Organize Your Life and Office by Going Paperless

Organize Your Life and Office by Going Paperless

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My family and I have downsized our stuff, downsized our house and I am super excited to take the next step. If you guys remember me talking about one of my biggest clutter pet peeves in my post 5 Simple Habits to Help Keep a Clean House Every Day; it’s those pesky papers that wind up all over the counters. Those miscellaneous papers absolutely make my skin crawl. In fact, I’ll even admit, I am quicker to throw things away (with total disregard of their importance) simply to avoid having them displayed across my counters. Let’s not even talk about the filing cabinet in our “office.” If you can totally relate keep reading to see my new plan on how to organized a life and office by going paperless!

*This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures.

The problem with paper clutter

I am an old soul when it comes to most things paper. When it comes to taking notes and reading books I definitely prefer the old school paper methods. However, we get so much mail delivered to our house every day it is insane!

School papers clutter the counter tops along with bills, newspaper ads, promotional flyers and coupons.

More often than not, I end up tossing everything into the recycling because I just don’t want to deal with all of it. Don’t worry, I file our bills away and the important papers but I know I miss a lot of things because I just want the paper clutter off my counters.

If you know exactly how I feel, there are some practical steps you can take to help decrease the amount of papers that get sent to your home each week.

  • Cancel subscriptions
  • Opt to receive e-bills instead of paper bills (just don’t forget about them!)
  • Unsubscribe from mailing lists
  • Start a paperless home

The benefits of going paper-free

On top of all the clutter on my counter, I add to it each day because I work from home. Sure, running a blog doesn’t require a lot of paperwork, but it definitely doesn’t totally eliminate it either. Chances are, I’m not alone.

“I’m a more effective husband, father, and business owner because of the paperless strategies I’ve adopted over the past three years…” – Paperless Home eBook

Donnie and Abby Lawson created the Paperless Home eBook to help other couples reap the benefits of living a paperless life at home. Before I dive into all the goodies their eBook and course have to offer, let’s talk about the additional benefits of a paperless home.

  • Less to throw away which means less garbage
  • Because of less garbage their is less pollution
  • Fewer trees being cut down to provide paper
  • Because few trees are getting cut down, there is cleaner oxygen for all

It’s pretty simple to understand how cutting down on paper can be highly beneficial. While there are a lot of great ways to avoid getting as much paper sent to you, there are still some important papers we can’t ignore.

So what’s a good system for keeping all of your important papers and documents in one place instead of the kitchen counter?

Create a paperless home and clear clutter from your kitchen counters or even improve office organization. Get the full scoop on how to start

The Paperless Home

Like I said, Donnie and Abby Lawson created a great eBook and course to help guide other families into the paperless home lifestyle. They have repeatedly raved at the benefits of having all your important documents digital and available at the touch of a button.

Here are some of the major perks:

  • Never lose important documents
  • Have important papers with you everywhere you go
  • Don’t worry about losing documents in a fire
  • Clear the clutter from your desk and counters for good!

It’s all laid out in The Paperless Home guide, but I’ll give you a quick run through.

Paperless Plan Step 1: Scanners Matter

Make sure you are scanner ready!

Because I recently purchased my Canon PIXMA MG3620 wireless scanner and printer I don’t have to worry about purchasing a new one. However, Donnie and Abby’s top recommendation is the Fujitsu iX500 ScanSnap.

If you are in the market for a scanner and plan on taking this paperless gig very seriously, I highly suggest taking that route.

The Fujitsu’s capabilities are much faster and able to handle more papers with less work from you.

Paperless Plan Step 2: Get Guidance 

Having a scanner is an easy enough step, but knowing effective set up and strategies is crucial.

I am personally so thankful to have my Paperless Home guide. It is well written, very detailed, and totally guided toward my over-all paperless home success without making me feel overwhelmed.

So often when it comes to downsizing, decluttering or minimalism, you have to do a lot of the work yourself. Starting a paperless home doesn’t have to be as big of a challenge when you have professional help taking you step by step. Like I said, I need all the help I can get, so I went to the best!

Paperless Plan Step 3: Get Input

Don’t think you’re in this game alone! Share with friends who you think would benefit from living paperless and getting intentionally organized. If you have people in your life that run their own business and could do without the massive piles of paperwork, see what they think of this idea.

If you personally have already begun living paperless, I would love to hear from you! Have you attempted going paperless before? Were you successful? Any little lessons or tidbits you have to offer I would love to hear.

At the end of the day, we’re all in this together.