Feb 25, 2011

Spring Clean with Fellowes

Although I hate cleaning in general and I admittedly don't do a ton of deep spring cleaning each year because I get the bug to get outside instead of cleaning once the weather turns decent after months of being stuck inside.  I do usually have a few project that I try to work on through out the year (especially on rainy days).  This year I know I should seriously consider getting my paper monsters under control.  Since moving (cough 7 years ago cough) we haven't had a good place to keep important documents.  This has caused an array of problems from losing bills, which can cause a whole host of its own problems I won't get into today, to losing my youngest social security card.  So yeah, it's probably time to get serious and move this task to the top of the to do list.  Check out the tips below and let me know if you'll be joining me.  Or of course if you're an organization guru, please feel free to just come DO it for me.  I'll pay you in everlasting appreciation!!

The Fellowes P-12C paper shredder is a durable, innovative and affordable machine. With Fellowes’ industry-leading technologies, the P-12C provides high-security and is safe for family environments

* To ensure high-security against identity thieves, the P-12C features Cross-Cut technology, which destroys a single sheet of paper into nearly 399 particles.

* The P-12C also includes Fellowes’ patented SafeSense technology, which disables the shredder when it senses hands or large pets come too close to the paper opening.

* The P-12C can also shred staples, credit cards and paper clips to help speed up your spring cleaning process.

* Its slim profile design allows the P-12C to fit in any office environment, including under desks or in kitchens and other rooms.
The P-12C has a suggested retail price of $89.99 and is available at Target Stores nationwide.
Spring Cleaning Tips to Protect from Identity Theft

The Identity Theft Resource Center recommends their
Top 5 Tips for spring cleaning the home office:
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, which is so important if you have children.
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.

Disclaimer: This post is part of a One2One Network campaign which I will be entered into a giveaway for participating in.


  1. You never can be too careful with your information these days - this shredder is great!

  2. We have this shredder too, and we love it!

  3. Identity theft is one of my biggest fears - we shred all our financials that are no longer needed - those are great tips.

  4. Sounds like a great shredder! I have been putting all my important information papers into a box and waiting for a shredder. Someday...

  5. Good tips! I'd really like a shredder too. Would be really helpful here. I've also been looking into getting one of those NeatReceipts devices where you can scan in your documents and receipts and it automatically stores it and inputs it into your tax software (like Quickbooks). :)


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