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The first thing to do is find out exactly where you are. Begin with an evaluation of the current state of the records of your office. Performing an inventory of your stored records is fundamental to efficient records management and gives you some hard data with which to make sound decisions. It is virtually impossible for a county office to get any sort of handle on its records situation unless it knows, with some degree of exactness, what records are in storage, how much of them there are, and how old they are.