As a nurse and a parent, I’ve accumulated more papers than I can keep track of. I clip magazine articles from nursing and parenting magazines, save all of my old nursing files, and generally just have a lot of paper clutter that must vacate my house! When I started my cleaning spree at the beginning of March, one of my goals was to reduce the paper clutter in my house. Piles of paper bring dust, germs, and bugs (particularly spiders in my part of the country) so it’s definitely time to declutter!
The threat of having your identity stolen is real. Unfortunately, we live in a time where people must take measures to safeguard themselves against identity theft. Last year, 9.9 million Americans were victims of identity theft. Before I had a shredder, I would tear up any important piece of paper with my hands. You can imagine how time-consuming and ineffective that process is. The most effective way to shred important documents is to use a shredder that is capable of cross-cut shredding. You may not know this, but someone who is very determined could piece together and reconstruct any document. When you shred using the cross-cut mechanism, this makes the process tedious, thereby deterring would-be identity thieves. When a shredder is capable of cross-cut shredding, it cuts the paper both vertically and horizontally into pieces that look like confetti.
I recently received a Fellowes PS-79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder to review. Here is a little more information about the shredder from the site:
The Fellowes PS-79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder provides the following features:
- Superior paper jam prevention for personal shredder use
- Shreds 12 sheets per pass into 5/32” x 1-1/2” cross cut particles
- 100% Jam Proof System eliminates paper jams by preventing overloads and powering through misfeeds
- SilentShred™ offers ultra-quiet shredder performance for shared workspaces
- Enhanced shredder safety – patented SafeSense® Technology stops shredder immediately when hands are too close
- Sleek, modern design with easy-empty pull-out wastebasket
You may be thinking…a shredder is a shredder right? Wrong! Check out this video review I did of the shredder in action!
As you saw on the video, this shredder is capable of shredding CDs and DVDs. I have a ton of CD-ROM’s from my days as a nursing clinical instructor that I have gathering dust in a box because I didn’t know what to do with them. They have important information on them so I can’t just throw them away. Now I can shred them easily!
As a parent, I do my best to watch my son all the time, but there is the rare occasion where I’ve turned my back and found him getting into something he shouldn’t. The SafeSense feature is important, since I’d like to keep all of our fingers intact! If you have children in the house, I highly recommend obtaining a shredder with this function.
If you’re looking for a product to help you get organized this spring, you may just want to check out Fellowes‘ entire line of personal and professional shredders. If you’re not sure which shredder is right for you, check out their Shredder Selector resource on the site. I’ll leave you with a few simple tips that will help you clean up your home office to increase productivity and prevent identity theft (courtesy of Fellowes):
1. Sort through the piles of paperwork on your desk and in your office drawers. Place them into two categories: ‘save’ and ‘shred.’
2. Organize the ‘save’ pile into labeled folders and be sure to put anything confidential in a fire-proof lock box. The ‘shred’ pile should be properly disposed using a cross-cut shredder, such as Fellowes PS-79Ci with Jam Proof technology, to avoid identity theft.
3. Clean your office and get rid of dust and germs that easily build up on office equipment such as keyboards, telephones and cabinets.
4. Refresh your home office computer by deleting files you no longer use, backing-up any important data onto an external hard drive. Clean out your inbox and change all passwords.
5. Plan ahead by purchasing organizational tools for your desk, such as computer risers and file folder holders. This will clear clutter from your desktop while keeping things within arms reach.
Profuse thanks to Fellowes for this review opportunity and the important tips they provided on getting organized and preventing identity theft!