Paper is added to our lives from a multitude of venues. Newspapers, catalogs, magazines, advertisements, personal and financial management papers are consistently flowing into our mail boxes six days a week. Community involvement and education bring a flow of paper to manage with agendas, flyers, assignments, projects and homework. Every time something is purchased we are also furnished with a receipt along with the packaging. Receipts can really pile up, but after reconciling with the bank or credit card statements are not necessary to keep. However, it is appropriate to keep receipts for large purchases such as appliances, electronics, furniture, household remodeling and repairs.
A household may have a low volume of paper collection over months of time, with a yearly disposal of accumulated paper after taxes are completed. Businesses may have immediate, daily, monthly, yearly and periodical need to discard of confidential information. Even in our digital age there are significant piles of paper to manage and dispose of throughout our lifetime.
Confidential documents tend to stack up due to the uncertainty of what is important to keep and some of the papers contain personal information. One important step you can take to ensure protection from identity theft is shredding confidential documentation both at home and at work. If you want to recycle your shredded paper, kindly bag to reduce the confetti parties. Keep Kimball Beautiful has a shredder at the Kimball Recycle Center for those who wish to shred and recycle their confidential documents for a nominal fee. Follow this outline for a document retention and destruction calendar, clear out the unnecessary and recycle your shredded confidential documents.