AT Survey: Shredder?

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For no good reason, we were hanging on to LOTS of old paperwork. It was very neatly filed in nice clear stacking boxes with lids on the top shelf of a closet. It wasn't in our way, but it was THERE, and we knew it was unnecessary.

We wanted to clear out this physical (and mental) clutter. Years worth of old canceled checks and bills are not what we want in our lives (or closets), so we pulled them all down and got to work with a (just purchased) shredder. Now we never owned a shredder before, because we obviously were hanging on to all of our household accounting paperwork FOREVER...and while we loved the process of letting go of all of these old files, we felt a little paranoid for getting the shredder. What do you think? To shred or not to shred...