organizing

Resources

 

Our Favorite Organizing Products

Elfa closet system dramatically maximizes closet storage space

IKEA’s Helmer 6-drawer unit on casters provides ample storage for office necessities

Style Tiles let you design your own bulletin board/calendar/dry erase board combination

Desktop file is great for organizing mail and household papers

Under bed storage box is perfect for storing off-season clothes or children’s artwork

Really Useful Boxes divided plastic box keeps small toys and art supplies organized

Clear plastic shoe boxes corral EVERYTHING from nail polish to soap to belts to Barbie clothes
 

How Long to Keep Documents

Guidelines for Retention of Common Documents

How Long to Keep Financial Records
 

How to Stop Junk Mail

To manage credit card offers: www.OptOutPrescreen.com

To manage direct mail: www.DMAchoice.org

To eliminate deliveries of the Yellow Pages and White Pages: www.YellowPagesOptOut.com

To manage catalogs: www.CatalogChoice.org

To stop getting solicited by charities: CharityNavigator.com

A service that eliminates junk mail and catalogs for you: www.41pounds.org
 

Clothes:  What to Keep and Where to Sell

Wardrobe Editing Decision Tree

High-end designer consignment: www.LuxuryGarageSale.com

Sell your designer handbags: www.ReBagg.com
 

When to Clean out Your Make-up Drawer

Dummies.com: How Long Should You Keep Your Make-up?
 

Where to Donate Your Stuff

Almost anything and will pick up furniture:

Brown Elephant Resale Shop (Chicago): www.howardbrown.org

Lotus House (Miami): lotushouse.com

Business attire:

Bottomless Closet: www.bottomlesscloset.org

Books

Open Books Chicago: www.open-books.org

BooksFirst!: http://www.booksfirstchicago.org/how-you-can-help.html

Miami-Dade Public Library: www.friendsofmdpl.org

Bras

The Bra Recyclers: http://brarecycling.com/

Computers:

Free Geek Chicago: www.freegeekchicago.org

Coats:

One Warm Coat: http://www.onewarmcoat.org/

Stuffed animals:

Stuffed Animals for Emergencies (SAFE): www.stuffedanimalsforemergencies.org

Elfa closet system

Really Useful Boxes divided plastic box

Desktop files

Clear plastic shoe boxes