Having kids and working from home is a recipe for disaster. You can expect disorganized clutter to be the house’s main theme and design. Most of the time you can expect to find some paper here, there and everywhere. A piece of colored drawing by the kids, some scratch papers lying on the floor, a draft misplaced paper on the couch, and maybe some stacks of paper you planned to organize last week.
Put these all together and you know what I mean. That’s why it can be great to have a home shredder. You will not only safeguard your sanity by keeping your home clutter-free, but you will also get to be an environment-friendly Singaporean and protect yours and your family’s personal confidential information.
Here’s what to look for in a home shredder:
Choose the Type of Shredder for Your Desired Level of Security
There are different types of shredder that provide different levels of security so you should know which one is just right for you and your family. The three most common types of shredders are Stripped-Cut Shredders, Cross-Cut Shredders, and Micro-cut Shredders. They offer security levels from the least to the highest accordingly. Micro-cut Shredders are used in many Singaporean government offices and in big companies due to its high level of security. However, the mid-level Cross-Cut Shredder may already be good enough for you and your family.
Choose the Home Shredder with the Right Capacity
Check how much capacity the shredding machine claims. Most of the time the purported capacity is exaggerated – the real capacity is often only half as much! Is the home shredder good for only one person or is it good for up to five people? How much volume will you be shredding on a regular basis?
Choose the Home Shredder with Safety Measures
This should probably be your number one priority if you’re living with kids or when you have pets at home. Kids can be so curious you’ll never know what they can think of doing next. On the other hand, pets can also be unfortunate victims of accidents as they move around unknowingly. So better get a home shredder with just the right safety measures – you never know!
Choose the Home Shredder with the Right Waste Removal
You’ll find that there are two styles of waste removal in home shredders. The first style is called the “drawer” style because, as the name suggests, you have to pull a drawer when you want to throw your paper waste into the trash bin. The second style is called “lift-off” because you’ll have to lift off the shredder which is on top of the trash bin if you want to throw your paper waste or empty the basket. The first style is what’s most recommended as it’s more convenient to use. You need only use one hand in pulling the drawer, throwing the waste, and even in emptying the trash bin. It’s also the one that causes the least mess while doing the work.