Having a lot of clutter around is known to cause stress. And some of the easiest clutter to accumulate is paper from statements, bills, receipts, agreements and more.
Fortunately, it’s easy to go paperless. Here are reasons why you should go paperless and four steps to achieve a paperless lifestyle.
Benefits of Paperless Living
- You’re helping the environment! Fiserv estimates that if every American household viewed and paid bills online, it could reduce solid waste by more than 800,000 tons a year and save about 18.5 million trees.
- You don’t have to worry about sensitive information in the mailbox or lying around your house or office.
- Digital files make for an easy audit trail and easy-to-search information
How to Go Paperless
- Sign up for everything online. You can get eStatements, bills, privacy policies and other documents online instead of in the mail. Most of the time you just need to check off a box to activate that feature. Some stores and services will also give you the option to opt for an email receipt rather than paper.
- Get in the habit of scanning things. You don’t need a fancy scanner to do this, your smartphone can handle it. There are apps that help you scan documents, such as CamScanner.
- Store digital files in more than one location. Some people are nervous about digital files because they’re afraid something may happen to their computer. Besides saving to your computer, you can use cloud-based services like Dropbox, Evernote or Google Drive. This will allow you to access your files on any computer or mobile device.
- Shred what you don’t need. If you scan the important documents, you can then shred the paper version. Small home shredders are fairly cheap, but many communities provide shredding services periodically.
Get started now and enjoy more space!