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April 4, 2013

Tips for tidying up during spring cleaning


Tonawanda News — "You wear dress-up clothes sometimes only once a year," Shaner said. "I think of that year as being more appropriate for your everyday clothes."

• Shred old paperwork that has sensitive information. Many office supply stores like OfficeMax offer this service. Keep tax records for seven years, and "there's really not a reason to keep more than a year's worth" of bank and credit card statements and pay stubs,"\ Shaner said.

Below are some ideas on where to donate certain goods you might not want to throw away:

Clothes and household items

Got an old prom dress or bridesmaids dress? Try donating the formal attire to organizations like Cyndee Billoni's Gowns 4 Prom program.

The program is run out of Colvin Cleaners, owned by Cyndee and her husband, Paul Billoni. Gowns 4 Prom provides gently used formal dresses to high school girls who would otherwise be unable to afford one for prom.

"Most girls only wear (their prom dresses) once," Cyndee said, explaining any donated dress should be in good condition. Once a girl selects her dress, it is altered by a handful of volunteers and professionally cleaned by Colvin Cleaners.

"Last year we gave away almost 1,000 dresses," Cyndee said. "This year we're anticipating more."

The deadline to donate for this prom season is Sunday, though Cyndee said the cleaners accepts donations throughout the year.

For less formal attire, Goodwill and any number of clothes closets in the area will take used clothing. 

The Interchurch Clothes Closet at Twin Cities Community Outreach in North Tonawanda accepts clothing from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. 

In addition to clothing, the closet collects some household objects like pots, pans, dishes and toys, though nothing too big, said Barbara Elder, a volunteer and member of the board of directors.

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