The Shredding Alternative

With tax time around the corner, many of us will be sorting through papers and throwing away documents that could list sensitive information such as bank numbers, addresses, full names and social security numbers.  As I mentioned in my recent newsletter, identity theft affects millions of people every year and it is not an issue that should be taken lightly.  While some people actively try to prevent identify theft by shredding all their documents, many still do not.  Their reasoning for not shredding documents can range from not liking the noise of a shredder to child safety.  Whatever the reasoning may be, I have recently discovered a simple alternative – the Guard Your ID Stamp.

Sold everywhere from the Container Store to QVC, the Guard Your ID Stamp, is a quick and easy way to prevent your sensitive information from landing in the wrong hands.  All you need to do is stamp the information you want blocked and the Guard Your ID Stamp’s unique pattern completely masks your information.  Even when holding it up to the light or changing the angle of the light, nothing comes through! Plus, since most waste management companies will not recycle shredded paper (shredding weakens fibers and makes sorting nearly impossible), the Guard Your ID Stamp is the greener solution to your identity protection.

While I still recommend using a shredder or shredding service for large amounts of sensitive information, the Guard Your ID Stamp is perfect for managing everyday mail and small projects.

GO Month

Year after year, Americans list “getting organized” as one of their top 10 New Year’s resolutions, which is why the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) declared January as GO (Get Organized) MonthSM.

With this January marking the 7th Annual GO Month, Professional Organizers and NAPO chapters across the country will be hosting public events during the month to help individuals and companies get organized.  Our local New York Chapter of NAPO will be receiving an extra special recognition this year, as Mayor Bloomberg’s office will officially proclaim January as GO Month for all of New York City.  This special announcement, which will create more awareness for New Yorkers to understand the importance of being organized, will take place on January 21, during NAPO-NY’s GO Month event with Literacy Partners.  This is a truly exciting moment for Professional Organizers throughout the city.

As you settle back into work today, take a moment to think about GO Month and ask yourself, “what am I going to do to get organized in 2011?”  This is the perfect time to wipe the slate clean, change some habits and start fresh.  Contact ocd4life for help getting started.

Happy New Year and Happy GO Month!

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