We spent 30 minutes on Saturday and then 30 minutes tonight working on one box of papers from Sly and Doris' house.
We threw a stack five inches high into the recycling.
We have a stack nine inches high that will need to go to a shredder.
At first, I thought I would take the papers to work and feed them into the shredder in the mailroom, but as the stack grew taller and taller, I thought, Nope, I don't think so. Primo had taken a bunch of stuff to Mailboxes USA in Florida and paid to have it shredded. The estate can pay for this, too.
People. I know everyone who is reading this is responsible and cares about not being a burden on the people they love, so I am preaching to the choir.
However, you may not have thought of making sure that you do not have seven years of bills all thrown together in one file.
Or all of the previous year's medical EOBs.
Every year, in January, I sit down with my files - and yes, I have separate files for separate things - I do not mix everything in one folder - and throw away all the previous year's bills except for the most recent copy. All I need is proof that I am current with the phone company and with my mortgage and with the electricity company.
I do keep annual investment statements, but get rid of the quarterly ones once the annual statement arrives.
Medical bills and EOBs - again, everything from the previous year goes.
I have all of my tax returns since forever, but that is because I am paranoid. But only about taxes. The phone company can't come after me for something from two years ago.
Sly and Doris did not practice this type of document management.
That means that Primo and I now have to go through all of these papers because they are all mixed up and we don't know what's current and what's not.
That knee surgery that Sly had in February 2015? That surgery that you and I paid for via our Medicare taxes (for US citizens)? Sixty six thousand dollars for knee replacement for a man who used that knee for walking only (Feb, Mar, Apr, May) four months. That's $16,500 a month.
We are still not done with that one box and there are many boxes.
This is going to be a long winter.