amyamanda, there are shorter lists out there. The one I gave was the only one I could find bookmarked at the time.
Here's are 2 more I found from google: Important papers to keepWhat Records to Keep
I hope those are a bit better.
julie128, I only keep credit card statements and utility bills for a year. After that I toss/shred them. With my credit cards, I don't even get paper statements anymore, went "paperless" and I check them online.
However, if you are closing an account, it can't hurt to keep that last paid statment showing "paid in full" for just a bit longer.
*Also IMO, I would make sure you always keep a copy of the account number, especially for credit cards. *
It helps to be able to check it against your credit report, even if it's an old account, because positive and negative information stays on the credit report for years. It seems that every year I check my credit report, there is a name of a company where I think "but I don't/didn't have a card with them" and then realize what account it is b/c of the account number. Seems these banks are merging so much these names, the names are always changing.
Hope all this helps.