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How to go almost completely paperless in your home and office not as scary as you think!

Posted by Chris Greten on


With the goal of moving west in 5 years we really have a lot of downsizing to do.  When it is time to move I truly want to leave almost everything behind. Currently we own a Chevy HHR, which is typically not a big car.  I dream of the day of getting on the road and taking only what fits in the car! However, having a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house and 3 birds this does not even seem like it would be remotely possible. But I am a true believer in baby steps or doing things in bite size pieces. So with that in mind and the plan of moving in 5 years, the downsizing has already begun!

One of the major things I need to conquer is the paper we have in this house. Married for 28 years and having 2 adult children we have acquired a mountain of paperwork. Not to mention I am afraid to throw out anything because you just never know if you are going to need it. I purchased a Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanner for PC and Mac (PA03656-B005) and I have to say it was one of the best purchases I have made. I did check others and read lots of reviews. This model really works great and does the job well. There are no moving parts so if something jams you just open the lid and reset it there is nothing that can really cause trouble, and it hardly ever jams anyway.  This little gem scans 25 pages per minute and they can be single, double &/or color.  You can also pile all different size paper into the feeder and it will adjust itself to the size as it goes. Quite amazing. Not only does it scan, it will also file your document wherever you like on your computer as well as storing it on the cloud like in Evernote or whatever other program you choose. Scansnap will turn your document into a searchable PDF that makes it so easy to retrieve later.

If you think about it, there are not too many things that you actually need original copies of these days. You might need an original deed, birth certificate or other certificate but for most things a copy will do just fine. I read somewhere that the IRS, if you are audited, will even accept copies of receipts as well.  So what are you waiting for?  Dig out those boxes and start scanning!! I have scanned and filled up15 of those boxes that paper comes in, and let me tell you it is so..... freeing. I also know with every scan, followed by shredding I am one step closer to the goal of moving West! Below is an affiliate referral link to the Scansnap on amazon. Check it out you will not be sorry.  Leave me a comment as to what you are doing to downsize or reduce your clutter. I am always looking for more ways!    

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