If you haven’t started your tax preparation, START NOW! Clear a space on the table or floor (one that doesn’t need to be used for a few days), grab a recycling container (or garbage can), a timer, and your pile/bin/box of papers. Set the timer for 15 minutes and proceed to do a quick sort of as much paper as you can on your flat space, being sure to weed out any non-essential papers.
If you are still gaining ground when the timer goes off, continue! If you are spinning your wheels then walk away and come back later – set the timer and continue where you left off in the last round. And when you're ready to get more organized so next year doesn't feel like such a rush, then give me a call and we'll get your paper-trail on the right track!