Ask LH: Which Paperwork Do I Need To Keep?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m trying to declutter our house and one thing that constantly makes a mess is bills, receipts and bank statements. I’ve gone paperless in most cases, but part of me still feels I need hard copies of certain things. Is there some kind of list I can go by for things I really should keep paper copies of (say for legal or tax reasons)? How long should I keep these things? Will scans of the original do in some cases?

Keep A Junk Drawer To Cut Down On Needless Decisions

Our brains can only handle so much during a day. The Globe and Mail recommends using a junk drawer to easily categorise the miscellaneous.

Give Yourself A Clean Slate With These Spring Cleaning Projects

Even if your home is in relatively good order,there’s something cathartic about spring cleaning. This September, take some time to get yourself organised with this list of tasks.

Desktop Pirate Hides Your Mac's Desktop Icons In One Click

Mac: Tired of the mess of icons on your desktop? When cleaning them up isn’t an option, free app Desktop Pirate can show and hide them with one click.

Hide Games In Steam To Declutter Your Library

If you’re the type to buy every game you’re interested in during Steam sales, you know that your library gets out of control pretty quickly. If you’re looking for a simple way to clean things up, PC World suggests hiding the games you don’t care about.

Organise Freezer Foods Into Containers To Keep Things Tidy

If your freezer is anything like mine, it includes several years of food in plastic bags piled on top of each other. The Kitchn recommends organising all those foods in large plastic containers.

Use 'If...Then' Statements To Reduce Back-And-Forth Emails

Emails can quickly pile up and be a distraction with their constant notifications — especially those short back-and-forth messages. Tim Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Work Week, says you should get into the habit of using “if…then” statements to reduce this kind of email clutter.

Ask LH: How Can I Stop Being So Messy?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m messy. There, I said it. I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember. I guess it’s never really bothered me until recently. Now I can’t stand the sight of my mess, but no matter what I try, I can’t seem to break the habit. I’ll do a massive clean-up, and then within 48 hours I’ve left a mess laying around again. I think my partner is ready to murder me too! Does Lifehacker and/or the community have any tips to become a clean freak?

Keeping Some Clutter May Be More Valuable For Lower-Income Households

Conventional wisdom says that clutter is bad; you have a lot of junk laying around, and you don’t need all of it. However, as the Art of Manliness points out, reducing your stuff to the bare essentials may not be a luxury that poorer households can afford.

Desktop In-Trays Keep Your Under-Sink Recycling Organised

If your place is tight on space, it can be difficult find somewhere to keep your recyclables. This clever method uses desktop in-trays under your kitchen sink to keep your plastic and paper organised.