Do not close any cards with a balance. It will mess up your utilization which is already bad enough.
2014-the-new-me wrote:not sure what my score is, however I'm always approved for some type of cards so assuming it is not that bad
Do not assume. Preapprovals do not mean anything. They're just marketing. I wouldn't worry about your score at this point. Worry about your utilization and getting it to 30% and then down to 10% or less.
2014-the-new-me wrote:should I close or just shred cards?
You should do whatever you need to do to prevent yourself from racking up new charges. Keep the accounts open. Pay them down using whatever strategy works best for you. I'd suggest continuing to keep accounts open even after you've paid them off otherwise your utilization isn't likely to improve. Once you get your utilization down then start closing accounts.
2014-the-new-me wrote:self discipline on not using is hard for me--im addicted to plastic and swiping
....and you're going to have to deal with this as well. Fixing everything does no good if you just go out and rack up charges. Do you have a budget? Do you track your expenditures? Do you routinely refer to these before shopping so you know what financial state you're in before you go shopping?