We shredded and shredded and shredded...major clean out. We each tried to contain our main papers to an expandable file, which we carried on with us. We had some additional papers that we checked and shipped.
- P60s, employment contracts, a few recent play slips, and threw out old pay slips. Enough to show proof of employment if needed.
-1-2 quarters of bank statements and shredded the rest (we do mainly online anyway)
-one quarter of utility bills, to keep our account numbers and a record of what we had, what we expected for final bills. We shredded all the utility bills and such from previous rentals/homes.
-all key investment info
-all important mortage and property papers
-auto insurance records for proof of no claims
We basically went through each category/file (banking, utility, etc) and separated things into essential, good to have, shred. Then, we took the 'essential and good to have' piles and decided what addresses to change, what to cancel, etc.
Our bank here took our word as far as our UK account holdings and income and didn't ask for any proof. I was so used to the UK rule of 'proof of name and proof of address via a utility bill' that I thought we'd need to show those...so we've kept them just in case.