Day 23: Corporate Records and Stuffed Animals: When and How To Get Rid of

2,300 things gone, only 7,700 to go

Corporate Tax Records and Stuffed Animals may seem like strange bedfellows but when you have a small business and small children under the same roof, sometimes things get a little wild.

I have a friend coming to stay with us tomorrow and I needed to make some space quickly.  Her son will be sleeping in the alcove (aka my office) so I needed to find a place other than all over the place to store the items I’ve listed on craigslist. That meant I had to brave the storage room again.

It didn’t take long to notice the major space hogs.  Boxes upon boxes of corporate records dating back to 2002, and Stuffies!

I remember chatting with another Mom at a birthday party both our sons were attending:

Her: “I would never give a child a stuffed animal.  That has to be the most useless gift ever!”

Me: “But they’re so cute…”

Standing among a pile of 60 today – I finally understood her resentment for all things plush.

With the help of a small advisor, I whittled the number of keepers to 30.  I’m not sure what criteria my 4 year old was using but he showed a definite preference for dogs and reptiles with monkeys and rabbits not making the cut.

I was just relieved there’s a place where these creatures can go for a better life than in my storage room. The Good Stuff Connection Thrift Shop located at 154 West 3rd Street in North Vancouver accepts a wide variety of items with proceeds and donations benefitting women and children staying at SAGE Transition House and men, women and children referred by other community social service agencies.  I confirmed it by phone – elephants, monkeys, zebras and lions (the stuffed kind) are most welcome.  Drop off hours are 11am – 4pm.

Now back to business.  By law in Canada you must keep corporate tax records dating back 6 years.  We had records dating back to 2002 taking up 5 shelves in our storage room.

Despite getting all sweaty and looking a bit like a plush myself for the rest of the day, sorting records boxes was a lot easier than sorting stuffed animals. Anything dated prior to June 2005 got carted up five flights of stairs from the basement to my car.  Eight boxes in all.

I’m sure the guy at the recycling centre had never seen someone quite as fuzzy or as enthusiastic about shredding as me.  But his prices were good.  And I had freed up four shelves!

And you can too –  I took my boxes to WCS Recycling at 1493 Dominion St. in North Vancouver.  They charge $6 per records box or .25/lb for unboxed paper with a $20 minimum charge.  A standard file or bankers box holds 25-30 lbs.  Drop off hours are 9am-3pm M-F.  That’s a pretty good price for the North Shore. I’ve seen it as high as $1.50/lb.

Recycling Alternative also offers a drop off service in Vancouver.  They are located at 360 Industrial Avenue and charge .20/lb with a $30 minimum charge. Follow the link for drop off hours and locations.

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