It’s National Simplify Your Life Week, and that means there’s never been a better time to clean out the clutter from your home. Clutter can include all sorts of things, such as:
- Appliances you don’t use anymore
- Extra equipment you don’t need
- Clothes you no longer wear
- Old documents that are out-of-date
Out of all of those kinds of clutter, removing old documents is easily one of the hardest things to do securely. At A Shred Ahead, we believe that when you simplify your life, you should make sure your information is safe while you do it.
Old Documents Contain Sensitive Information
Whether you want to get rid of years of accumulated documents at home or you have a paper archive of information for your business that has strict disposal rules, it can be a real challenge disposing of it properly and securely. Improper disposal can leave a security hole open that identity thieves can exploit. When you throw your sensitive documents away, you want to be sure they’re gone for good while keeping your information safe.
Going Paperless To Avoid Future Clutter
The rise of technology has made it easier than ever to have access to the documents you need without having to have a hard copy of them in front of you or in storage. Because the paperless movement has taken off, now is the best time to declutter. Most banks, energy companies, cable companies, etc. now offer paperless statements you can get to online. Take the time to sign up for these to ensure you won’t receive more sensitive paperwork in the future. It helps reduce paper waste while also letting you get to your documents whenever you need to.
Preserve Paperwork Digitally
There is no shortage of services to make storing your important paperwork digitally a breeze. Having digital copies of your documents gives you the opportunity to access to all of them without having to devote physical storage space to them at home or at work. Popular current tools that provide a convenient, safe way to scan and store your documents include:
- Microsoft Onenote
Because these tools all include easy document scanning, you can preserve any important information digitally without having to keep a hard copy on-hand. Over time, this can amount to a lot of regained storage space.
These tools are also all web-based, that means that no matter where you are or what device you’re using, you will have access to your documents in a quick, convenient manner. They also all offer password protection, so you never have to worry about people looking through your documents without your permission.
Find Important Information Faster
Using these tools has an advantage over traditional document storage. They catalog the contents of your documents. So if you need to quickly reference a particular piece of text — say a line item from a phone bill from three months ago — you can just search for it, and the software will find it for you. That beats the heck out of combing through a filing cabinet.
Risks of Improper Document Disposal
Once you’ve decided to dispose of your old documents, you’ve got a few different options for getting rid of them. You can simply risk throwing them all in the trash, but that’s incredibly dangerous. Plus, if your business holds customer records, you could actually be breaking the law if you don’t dispose of old documents securely.
Shredding the documents yourself is another option. But it is incredibly time-consuming, and getting rid of all the shredded paper can take a lot of time and labor. Instead of taking on the task yourself, consider letting the experts at A Shred Ahead do the hard work for you.
Peace of Mind with A Shred Ahead
A Shred Ahead makes document disposal a breeze. Once you contact us, we’ll get in touch with you, assess your needs, and make a plan to dispose of whatever you need. Our disposal process is completely thorough and designed to provide you with complete peace of mind that your sensitive information is gone for good.
No matter if you’re disposing for home or business, we have solutions to keep your information safe — both in recurring and one-time purge services. We want to help you declutter your space without putting your information at risk.