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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Disorganized

With all of the junk mail, tax documents, and assorted documentation that we receive on a daily basis, it can be a challenge finding a system that keeps all of your documents organized.  I think most of us have a tendency to let mail or other documents pile up, hoping to get to them “sometime” and sort through what we want to keep, and what needs to be shredded. 

If you are like this, or know anyone in your life like this, the Fellowes M-12C Fellowes shredder is the perfect Christmas gift idea!

I feel like I am particularly qualified to discuss the best paper shredders.  You see, I have shredded a lot of papers in my life.  Mostly in my professional life, but also at home, as well.

I spent almost 8 years working for a financial institution, and we were trained on a semi-annual basis on the importance of privacy, document security, and identity fraud.  All of our documents that had any piece of client information had to go in the shredder when we were done with it.  No exceptions.  

We took our customer’s privacy extremely important, since we had access to bank account information, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, etc.  I  have also seen, first hand, how crippling it can be to an individual when their identity is stolen.  It is a nightmare, and not something I wish upon anyone.  It can tie up your entire financial life and wreck havoc in ways you couldn’t even imagine. 

I am not sure if it was all the training, or seeing what could happen if sensitive information gets in the wrong hands, but I have come to be extremely careful about the disposal of sensitive documentation. 


So it is no wonder, that I am extremely particular with how we dispose of our own personal documents at home.  I have also been known to lecture other people about their own document disposal, from time to time.  

Basically any document that reveals any of the following information should be shredded: 

  • Social Security numbers
  • Account numbers 
  • Passwords or PIN numbers 
  • Birth dates 
  • Signatures 
  • Names 
  • Addresses
  • Phone Numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Medical Records 

Or, anything that you wouldn’t want shared with a complete stranger.  

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But there is a little caveat.  Not all shredders are made equally.  I have personally used a plethora of different shredders, both commercial-grade, and those that just sit atop a trash can, and they do different shredding techniques that vary in how “destroyed” a document is.  

Of the numerous personal shredders I have used, my M-12C Fellowes shredder is my absolute favorite.  This shredder is a beast.  The M-12C Shredder has some impressive qualities: 

  • It can destroy 12 sheets of paper at a time, into approximately 302 particles per sheet (imagine piecing that back together!)
  • SafeSense Technology that disables the shredder automatically, when it detects hands near the paper opening 
  • Automatic cool down after 5 minutes of shredding (which, at 12 sheets at a time, is a lot of shredding)
  • Shreds credit cards, paper clips, staples and junk mail

Of course, when I read statistics like “12 papers at once” and “shreds credit cards”, I have to try it out.  Just to make sure it’s legit.  And here are the results:



As previously mentioned, shredders make wonderful Christmas gifts! If you have that person in your life (you know who I’m talking about) that always has good intentions of getting rid of sensitive documents, but those good intentions turn into hordes of paper piles, which never get disposed of, a Fellowes M-12C shredder makes a wonderful holiday gift!  You can pick one up from Target for only $99 – and help them get organized as part of their New Years Resolution.  It’s a gift that keeps on giving. 

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