Shred where you cook; cook where you shred You might already have one shredder at home for old credit-card bills, bank statements and anything...

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Shred where you cook;

cook where you shred

You might already have one shredder at home for old credit-card bills, bank statements and anything else an evil shape-shifter might covet.

But maybe you need another one.

Maybe you need … a junk-mail shredder.

The folks at Staples think you do. They have come up with the Staples MailMate junk-mail shredder, “an innovative product designed to help consumers combat identity theft from the comfort of their kitchen or home office.”

They even sent us one — along with, no kidding, a sample piece of junk mail — but we’re having just a tiny bit of trouble finding the “innovation” in it.

Um, couldn’t you use any shredder to shred junk mail?

Silly us. We need this shredder not only because is it “ferocious and compact,” but also because it is “the first shredder designed to blend into the kitchen environment and sit right on the counter top next to the coffee maker and toaster.” (“Almost everyone opens their mail in the kitchen,” say the Staples folks.)

Lovely! Once you gather the family to hoist it up there (the thing might be “compact,” but it weighs about 15 pounds), you can shred junk mail, grind coffee and burn toast without taking a step.

It’s $69.99. www.staples.com

Don’t sneeze at this:

It’s designed to wow you

We’re no high-falutin’ interior decorator or anything, but we do think we understand at least a few basic design concepts:

1. Textures are good.

2. Colors are important.

3. Lighting matters.

4. The Kleenex box deserves a place of prominence.

OK, that last one is relatively new. But that’s only because Kleenex just created Kleenex Expressions Oval, “a new collection of fashion-forward tissue boxes.”

And when they say they selected nine patterns “designed to complement the design scheme of any room,” they really mean patterns: retro florals, Spirograph shapes, Hawaiian flora and even one called “Woo Woo” that looks like it’s straight out of “Scooby Doo.”

The Kleenex people (people who work for Kleenex, not people made out of Kleenex) say consumers are telling them the packages provide “an unprecedented wow factor in the facial-tissue category.”

We’ll buy that. “Woo Woo”? Wow, indeed. We’d love to design that room.

$2.29-$2.49 per box. www.kleenex.com or www.OurNewOval.com

Sandy Dunham,

Seattle Times desk editor