I don’t like throwing papers away in the garbage especially if they have anything personal on them. Shredding really is the best route, especially if it is a cross cut shredder. I had been looking for a new one since the one I had wasn’t really that good. Fellowes offered to send me their P-12C model to check out. I took a look and could tell right away that it would be far better than the one I had before.
The first thing I saw that caught my eye was that The Fellowes shredder not only shreds paper but also can do credit cards. I have a few that are expired and ones I don’t need to use. I would much rather shred them than cut into large pieces and throw in the trash. If i just cut up and threw away, it can still be put together. Shredding is the best way to go around that.
Laura Stack, aka The Productivity Pro has come up with some great tips on how to get rid of that clutter in your home and do some spring cleaning.
1. Get ready… Before you begin cleaning, be ready to tackle the clutter.
· Prepare for a spring cleaning spree. Start by labeling five large boxes: Put Away, Give Away, Store Away, Shred, and Trash. Select an area, such as a drawer, desk, or room to organize first.
· Use a timer. Don’t view spring cleaning as an all-day task. Take an hour here and there to get the job done over several weekends. When you’re ready to begin, set your timer for 50 minutes. When it buzzes, use the last ten minutes of your organization session to handle the boxes: put things away, place charity items in the car, put items in storage, shred and toss out the trash.
· Focus. Concentrate on organizing one area at a time. If you don’t focus, you’ll end up with multiple “half-organized” areas.
2. Get Set…Set a plan in place to stay productive as you spring clean all year long.
· Innovative storage. Anything that goes together should be stored together. Find attractive boxes, baskets, toolboxes and totes to organize common items such as batteries, make-up, tools, cleaning supplies or gift-wrap. Use duffel bags to store sports equipment - one sport per bag per person.
· One in, one out. As you group similar items together, avoid keeping too many of the same items. Do you really need five spatulas or dozens of sweaters? The next time you think about purchasing something you already own, give serious thought as to what are willing to give up.
3. Go…! Your clothing is put away and your sports equipment is tidy. Now that you have a good idea what you need to get rid of, let go of all the clutter!
· Shred sensitive documents. Paper piles can stack up fast around the house so shred sensitive documents with a reliable Fellowes shredder. For large shredding jobs, the Fellowes 79Ci is the ultimate shredding machine. With its Patented 100% Jam Proof technology and ability to cross-cut up to 16 sheets per pass and an extended 20 minute run time, your paper piles will disappear in no time! Or, for smaller shredding jobs, try Fellowes P-12C that destroys 12 sheets per pass with a 5 minute run time.
· Tag items. If you’re still having a hard time parting with certain things such as clothing or kitchen gadgets, place a tag on each item with the date one year from now. If you use the item, take the tag off. When that date arrives, anything that still has a tag goes.
· Donate. For items you want to get rid of that are still in good condition, consider donating to charity. While it can be tough for your little one to donate toys or for your husband to let go of his beloved CD collection, they’ll feel good knowing someone will benefit from these items.
This may seem like a small thing but I LOVE the fact that the Fellowes P-12C comes as an all in one. It’s not a shredder that you have to fit on top of a bin or garbage can. It comes with it’s own bin that you slide out, dump it out and start shredding again. I really like this as the one I used to have, I had to fit on top of a garbage can. It was really awkward. I also really like the fact that it can shred up to 12 pages at a time. Usually I see ones that can only do a few at a time.
Fellowes really did their homework when it comes to safety. If anyones hands touch the paper opening, the shredder will stop. This way, nobody can get hurt. If you have a ton of shredding to do and it takes longer than 5 minutes, the shredder will shut down for a few, just to do a cool down so it doesn’t overheat. After a few minutes you can go back to shredding again.
Fellowes did a great job on the P-12C model. It’s large enough to hold a lot (4 gallon bin), but small enough to fit under desks or tuck away until you need to use again. You can find this shredder at Walmart for around $89.