With the spring cleaning season in full swing, a lot of us are working on sprucing up the house. I like to use this time to start fresh with a clean slate. We tackle closets and set aside bags of items to donate or hand down to smaller nieces. Toys and books are sorted for donation to charity or to our daycare. Part of my cleaning effort entails organizing my mail and office area, filing away new documents that have stacked up and clearing out documents that are no longer needed. Somehow the paper builds up quicker than we ever expect!
I am constantly amazed how quickly paper stacks up in our house. There seems to be an endless supply of bills, schoolwork, medical documents, and work forms. It is hard enough to keep up with these on my own without a shredder. I tear, rip and shred these by hand but probably really need to invest in a quality shredder given the amount of paper we are constantly trying to eliminate.
My parents are currently downsizing their large house of the last 14+ years into a condo in downtown Chicago. I am very grateful that my mom is shredding all the important documents that she comes across in her cleaning. In this day and age, identity theft is a large concern and companies generally try to help the effort. Just under 15 years ago, when I was in college, forms and check payments required full social security numbers – I was very pleased to hear my mom was shredding all those receipts and records with my personal data. Thanks, mom! I’m glad she’s getting on with her spring cleaning!
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