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Old 02-08-2013, 04:35 PM   #1
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Paper shredding. I've noticed many folks get stopped with decluttering due to paper..

What all do you shred? I have noticed that lots of folks talk about being backed up with paper to shred. I know my girlfriend talks about this all the time too.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:07 PM   #2
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bills, anything with personal info on it etc.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:13 PM   #3
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Mostly credit card applications- which, we get a lot fewer since we signed up at optoutprescreen.com - I don't really let it hang me up, though; our credit union has a free shred day generally twice a year so I just through it in a trash can in our office and then take it all over there that day. Before that, the biggest way it interfered with my destashing was that it was hard to find a decent shredder!
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:04 PM   #4
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I shred anything with a name, address, account number, address labels,etc. I kept going through home office shredders and bought a commercial one at Sam's a few years back and it works great.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:00 PM   #5
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I also shred stuff with our names/address on it. I probably shred about 5 to 10 sheets of paper a day including junk mail. Stuff without our name goes into recycling. I've never had a problem with a simple home shredder. I'm guessing our last one lasted about 8 years. When I have a big pile (like after taxes, clearing out old files, etc.) I simply make a big pile and do a dozen or so sheets sporadically whenever I think of it and I'm usually through the pile in a few days.

One thing I DON'T shred is address labels that come in the junk mail. Those I take a pair of scissors and cut. They will gunk up a shredder terribly.

Around here, you'll see groups doing a shredding fundraiser periodically so one day when I talk DH into getting rid of all his paperwork files I have archived in the attic we'll do that. (DH is a saver and wanted to just keep getting filing cabinets. I drew the line and archive in boxes and stash them upstairs.)
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Go paperless.

But if you have anything with your ss# or name + address + account #, shred it... Or burn it if you have that ability.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:32 AM   #7
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I have a box of stuff to shred, but come spring I'm going to burn it in our fire pit. Our shredder broke.
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Does anyone know of a place like Office Depot that will take boxes of papers to shred and the cost? We have a box at work but I don't want to haul in all that paperwork! Im paranoid of tossing something I might need later, is it still 7 yrs? I love paperless billing!
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Does anyone know of a place like Office Depot that will take boxes of papers to shred and the cost? We have a box at work but I don't want to haul in all that paperwork! Im paranoid of tossing something I might need later, is it still 7 yrs? I love paperless billing!
Check your yellow pages - where I live we have several companies that will come to the workplace and take the boxes out to their shredder trucks
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:32 PM   #10
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I shred almost everything paper.....my DS takes it to work and gets shredded and recycled.
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We have a small container for junk mail (which includes credit card offers). But we also throw receipts from shopping, online purchases, anything with social security numbers or account numbers. Basically anything with personal information (that we no longer need) gets shredded. And we clean out our file box every 7 years and shred things we no longer have to keep.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:56 AM   #12
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I recently did a BIG clean out. tax returns from 1980 to present day (kept last 7 years of course), hydro, gas bills, anything related to bills for our home, all dating back 30 years. that was a pain but i'm cleaned up now. really, what was I thinking???
we shred anything that comes in with our names on it. it gets to be a bit much. a couple weeks ago I was talking with my sister-in-law and she said she just rips off the part that has her name on it and shreds that bit. the rest goes into the recycle. now that makes more sense to me! its what i'll be doing going forward. it just takes so long the other way.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:28 PM   #13
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I too just manually shred the part with my name on it, and any of the account numbers. This goes into our bagged garbage, not the recycling bin where it could blow away.
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my dh is a physician and we shred TONS of paper. then i take it to the recycling bin...but not all recycling bins accept shredded paper so check first.

we shred all of our personal mail and junk mail. catalogs and brochures go to the recycler.
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Does anyone know of a place like Office Depot that will take boxes of papers to shred and the cost? We have a box at work but I don't want to haul in all that paperwork! Im paranoid of tossing something I might need later, is it still 7 yrs? I love paperless billing!
Do you have a UPS store in your area? They do shredding there - I believe they charge by the pound.

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