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paper. and more paper.

Today was the start of my final phase of Rich's Total Apartment Cleanup Of 2011: The paper.

Paper is the #1 way identity theft happens, as in the personal info printed in the mailings received. The two types of mailings I watch with a sharp eye are fiscal-related and anything to do with my SSN. I do not throw these out. Instead what I do is store them in a semi-big box to be shredded later.

As I wrote recently, me and shredders don't get along very well because I do typically burn out the motor. This happens because I acquire too much paper, try to go through it all at once and the shredder's little motor just can't handle all the work.

It's been a while, and I mean a while since my last major paper shredding. Today I went out and bought a cheap 25-dollar shredder. Being I know I'm probably going to burn the motor out, there's no reason to spend extra. The most I've ever spent on one in the past was close to $70, so you can just imagine how ticked off I was spending that kind of dough only to have the motor burn out on me. Yeah, I wasn't too happy about that. Lesson learned.

Were I to guess, the total about of paper I had to shred was probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 to 20 pounds worth. That's a lot, but not a grotesque amount. Paper is heavy. Weigh a stack of 20 magazines if you don't believe me. Better yet, just pick up a stack of 20 magazines and you'll instantly know how heavy paper can get.

Anyway, I sat down and started my shredding binge.

The shredder jammed up at least 5 or 6 times and the motor got so hot that its internal kill-switch tripped about, oh, 4 times. Each time I had to wait until the stupid thing cooled off until I could start using it again.

At this point I'm still not done but I've blazed through at least half of my paper crap. Tomorrow I should have it all completed. I'm hoping the shredder will survive the binge.

This time around I got smart about it and saved the box, packing materials and everything else that came with the shredder. If it burns out, I'm just returning the stupid thing and say it didn't work. 🙂


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