We are a society of digital technology. So you would think, with all our technology, we could also figure out a way to be a paper-free society — right?
I like to think that we are a paper-free house, but unfortunately that’s not always true! Even though I would say I’m pretty ruthless when it comes to paper, we still end up with a few stacks of paper on our kitchen counters, on my desk, in the newspaper pile, etc. etc.
Some of OUR every-day sources of paper clutter include mail, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, fliers, insurance paperwork, papers from church, papers from school, and the list goes on!
Paper is something I deal with every day to stay on top of it. Can you relate?
So what can you do to be more paperless?
1. Don’t print your email.
I shouldn’t even have to mention this, but it happens more than you think. Set up files or folders within your email Inbox and store important emails there…not on paper.
2. Switch to paperless statements.
Contact your credit card companies, banks, utility companies, and other financial services and request paperless statements. They will send your statements via e-mail and you can store them in the newly-organized folders in your Inbox! Sometimes you can even get a better interest rate or additional perks for going paperless!
3. Subscribe to Newspapers and Magazines Online.
Many print publications are also available (for a reduced rate) through an on-line subscription. Go to your publication’s website and see if they offer it. You will still get the same content…just with less clutter!
4. Find Owner’s Manuals Online.
When you purchase something that comes with a manual, visit the manufacturer’s website and check to see if you can download the manual instead. Then, create a folder on your computer labeled “Owner’s Manuals” and trash your paper copies.
4. Create a Digital Recipe Box.
Subscribe for a FREE service over at AllRecipes.com. Then search through thousands of recipes to find ones you love and store them in your digital recipe box. The next time you need a recipe, just log onto their site.
5. Store Pictures Digitally.
Only print the pictures you love and keep the rest on a portable storage drive, or on CD’s. It’s OK to take lots of pictures, but printing ALL of them is just a waste of time, space, and money. I take this one step further by creating digital photo albums. Check out Blurb.com for more information.
6. Scan documents into Your Computer.
This is pretty self-explanatory, but if you can get in the habit of scanning your receipts and other document into your computer (and organizing them so you can find them again), you will nearly eliminate all the rest of your paper.
Even though our society as a whole has not taken the paperless route — YOU CAN!
Implement a few of these basic ideas today. You’ll save yourself a bunch of stress and gobs of paper. Maybe you’ll save a forest in the process!