Whether you run a business or a home, chances are you accumulate a lot of paper throughout the year. Much of it is important documentation that you need for taxes, etc., but much of it you don’t necessarily need. Switching over from paper storage to digital not only saves a ton of space, but moving forward, you can help minimize your carbon footprint decreasing the amount of paper that you need to run your life. Below are some tips for converting your paper storage to digital.
Get Rid of Small Things
One of the biggest contributors to unnecessary paper storage is receipts. Instead of keeping every single receipt in hard copy somewhere in your home or business, you can utilize apps such as Lemon, which allow you to take pictures of your receipts, categorize them and store them in the cloud. The app’s organization capabilities are quite sophisticated and in addition to decluttering your life, it is a cheap storage option that will make your life that much more orderly.
Get Rid of Paper Statements
We all have bills, and we all, likely, still get a large number of them in hard copy, paper form. Whether it is your bank statement or the hydro bill, most companies, public and private, offer customers the option to go entirely digital. You can also set up automatic payments where the businesses that provide services for you can debit your account at the end of every billing period. Simply go over the e-bill and make sure the money has been taken out of your account.
Get a Scanner
If you are worried about going digital with some of your more sensitive documents like tax information and returns, don’t be. The tax collectors will accept most, if not all of your documents in electronic form. Instead of keeping all of those records cluttering up your home, a good, cheap storage option is to utilize a scanner, or simply take the documents to a place that has a scanner, and keep them all online.
Consider Using Google Documents
If you are looking for one location to store all of your documents online that is easily accessible, and above all, easy to use, then you should consider google docs. Google documents is the cheapest of the cheap storage options: it’s completely free. Having all of your documents in one, easy to access location will make your life a lot simpler.
Going digital involves some work, and it might seem easier to just keep all of that paper around and rummage through it when need be, but if you are willing to sit down, and commit to eliminating paper from your life, you will find yourself much more organized throughout the year. Best of all, you will cut down on the amount of paper that you use and throw away.