put together? Medical records, paystubs, contracts, or any other important paperwork that needs to be kept safe? Or maybe you’ve got a lot of personal correspondence in the form of letters or postcards, or boxes of family photos that haven’t found their way into albums yet?
If you’re running a small business, especially one out of your home, then that means even more paperwork and an even more complicated tax filing, and so all the more reason to get it all organized and keep it that way.
Whatever form your personal or business paperwork takes, there’s only one thing better than getting it all put in order: Making sure it stays that way. That’s where climate controlled self-storage can help. The IRS recommends that you keep tax returns from previous years for as long as 7 years, while other paperwork and records should be kept for various times ranging from a year to 7 years to even longer. All that paperwork takes up space, and can quickly and easily get scattered in your home or office. A storage unit from Storage ‘R’ Us can give you someplace to keep your old records that’s out of the way, yet easily accessible. Climate controlled self-storage can keep even paperwork and sensitive documents safe and free of moisture or other perils, without the danger of them become damaged or unreadable over time.
You can keep files organized in a filing cabinet inside your storage unit, or if you don’t have a filing cabinet, there are special cardboard filing boxes and expandable folders that can keep paperwork and files in order and neatly labeled without a lot of expense. Whatever method of organization works for you, a climate controlled self-storage unit can make sure that all your important paperwork is where you need it, when you need it, and always at your fingertips.