As paperwork piles grow over time, they become mountains of it. Whenever it's time for a home removal, how do you decide which documents to keep? Is there any I can toss? You can turn mountains into molehills once again with some tips from the experienced removalists at City Removalists.

The first step is to find the most important documents.

Medical records, birth and adoption certificates, passports, legal documents, insurance policies, tax records, records for your valuables, and investment records should all be kept. Each family member and pet should have their own three-ring binder to better prepare for the move.

Keep medical and veterinary records, birth certificates for your two-legged family members, registration papers for your four-legged family members, insurance policies, wills, advance directives, and other important documents in each file. Organize them by type and secure them with a clear plastic sleeve so you can find them quickly, this is especially important on long distance moves like interstate removals.

Maintain a secure location for your passport and driver's license. Passports should never be left in carry-ons when flying to your new home. When a plane does not have enough storage space for carry-ons, you may need to check them before boarding. Take no chances. You should always keep your credit cards and personal IDs with you.

The next step is to find the owners' manuals of the appliances you intend to keep.

Almost everyone still has the paperwork for their fridge, three fridges ago. Don't hold on to old appliance paperwork. Make sure you tape the owner's manual to the appliance before selling or donating it. Make sure you don't file it away.

Ensure that you have a moving box where all the owners' manuals for your appliances will be transported. Put a good label on it. Make sure the removalists load the box near the back of the truck so you can easily locate it when you arrive. If you are installing appliances in your new home, you may need these.

Your five-year tax records: Where to find, label, and pack them away.

ATO guidelines say you only need to keep records for five years. Those you want to keep and toss the rest. Make sure any documents containing sensitive information are shredded so they don't end up in the wrong hands.

Can I get rid of those sentimental papers clogging up my files?

Let's be honest. It's not necessary to have every dinosaur drawing Junior created. A few should be kept, and the rest should be discarded. Scanning them into your computer and storing them on your hard drive or in the cloud is another option if you cannot bear to toss the rest of them.

Medical records for your late cat Fluffy don't have to be kept. Get rid of the rest of the paperwork and keep a few pictures. The records of show animals and their progeny can be scanned and stored digitally if they were show animals. In other words, only keep the most meaningful mementos of your pets.

The final step is to make a copy of each document you store on digital media.

Backing up important information is essential. Don't move any important digitally stored documents without at least one backup copy. Having your data protected in this way will give you peace of mind.

You will have fewer boxes after sorting through all your files than if you waited until you arrived at your new home to clear out the clutter. You'll have fewer boxes to pack, and you'll get a better deal from your removalists. Your new home can be more expensive.

We offer the best deals on removals, so contact City Removalists today to find out what we can do for you, especially if you are looking for removalist in Parramatta.