Posts Tagged 'Container Store'

Getting Organized for Good.

A recent expedition to Clarendon, VA resulted in a worthy purchase of much needed storage vessels for my new home. Makeup, hairbands, tear sheets, magazines, ticket stubs, and lots of coloring pencils seem to never have a flagship spot on a shelf or in a drawer. So, metal, plastic, and rubber purchases filled up three red Container Store bags and made their way to my stuffed closets and cabinets. My favorite purchase of the trip was the  Acrylic Vanity Tote. This Lucite-looking beauty carries my handy brushes, pressed powders and pink lipsticks perfectly . Its easy to spot and fits in with my homes’ design style. Of course, my other purchases are also extremely efficient and blend in nicely. It’s time to get my life organized for good.

Acrylic Vanity Tote, $20 | Container Store

Acrylic Vanity Tote, $20 | Container Store

Paper Toss for Uncle Sam.

Last night, I spent a good two hours going through all of my random papers and folders in hopes of squeezing in a bit more organization while tracking down all of my tax season paperwork. I was successful in locating what I needed for TurboTax, but I found Container Store to have a simple and relatively helpful list to follow when it comes to figuring out what documents and records to toss and what is in your best interest to keep. If you are still in doubt, contact the IRS for more assistance! Recycle away!

Documents to Keep Permanently:

  • Annual tax returns
  • Year-end summaries from financial service companies
  • Stock and bond certificates
  • Deeds of property and ownership, auto titles, insurance policies
  • Home improvement records
  • Health records, wills and powers of attorney
  • Birth certificates, adoption and custody records, death certificates

Documents to Keep Temporarily:

  • Paycheck stubs until reconciled with W-2 or 1099 forms
  • Phone and utility bills for one year (or seven years if business-related)
  • Monthly bank and credit card statements for one year
  • Monthly mortgage statements for one year
  • Brokerage or mutual fund statements until they’ve been reconciled at year end
  • Year end statements from credit card companies for seven years
  • W-2 and 1099 forms for seven years
  • Cancelled checks and receipts for all tax-deductible expenses for seven years

Discard Or Shred:

  • ATM, bank-deposit slips and credit card receipts after cleared on a statement
  • Non-tax deductible receipts for minor purchases
  • Old magazines and articles not read within the past six months
  • Receipts, instructions and warranties for items you no longer own (or warranties that have expired)

25% Off at the Container Store.

Oprah Winfrey is at it again. She and the Container Store teamed up to offer all viewers and website visitors 25% off everything in the store and online through July 12th with this coupon. Its her “Clean Up Your Messy House Tour” so get crackin’!

Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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