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Shred, Toss, Or Keep: De-Cluttering Your Personal Documents

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As you age, you’ll likely find that your stash of personal documents (pay stubs, tax forms, deeds, and the like) has grown exponentially. Eventually, it may get to the point that you have to ask yourself what’s actually worth keeping and what’s safe to get rid of. However, the last thing you want is to shred something that you’re going to need later on. By following this basic guide to storing, shredding, and throwing away documents, you can clear up some clutter in your home with peace of mind before the next garbage collection day. What to Shred First of all, understand that you don’t want to throw away any document that has your personal information on it without shredding it first. From your address and phone number to account numbers and Social Security numbers, it’s best to bring your unneeded personal documents to a professional shredding service (or use a store-bought shredder of your own) so that they can be disposed of securely. Generally, it’s safe to shred: tax returns (after several years have passed) canceled checks and bank statements pay stubs more than a few months old ATM receipts credit card and bank statements It’s also safe to shred any old insurance policy documents that are no longer valid, but be sure to keep documentation of any insurance claims. What to Keep Now that you know what’s safe to shred, what should you go out of your way to keep on file? Any form of personal identification that’s unique to you, such as a providence ID or driver’s license, should be kept–even if your ID cards are no longer active or valid. Furthermore, be sure to keep physical copies of: marriage licenses (even after a divorce) business licenses home or business deeds vehicle titles wills and power of attorney passports documents relating to your pension plan What About Going Paperless? These days, many people have begun keeping digital records of their personal documents as a means of reducing clutter from paper. However, anything that’s worth keeping documentation of is worth keeping in its original, paper form. It may be a good idea to scan copies of your documents so that you have them as backup (in the event of a flood, fire, or other disaster). However, to best protect your personal documents, you really should keep them in a filing cabinet or safe that’s both water tight and fire proof. This way, you’ll never have to worry about the possibility of losing your originals. When disposing of items, check with local garbage removal services, such as The Junk Box, to find the best way to dispose of each...

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Tips For Helping A Hoarding Friend Get Clean

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When you are deeply concerned over a close friend’s hoarding habits, you may finally build up enough courage to talk to him or her about this. When this day arrives, it’s important for you to have a strategy in place for the discussion, and you should also have a plan designed to help the person clean up his or her home. As you prepare for this day, here are some tips that may help you with this. Come Up With a Strategy The strategy you will need to come up with should be clear and firm and should demonstrate the concerns you have about this situation. As you think about the angle you will use, consider one of these options: Health concerns – One angle you could take is explaining to your friend that you are concerned about this for health reasons. Living in a home that is full of junk and trash is the perfect breeding place for bugs and rodents. Because of this, the house might not even be safe for your friend to live in. Fire hazards – A second approach to consider is explaining that this type of situation poses fire hazards. As you talk about this, let your friend know that you love him or her and are concerned about this. City violations – Another idea is to let your friend know that he or she could lose this house for violating city ordinances. This is often a good approach to take when others do not work because no one wants to lose their home. As you discuss your concerns with your friend, be loving, yet firm. Plans To Clean Up the Mess If your friend agrees that this is a problem and is willing to do something about it, he or she might be more cooperative if you have a plan in place. This plan should consist of: Having help – You can either hire people to come in and remove the trash, or you could assemble a group of friends and family members that are willing to take on the task. Getting dumpsters – You should be prepared to get several dumpsters for the job, depending on how much trash is involved, and you can order them from a garbage collection company. Offering counseling – It may also be important to suggest that your friend go to counseling to help him or her with this problem. Without counseling, he or she may end up in the same position after the house is completed cleaned out. If you are ready to take a stand and help your friend with this horrible situation, call a garbage collection company like C n’ C Junk Removal to find out how much it would cost to get dumpsters for the...

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