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Corinne A. Tampas

Amen to getting rid of stuff!

My family was in the construction business from 1968 to 2006. My mother kept every piece of paper connected with that business; contracts, blueprints, building permits, invoices, releases, bids, etc. The amount of paper was so voluminous that we had to rent an entire storage space just for the these records. As a result, we were the "go to" entity whenever anyone needed a piece of paper. I cannot tell you how many times we were served with a subpoena duces tecum for business records because someone was getting a divorce and the attorneys were fighting over the value of an office building's improvements (not our battle!), or someone needed a copy of an invoice and "just knew" that we had the original and would we "be so kind" as to go through our files. ..... The bottom line was that hanging on to this stuff did not benefit us, but was a convenience for others.

In 2006, I had all but the most recent projects' records shredded. So, when someone telephoned me just five months ago (December 2009) and wanted a copy of some files for a dental office completed in 1983, it was very liberating to say they simply do not exist.

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