Thursday, April 9, 2009

Go nuts with the shredding

Now that you have liberated your files of all that extraneous paper, it’s time to dispose of it in a responsible manner. I recommend shredding any paper with personal information (account numbers, account balances, etc.) as it comes into your house, so ideally you would have a small shredder at home near where you open your mail. For big organizational efforts that have generated piles of paper to be shredded – or if you just like to accumulate paper and get rid of it all at once – the answer is to take everything to an industrial shredder.

Normally you would pay to shred a large amount like this, but you’re in luck because the Seattle Area Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers and ARMA International Records Management Association have put together an opportunity next weekend to bring your boxes and shred for free.

  • Shred up to six bankers boxes of paper per car for free, something that would normally cost $30
  • Enter to win a free shredder
  • Free organizing advice from the "Ask the Organizer" table

    The when’s and where’s:

    Saturday, April 18
    9:00am - 12:00pm
    Shoreline OfficeMax (1345 N 205th Street, Shoreline)

    I'll see you there!

    1. Also, the web site maintains a list of free paper shredding and electronics recycling events in Washington and from coast to coast across the country. Similar to what is mentioned above, these events are faster and easier than trying to dispose of this stuff at home.

    2. I'm telling you; with a 17 month old and working full time, your tips are really, really helpful! We have tons to shred and I think we'll participate in the free shedding day. Thanks so much!!

    3. The anonymous was me, Sara, I couldn't figure out how to post it otherwise.

    4. G, thanks for pointing us to The site looks like it has a wealth of great info. I'm adding it to my resource list as we speak...