What a difference a decent shredder makes! I had a tiny one that would do four sheets at a time & overheated if you used it very long. I had to take things like credit card offers out of the envelope because it wouldn't shred the whole thing. I had three huge bags of stuff that needed to be shredded. I decided that instead of adding to the pile, we should invest in a decent shredder. We bought a twelve-sheet shredder that also shreds cd's & credit cards. We've gotten rid of the entire "to shred" pile. Now when I get the mail, I put junk straight in the wastebasket & just shred stuff that needs it immediately. No more "to shred" piles to clutter up the place & no dreading tackling the pile!