In a small house with two kids, organization is absolutely important. Sadly, I’ve not gone completely paperless; between notes for the blog, doctor appointments, paperwork from their school and daycare, bills and those annoying credit card applications that seem to arrive on a daily basis, I sometimes feel it’s everywhere. I never gave much thought to the specifics of our paperwork – which was important and should stay secure and which didn’t matter – until my identity was stolen. Twice.
We started taking careful steps to better protect our valuable information. I have a fire safe lock box for valuable documents in case of a break-in or fire, I frequently change our pin numbers and passwords and we now have a Fellowes 63 Cb Document Shredder. It’s been a huge help in keeping my office and home more organized and has helped us destroy documents from which thieves might steal our information.
The Fellowes 63 Cb Document Shredder
I know that whichever documents I shred will stay safe from prying eyes because the our Fellowes document shredder allows 10 sheets per pass and shred them to 5/32”x 2” cross-cut particles instead of easy to reassemble strips. It has a jam blocker that stops jams before they start and the SafeSense® Technology stops shredding when hands touch the paper opening, so little fingers in our household are safe. The photo below shows the expansive 5 gallon bin which means less stopping to empty the bin to recycling.
What you should be shredding in your home
We all know the angst of watching paper pile on our desk or, often in our case, our dinner table. There’s a pile meant to be recycled, there’s a pile that I should be shredding, there’s that infamous “must go through this pile” pile and the “I have no idea what’s even in this pile” pile. Our organization system quickly becomes disorganized and we start to feel overwhelmed.
Of course, there are documents such as tax forms, pay stubs, medical records and credit card statements that should be saved for a certain amount of time so you’ll want to check on the rules that apply to specific documents. It may sounds like an overwhelming amount of documents that need to be shredded, but with our Fellowes Document Shredder, we’ve been able to shred quickly a large amount of paperwork and credit card applications that come through the mail that thieves could steal to really hurt our credit. We can even use it to shred our old credit cards so that someone else can’t access the information.