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Start the New Year Off Right: Shred Old Documents and Devices

The end of the year might have you feeling a bit overwhelmed with paper and device clutter, but routine shredding services can help keep your space clean and organized.

With the new year upon us, many of us are writing up our list of resolutions.  Whether it’s getting healthier or organizing your space, change starts with small steps.  The end of the year might have you feeling a bit overwhelmed with the paper and electronics clutter, and that goes for at home and at the office.  A good resolution is to start organizing your space; it looks professional and if you are organized in your personal and work area, it’ll be a lot easier to access.

Here are some organization resolutions that are easy to keep, and Legal Shred can help!

Don’t Be a Device or Document Hoarder

Ask yourself, “do I need this?” Be honest.  Is that ticket stub to the concert you attended three years ago really necessary? Do you have a stack of important documents for work?  Are there boxes of old devices and hard drives hanging around for wandering hands and eyes to steal?  If yes, then it’s time to deal with the excess.  Unneeded documents should go in a shred pile, and that goes for old hard drives and devices, too.  

What tends to happen with trash is that we stash it away somewhere, thinking “I’ll get to that,” and never do.  Throw out everything that isn’t absolutely needed for work or home.  If it contains sensitive information, shred it.

Have a Place for Everything

If it’s not where it belongs, either file it or shred it.  Did you pull a document that you needed for some figures and then left it for months on your desk?  Keep only the things that are current and necessary where you need them.  At work, consider implementing a clean desk policy.  A clean desk policy ensures that all important documents, confidential letters, binders, and books are removed from a desk and locked away when the items are not in use or an employee leaves his/her workstation.  It is one of the top strategies to utilize when trying to reduce the risk of security breaches.

Old hard drives and devices shouldn’t be left in storage areas or on desks where they can be compromised.  Keep these with your documents that need to be shredded.  Hard drive shredding works similarly to how paper documents are destroyed, except it is the hard drive that is being shredded into unusable pieces.  Data is impossible to retrieve once it has been pulverized.

New Year’s resolutions are kept when goals are attainable and easy to act upon.  Don’t get lofty and imagine that you’ll be able to do everything in a jiffy.  Think realistically what you are capable of doing and go from there.  Consider setting up routine paper shredding service from Legal Shred to keep paper clutter to a minimum, and to ensure that your space will be organized and free from risk.

Happy New Year from the Legal Shred team!

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