Today I am going to talk you a little about organization and de-cluttering.  A huge thing for most families is getting their lives organized! Tax time just ended; and you’re hopefully keeping on the goal of staying organized for next year’ when you’re going to have to go through it all again. DSC07992One thing that has helped my pile get a little bit smaller anyway; or more manageable – is a shredder.  A paper shredder is SO important to have these days.  My life before paper shredders consisted of about 4-5 boxes (and growing) of papers that had our personal information. I tried not to throw anything away that even had my address and phone number on them; but I didn’t have a shredder – so they just piled up.

DSC07998Here is some tips from Fellowes for shredding and organizing your stacks of papers:

Begin with the Basics: Sort through the piles of paperwork on your desk and in your office drawers. Place them into two categories: ‘save’ and ‘shred.’
Proper Storage: Organize the “save” pile into labeled folders and be sure to put anything confidential into a fire-proof lock box. The “shred” pile should be properly disposed of with a Cross-Cut shredder, such as a Fellowes P-12C*. Cross-Cut technology is an important feature for a shredder because it provides high security, destroying confidential information into unidentifiable pieces. Equally important are enhanced safety features, such as Fellowes’ SafeSense technology, which shuts the machine down when hands come too close to the paper opening.
Get a Digital Makeover: Refresh your home office computer by deleting files you no longer use
and backing-up important data onto an external hard drive. Clean out your inbox and change all
passwords. Refreshing your computer is a good practice to follow throughout the year as well.
Make Life Easier: Plan ahead by purchasing organizational tools for your desk, such as computer risers or file folder holders. This will help clear clutter from your desk top while keeping things within arms reach.
Freshen Up: Get rid of dust and germs that easily build up on office equipment such as keyboards, telephones and cabinets. You’ll feel instantly more productive with a clean workspace.

shredderHero, 6/10/08, 11:16 AM, 8C, 3618x4422 (75+517), 62%, Custom, 1/8 s, R11.7, G0.4, B29.4The Fellowes P-12C paper shredder can be found at Target for around $89.99 and is a great product to have in your home.  I love that it has a lock feature so I don’t have to worry about my kids sticking important papers into the shredder – and it has the safesense technology; so if while shredding my kids get excited (which often Andrew does try to ‘help’ the paper along) it will stop before his fingers get into it. It can handle up to 12 sheets of paper at a time; and cross-shreds into tiny pieces so your information cannot be stolen. It is a great addition to this household!

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This first entry is MANDATORY: Please tell me what you do to organize your papers.

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Open  to U.S. only.  Giveaway ends May 6th, 2011 at 11:59pm. Winner  will be drawn by random.org the following day, and will be e-mailed. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.  Winners will be announced on this blog after all have responded.  I received a free shredder review purposes. All opinions here are 100% my own.

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