Rubermaid Pan Organizer, $8.99


Clear Handled Storage Baskets

The Container Store:  $3.99 - $4.99

*These baskets are perfect for fridge and freezer organization!

Trofast Toy Storage Series

IKEA:  Bins $3 - $5, Frames $29.99 - $89.99

Custom Drawer Organizer Strips, $16.99

The Container Store

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     Paper Organizing

    How Long Should I Keep It?

  • Auto Records:  As long as you own the vehicle.

  • Appointment Books (past):  Up to ten years, depending on your comfort level.
  • ATM slips:  Until reconciled, store these with your bank statement.
  • Credit card statements:  Six years for tax-related purchases; otherwise, until you receive the interest statement issued by the company annually.
  • Catalogs and magazines:  Until the next issue arrives.
  • Dividend payment records:  Until you receive your annual statement.
  • Health records:  Permanently.
  • Home improvements:  As long as you own the home.  Store these with your tax records.
  • Household inventory and appraisal:  As long as they’re current.  Update these annually.
  • Insurance policies (auto, homeowners, liability):  Through the statute of limitations.
  • Insurance policies (disability, medical, life, personal property, umbrella):  For the life of the policy.
  • Investment purchase records:  As long as you own the investments.
  • Investment sales records:  Six years for tax purposes.
  • Mortgage or loan discharge:  As long as you own the home, or six years after the discharge.
  • Pay stubs:  Until they’re verified by a W-2 statement.
  • Property bill of purchase:  As long as you own the property.
  • Receipts:  As long as they’re current, or as determined by your accountant.
  • Résumés:  Until they’re superseded.
  • Safe-deposit box key and inventory:  As long as they’re current.
  • Tax records:  Current year plus six years prior (check with your accountant).
  • Utility bills:  Until they’re paid (unless you’re planning to deduct them for home office use).
  • Vital records and documents (such as birth certificates and medical records:  Permanently.
  • Wills, trusts, estate plans:  Permanently. 

            *Always check with your accountant, tax advisor, or spouse before

             getting rid of any papers in question.

          Safe-Deposit Box Items

  • Adoption papers
  • Automobile title
  • Birth certificates
  • Citizenship papers
  • Copyrights or patents
  • Death certificates
  • Divorce decrees
  • Life insurance policies
  • Marriage certificates
  • Military discharge papers
  • Passports
  • Property deeds
  • Powers of attorney
  • Wills, trusts, and estate plan




Local Donation Sites

Who will take my stuff?

Soles 4 Souls


Drop-Off Locations:  Mont Clare Shoe Repair, 7181 West Grand Ave., Elmwood Park, IL

             Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 8:30am-4pm

Accepts:  new or gently-worn shoes

Nike Reuse-A-Shoe

Nike Stores and Nike Factory Stores

Accepts:  up to 10 worn sneakers for recycling 

Poised for Success


312 Westmore Rd., Lombard, IL

2nd Saturday of the month

Accepts:  women’s in-season business attire



1900 S. Harlem Ave., Riverside, IL

Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm

Donation Guidelines:

The Salvation Army

Drop-Off Locations:  Oak Park Family Thrift Store & Donation Center,

6536 Roosevelt Rd., Oak Park (or other locations)

9am - 9pm

To schedule a pick-up call 1-800-SA-truck, or online

Accepts:  appliances, clothing, furniture, automobiles

West Suburban PADS

1851 S. Ninth Ave., Maywood

M-Th, 8am-3pm

Accepts:  used bicycles, travel-size toiletry items and lotion

Does NOT Accept:  mouthwash

Sarah’s Circle  *Benefits homeless women

773-728-1991 ext. 301

4750 N. Sheridan Road, Suite #220

Accepts:  trial-size toiletries, toothbrushes/toothpaste, women’s razors, mouthwash, shower caps, shampoos, conditioner, lotion, etc.

Epilepsy Foundation

Pick-Up Office:  1-855-968-3662

Donation Guidelines:

-Can schedule a pick-up, or there are many drop-off locations, bins, stores