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Jill Pollack

Professional Organization Expert

Best Shredder & Heavy Duty Paper Shredder

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Shred it, Baby!

Getting and staying organized is as important and flossing every day. A ridiculous analogy you may think, but you know what happens when you don't floss… tartar builds up. If you don't get rid of that stuff your teeth and gums will decay. Same thing goes with all the unwanted stuff in your life, especially papers. If you don't "floss" the unnecessary files and mail and general paper out of your life on a regular basis, your personal records will decay.

Junk mail is one of the chief contributors to the pile up of unwanted papers. The average person gets only 1.5 personal letters each week, compared to 10.8 pieces of junk mail. That amount of mail can be overwhelming and certainly cause a lot of unwanted clutter in your home. The first step towards ridding yourself of this mail detritus is to join a service that can get rid of it for you without any hassle on your part. I suggest joining a junk mail stopping service such as For a small fee they stop all your unwanted junk mail, including catalogs, and they even plant trees with your membership. Now why didn't I think of that? Stopping your junk mail is not only healthy for you, it's vital for the environment. Did you know that 100 million trees are ground up each year for unsolicited mail? Junk mail wastes 28 billion gallons of water for paper processing each year to generate 4.5 million tons of junk mail! Another service you can use to get your name removed from unwanted credit cards and insurance offers is or call 1(888)5-OPT-OUT.

For the rest of the mail you want to get rid of, as well as personal papers, financial records, even old love letters, avail yourself of one of the best organizational tools known to man, the shredder. It's your organizational dental floss. Why not just throw the stuff out you say? Because it's essential to destroy the information on personal papers to avoid the rampant practice of identity theft that plagues thousands of Americans each year. Believe me, you don't want to be a victim of identity theft, it can cost you a lot of money and years of aggravation.

Now some of you, like Gertrude Stein, may think a shredder is a shredder is a shredder. Now you see it, now it's in a thousand little pieces. Right? Wrong. There are many different qualities and features to a shredder, not to mention the look of the thing, and you should see what features are important to you besides the safe disposal of your personal information.

Best Shredders by Jill Pollack

The Best You Can Get

  • The Powershred 380C-2

    Jill says: This is a top-of-the-line office shredder for those who like to drive a Ferrari to the corner store. It is designed to meet the requirements of any corporate office department of six to ten users, and probably bigger and more than you need in your home office, but it sure is butch. It uses cross cut shredding which cuts the paper vertically as well as horizontally into confetti-like pieces and really "gets rid of the evidence". Cross cutting also compresses paper better so the basket holds more paper. This shredder cuts sixteen pages per pass and has a thermal/overload protection auto-stop on jamming, is CD, paper clip, staple, and credit card safe. It has an automatic shut off and alert when container is full and a reverse paper feature to avoid jams. Warranty Parts/Warranty Labor: Twenty years.

    • Thermal/overload protection
    • 16-sheet capacity with cross cut shredding (confetti-like pieces)
    • Meets the requirements of any corporate office department of 6 - 10 users
    • CD, paper clip, staple, and credit card safe
    • Warranty parts/warranty labor: 20 years
  • GBC Shredder Jam Free RSX128

    Jill says: The new ShredMaster® Jam Free Series offers extra-intelligent technology. The paper opening illuminates red to warn when there is too much paper inserted. This is a great feature! How many times have you jammed shredders and rendered them unusable? I have, and this is genius. All you do is remove the paper to continue shredding. This machine also features super-quiet operation, which is another plus, a twelve-sheet capacity, easy-to-use controls, two-year warranty on machines and twenty years on cutters. Shreds CDs, paper clips, staples, and credit cards. It is sleek without being too high tech looking, and it is on rollers for easy mobility from under your desk.

    Dimensions: 23" x 10.63" x 21.06"

    • Too much paper warning light
    • Super-quiet operation
    • 12-sheet capacity
    • 2-year warranty on machines and 20 years on cutters
    • Shreds CDs, paper clips, staples, and credit cards
  • Fellowes Powershred 220CC Confetti Cut Shredder

    Jill says: This is a confetti cut shredder that reduces sensitive documents to very small particles for higher security needs (yes, you, Miss Moneypenny). It shreds up to fourteen sheets of paper in one pass including staples and small paper clips. It starts automatically when paper is inserted and stops when complete. It has an updated design with softer lines and rounded corners and an elegant white finish. Although ideal for continuous use by multiple people in an office setting, it is also great for when you are doing the initial purge of your out-of-date and expired personal documents like old bank accounts and old insurance records. It also featured convenient basket-full and door-ajar features with LED indicator light Electronic auto start and stop function for easy operation. The jam protection shuts motor off if over loaded to protect motor from burn out. The Powershred has quiet motor operation as well.

    • Confetti cut
    • Shreds up to 14 sheets of paper in one pass including staples and small paper clips
    • Ideal for continuous use by multiple people in an office setting
    • Jam protection shuts motor off if over loaded
    • Quiet motor operation
  • 1610X Confetti-Cut Continuous Form Shredder

    Jill says: This is a professional, heavy-duty paper shredder that looks as good as it works. It shreds twelve pieces of paper at a time or ten sheets of 16" computer forms continuously. It also shreds credit cards, has jam-free rollers, and a large 66-liter waste compartment so you don't have to keep running to the recycle bin to empty it.

    • Shreds 12 pieces of paper at a time or 10 sheets of 16
    • Jam-free rollers
    • Large 66 liter waste compartment
    • Shreds credit cards
  • Staples 18-Sheet Cross Cut Under Desk Shredder

    Jill says: This is a good looking under-the-desk shredder with an interesting slant front design. It is a quiet operation shredder that still performs heavy-duty tasks. It has an 18-sheet capacity, and cross cut shreds credit cards, CDs/DVDs, staples, and paper clips, auto start/stop for convenient, one-handed operation, and reverse function easily clears paper jams. A ten-year mfr. limited warranty/1-year mfr. limited cutter warranty.

    • Under-the-desk shredder
    • Quiet operation
    • 18-sheet capacity
    • Cross cut shreds credit cards, CDs/DVDs, staples, and paper clips
    • Auto start/stop for convenient, one-handed operation

You will be happy with any of these

  • Fellowes Powershred DS-2 Paper Shredder

    Jill says: This shredder features best in class safety features and superior performance patented through SafeSense® Technology. This confetti cut paper shredder stops immediately when hands are placed too close to the paper blade opening, which makes it ideal for home use to keep little fingers safe. Will shred up to eight sheets per paper pass, and the durable steel cutters easily shred credit cards, envelopes, staples, and small paper clips, but not CDs. The waste disposal bin has a full indication flap. Auto start/stop for easy operation and auto reverse for paper jams.

    • Confetti cut up to 8 sheets per pass
    • Shred credit cards, envelopes, staples. and small paper clips, but not CDs
    • Auto start/stop
    • Auto reverse for paper jams
    • Full bin indicator flap
  • Intimus Shredder 155

    Jill says: This shredder is an organizer’s dream! It has a separate opening for general waste - eliminating the standard waste basket. The basket is easily emptied by pulling out toward the front and is compact - with front loading paper feed allowing convenient under-the-desk placement. The nine-inch throat is wide enough to handle any business document; it has a heavy-duty motor making it maintenance free, which is the best news of all. What's the point of a machine that doesn't work? It just collects dust in the garage and that is just no good for anyone.

    • 9-inch throat is wide enough to handle any business document
    • Optional under-the-desk placement
    • Front-loading paper feed
    • Separate opening for general waste
    • Heavy-duty motor
  • Ziszor

    Jill says: The amazing portable hand-held shredder that goes wherever you do! Leave it in the office, or take it with you to the kitchen, the bedroom, den, or garage, even in the car and on the road! It shreds five layers of paper at once and even has a catch bag to catch shredded content and eliminate mess. Can you get more organized than that?! Now there is really no excuse for the pile-up of receipts and other miscellany in your car, purse, desk, or dresser!

    • Portable hand-held shredder
    • 5-sheet capacity
    • Catch bag to collect shredded paper
  • HT3SL Cross-Cut Shredder

    Jill says: This shredder has a great brush bronze-steel finish and is small enough to fit under or even on top of a large desk or counter area. You would not only want to look at it, but use the other groovy features like the pencil sharpener and letter opener! Three functions in one machine, now that's organization! It shreds three sheets at a time and features auto start/stop.

    • Small enough to fit under or on a large desk or counter area
    • Brush bronze-steel finish
    • Pencil sharpener and letter opener
    • Auto start/stop
    • 3-sheet capacity
  • Royal Micro-4S Strip Cut Shredder

    Jill says: This is a small but attractive desktop unit that won't take up too much space, perfect for your home office or even the kitchen. Shreds four sheets at a pass into 1/4" stripcut shreds. Strip cut is the spaghetti cut which isn't as thorough as confetti-cut, and doesn't compact as easily, but what you sacrifice in technology, you save in space, and that's a good thing too. This machine also features auto start/stop, 4 3/4" entry slot so you have to fold some things. It comes in white and the bucket is clear so you can see when it is time to empty.

    • 4-sheet capacity shreds paper into 1/4
    • Perfect for your home office or even the kitchen.
    • 4 3/4
    • Auto start/stop
    • Clear waste bin

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