Tips for a Successful End-of-Year Purge – The end of the year is a great time to organize. Here are tips for clearing your clutter while remaining safe from identity theft.
We are quickly entering that time of year when everyone is getting ready for the holidays and decluttering their homes to make room for guests and celebrations while getting rid of things they no longer need. The end of the year is a great time to organize.
Whether it’s finally tackling your closet and your children’s clothes they’ve outgrown or organizing all the clutter in your kitchen cabinets, it’s important to go into this purge with a plan in mind with these tips for a purge.
Sorting, organizing and figuring out what to keep and what to donate or toss is a great first step.
And even though it’s tempting to just throw everything out in an attempt to just clean up the space quickly, there are some things that need to be tossed more carefully.
When it comes to clearing off your desk and documents be sure that you know what should be shredded before being thrown away.
The types of information that can be found on some of these paper documents or on your computer even – you wouldn’t want anyone else to see. For example, if someone found an old pay stub or bank statement with all your personal information listed on it, they could use this information to steal your identity or take money from your accounts by piecing together information from the documents.
For this reason, documents containing sensitive information should be shredded as soon as possible. Everything from pay stubs, to tax returns, medical records and bank statements all contain private information within them. If you no longer need to keep them then working with a professional shredding services provider is the only way to know for sure that it has been destroyed without getting into the wrong hands.
Not sure what to keep or toss? Any document with your name and address on it is fair game for identity thieves. The best way to keep them safe is to shred all documents before you throw them away. Don’t forget about utility bills and other receipts from auto repair shops or home improvement stores – any document that has your name and address on it is fair game for identity thieves.
Shredding important documents is an easy way to protect yourself from identity theft.
Remember too, that shredding is a great way to help keep your family safe! The last thing you want is someone stealing your identity and charging credit cards in your name because they have access to all of the documents in which they are listed as an authorized user. Some fraudsters have even gone as low as to take out loans in children’s names and oftentimes this theft goes unnoticed for years until it’s time for the child to get a car or go to college. Shredding these types of documents will prevent this type of fraud from happening.
A year-end purge is a great way to get rid of unwanted clutter and make room for a new year and any big life changes ahead. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed with all this information, don’t worry – we’re here to help!
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