A year of de-cluttering-shredding

paper shredder tshirt 
The piles of "to shred" stack up pretty quickly in many homes because people think they don't have the time to do it, the shredder basket is full so they don't have time to empty it, or whatever.  

Your de-clutter challenge this week is to get everything shredded. Go through the piles you already have earmarked to be shredded.  Next go through the rest of your paper files focusing on what can be shredded.  
 How about inviting a friend over who also has a shredder and both of you can work on your shredding pile quicker?  

Here's some help on what you're looking for when going through your paper piles.  Shred papers containing:
  • Social Security number
  • Date of Birth
  • Signatures
  • Account Numbers
  • Mother's Maiden Name
  • Passwords or PIN numbers, other ID numbers
  • You may consider shredding anything with: name, address, phone number and/or email address 
If you don't have piles of papers but have full file folders, shred the following:
  • address labels from junk mail and magazines
  • ATM receipts
  • Bank Statements
  • Checks-cancelled, voided, from old accounts
  • Credit Card statements and receipts
  • Credit reports and histories
  • Employment documents-pay stubs, 1099s, reviews, etc.
  • Expired debit and credit cards
  • Expired passports, drivers licenses, and ID cards
  • Insurance policies and insurance cards
  • Investment/financials-records, transactions, statements
  • Legal documents
  • Medical records, bills, statements
  • Obsolete financial records, including loan applications
  • Pre-approved credit card applications and checks
  • Receipts for purchases
  • Report cards
  • Resumes
  • Tax forms, receipts (once you no longer need them for tax purposes)
  • Travel documents - itineraries, airline tickets, luggage tags
  • Utility bills - phone, gas, electric, water, TV, cable, internet etc.


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