Fraud Prevention Month, Spring Cleaning and Shredding with Fellowes

I have had a productive March Break.  You know that old nugget that mothers never put themselves first?  Well, I’m pretty good about not being a martyr to motherhood.  I’m pretty good at making me time, friend time, date time.  I even have a room of my own.  (Two, if you count the bedroom.)   One thing I have not made a priority, however, is keeping that room a sanctuary.  I have allowed my home office to become a dumping ground, and it’s time to change that.  It’s time to reclaim the room of my own.

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This is not that room, obviously.  This is a stock photo of a home office, the home office of a person who probably does not use her office, offered here to protect my pride, and maybe give me some inspiration.  #springcleaninggoals

I’ve been at it for two solid days.

Probably, at about this time next year, I will be able to report that I’m done.

I have piles of paper that have been waiting to be filed for years.

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This one is real. My real and very overflowing recycling bin.

I am, clearly, no fan of dealing with paperwork, but when Fellowes offered us a shredder for a story on Fraud Prevention Month, I jumped at the chance.  It took less than a minute to assemble, and it tucks neatly under my desk.  I still have paperwork to sort, but at least with the Fellowes shredder there is the joy of feeding paper into the shredder and seeing it destroyed.  Aunt Petunia’s unanswered Christmas card from 2011?  Shredded!  Subscription renewal notices from 2013?  Shredded!  The kids’ ancient child fitness credit forms?  Shredded!  (Names have been changed to protect the neglected.)

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That was fun!

Also, there is the bonus of feeling that you’ve earned that gold star for safety.  One of the most important ways to protect yourself from identity theft and fraud is to shred your personal papers.  Scammers can take your old mail from your recycling bin and use your name and address to steal your identity to get credit cards, bank loans, and even rent property in your name.  While this may not lead to a direct financial loss, it can ruin your credit rating or make it difficult for you to obtain credit in the future.  The Competition Bureau recommends that you shred all “unwanted personal information such as bank statements, credit card bills, unwanted receipts, cheques, pre-approved credit applications and old tax returns.”

And shredding documents with your own and your children’s names is especially important around tax time, when more paperwork arrives with their names on it, because children are often the prime targets of identity theft. 

So, front of mind while my apparently endless task of cleaning continues is ensuring that we hold on to our identities and make shredding a habit.

The Fellowes Intellishred Shredder is currently discounted, and you can buy it on Amazon here.

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This is a sponsored post.  Fellowes provided the shredder.  The opinions are my own.

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