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Holiday Closures 2017

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Holiday Closures 2017

Posted on 23 November 2016 by Total Secure Shredding



We will be closed the following days in 2017

  • Monday (Memorial Day) May 29, 2017- Closed
  • Tuesday (Independence Day) July 4, 2017- Closed
  • Monday (Labor Day) September 4, 2017- Closed
  • Thursday (Thanksgiving) November 23, 2017- Closed
  • Friday (Day After Thanksgiving) November 24, 2017- Closed
  • Monday (Christmas Day) December 25, 2017- Closed
  • Monday (New Year’s Day) January 1, 2018- Closed


Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays 2014

Posted on 24 December 2014 by Total Secure Shredding

We will be closed the following days over Christmas and New Years:

  •  Thursday December 25, 2014 – Closed
  • Friday December 26, 2014 – Closed
  • Thursday January 1, 2015 – Closed
  • Friday January 2, 2015 – Closed
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving 2014 Paper Shredding Hours

Posted on 20 November 2014 by Total Secure Shredding

Happy Thanksgiving

Howdy Holiday Revelers/Shredders,

Hard to believe the season is upon us once again!

Our Thanksgiving hours:

  • Wednesday (11/26/14): OPEN
  • Thursday (11/27/14): CLOSED
  • Friday (11/28/14): CLOSED
  • Saturday (11/29/14): OPEN

Have a great Turkey Day everyone!

Your friend,

Head Shredding Guy

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It’s Not Really the More the Merrier

Posted on 04 December 2012 by Total Secure Shredding

THOUGHTS FOR DECEMBER: Make it a month of Gratitude and Gratefulness
By Sue Crum

With December upon us and all the hype of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now Cyber Week, please take a moment to pause and reflect.

Some large chains couldn’t wait to open their doors on Black Friday, so they began at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Night! Those employees did not get a holiday from work, a chance to be with family and friends and reflect on the blessings of the year. They had to be at work, or suffer the consequence of perhaps losing their job.

After a Thursday of gratitude and kindness toward one another, people waited outside of stores for hours in anticipation of getting the best deal, the most deals, the perfect deals. In at least one large store two men got into a fistfight over who got to an item first. So much for kindness and thankfulness.

With the leftovers behind us we now turn to December holidays. Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza the end of the year can be a frenzy of frantic behavior. I’m suggesting we all slow down a bit, catch our breath, and put our holiday shopping on pause.

In my work as a professional organizer and clutter clearing coach I have an opportunity to help people create space in their homes so they can enjoy them more. What I often find is in their quest for happiness, retail therapy has kicked in;

I’m not so happy right now – I know if I buy_______________(fill in the blank) that will make me feel better.

By the time they call me they are overwhelmed, exhausted, or just plain miserable because of the upkeep of all the clothes, toys, and things they’ve accumulated.

It’s like their houses are filling up and sucking life out of them. Over a period of work sessions my clients come to realize that more does not make it merry, in fact, just the opposite. They are surprised and upset that they have filled their homes with so much stuff. Together we work up an action plan and a vision of how they want to live with more calm, enjoyment, and breathing space.

So before we all rush out to the mall or jump onto the internet for the latest and greatest gifts, let’s take a look at what anthropologists found out observing 32 families from California, in their book, Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century:

  • The average home contained 438 books and magazines and 139 toys.
  • In the United States we are purchasing 40% of the world’s toys, yet we have 3.1% of the world’s children.
  • Having to manage the volume of possessions seemed to increase the stress hormones of the mothers, but the fathers didn’t really pay much attention to the clutter.

Here are some gift suggestions to consider, instead of more stuff:

  1. Gifts of time, gifts of activities,
  2. Handmade gifts from the heart, and
  3. Gifts in someone’s name to a charity of your choice.

When we reflect back over holidays of the past, often what we remember is the experience of the holiday-who was there, what we did, and how we felt. Those are the memories that put a smile on our faces and take us back to a simpler time.

Sue Crum, Ed.D., is a professional organizer and decluttering expert who consults in person or virtually, helping busy people organize, redesign and transform the way they live and work. She owns the R.E.D. team,  and is the immediate past-president of the National Association of Professional Organizers – San Diego Chapter. As a motivational speaker Sue inspires others to clear out their chaos and clutter so they can lead more successful lives. Call TODAY and schedule your free in-home consultation.The life you deserve is waiting for you. 760.803.2786

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Organized Holidays

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12 Steps to an Organized Holiday Season

Posted on 01 November 2012 by Total Secure Shredding

Organized HolidaysMake THIS year your best holiday season ever!

By Sue Crum

Ready or not – here come the holidays!!

Are you thinking joy or jitters?

Desire or dread?

Are you envisioning fantasies of fun or…

Fits of fright and fatigue?

Whatever your experiences have been in the past – the good, the bad and the ugly – set them aside and look forward to making this the best holiday season ever!



  • a clear vision,
  • reasonable expectations and
  • prior proper planning.

Just like Goldilocks, it’s important to create a holiday season that’s just right for you, right now.


  1. Let’s start with that vision. Sit quietly with a notebook and imagine it is January 12, 2013. The holidays are behind you. If everything went smoothly, how would these have been? Write a scenario of everything going perfectly. Be sure and include how the holiday season made you feel.
  2. Convene a family meeting if you live with others and have each member write a succinct paragraph of their vision of the best holiday season. With little ones, have them draw a picture.
  3. See how these visions are similar or dissimilar. Get to the core of what’s important for each family member and write or chart a family vision for the holidays. You might be surprised at what other family members envision for the holidays to be happy.
  4. Get a 3-month calendar that shows November, December, and January.
  5. Mark out specific days, such as Thanksgiving, your religious holidays in December, and New Year’s Day.
  6. In your notebook make a list of all the tasks and events you can think of: don’t worry about prioritizing.
  7. Now with that family vision of what’s important, go back over your list and rank as follows: A’s – your big rocks: if nothing else gets done this season, these are the most important to you.
  8. Now go through the list again and think of your B’s: these would be nice to include, maybe you’ve done these before or you’ve thought about adding them to your holiday traditions, but never have.
  9.  Put a C by what’s left. Recognize these tasks are also nice but not necessary to your vision or your family’s vision.
  10. Go back over the list and make sure you have a letter by everything.
  11. Decide to let go of your C’s and not do any unless you have completed your A’s and B’s.
  12. Calendar in your A’s right now. Look at other commitments of work, family, volunteerism and decide when you can do the A’s. Some have multiple steps so be sure and create enough time in your schedule to see projects to completion. Keep your eye on that vision you created and let some of the B’s go.

No time to create that beautiful 3-day recipe of homemade heavenly heath bars your grandma used to make?

What could you do instead so that YOU are happy, healthy and in a heavenly mood for the holidays?

Make that vision your gift to yourself!!

Sue Crum is the owner of the R.E.D. team and the Immediate Past President of NAPO-San Diego, the National Association of Professional Organizers. She helps busy people turn their house into a home, make better use of space and get organized for good. She takes a nonjudgmental approach to any organizing project. She is compassionate, confidential and competent, passionately focused on helping people lead happier and more balanced lives. She loves speaking to groups about de-cluttering and organizing for healthier living. Sign up to receive her latest RED Hot etips at You can reach Sue at 760.803.2786.

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