You have minimized your possessions, organized your closets, optimized your kitchen but you still feel like you have too much stuff?
Maybe it’s time to go paperless.
By digitizing your paperwork, saving it on a cloud and letting go of the paper clutter.
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Going paperless is life-changing (and saving) in many ways.
Here are 6 reasons to go paperless at home.
1/ Save The Earth
The US consumes 30% of the world’s paper production annually! With the average individual using 487 lb (220 kgs) of paper per year, the highest consumption capita in the world.
In the world we live in, we have all the tools we need to go paperless and yet we still consume lots of paper.
And this affects our environment in many ways:
- Water consumption: depending on the manufacturing process and the type of paper produced, it can take 1 to several gallons of water to produce a single sheet of paper.
- Toxic chemicals: chlorine is used in the bleaching of wood pulp. Paper in decay will leach the chemical into the soil and water and release organic compounds in the air.
- Methane emissions: in landfills, decomposed paper release methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.
2/ Declutter Your Home
If you have already minimized your possessions, then this is the next logical step.
Sorting, organizing and digitizing your documents isn’t exactly painless but the reward is worth the effort.
Going paperless at home is a great way to take your decluttering game to the next level and make space so that you can focus your energy where you really need it.
With your documents on the cloud, there is no risk of losing them in a fire or anywhere else for that matter.
4/ Find everything quicker
If you have a ton of paperwork at home, then you might struggle to find a specific piece of paper when you need it.
With cloud-based services like Evernote, it’s easy to organize your documents with tags and notes. Looking for your mortgage contract? Just a click, and boom, you have it.
5/ Access Your Documents Wherever You Are
Having a document saved on a cloud also means that you can access it from anywhere in the world. Imagine losing your passport while on a trip to Kenya. How life-saving would it be to be able to pull a copy from the cloud?
6/ Clutter-Free Memories
I don’t know you but I don’t have the space to keep all of my son’s artwork. I can’t keep count of how many drawings and art projects he’s brought home from school since he was a toddler.
Solution? Digitize the artwork that you and your child really wants to keep a memory of.
Same thing for the postcards that accumulate in a drawer and that you never dare to throw away because of its sentimental value.
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Paper has a way of sneaking up on you and accumulating in corners of the house that makes it difficult to keep it in check. It takes space, it’s hard to organize and to top it off it pollutes our environment – many reasons to embrace the paperless movement and go digital.
Thankfully, tools, apps and high-speed scanners are all there to make our transition from a paper to a paperless home a smooth one!
What would be your number 1 reason to go paperless at home?
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