In every household, office, and classroom, there’s always that one part of the room that is crowded with documents, bills, receipts, certificates, and more. While these papers are indeed important and holds private information, you can’t deny that you’ve been itching to throw these away just to remove the clutter from your life. Organising doesn’t have to be so tricky and annoying, there are easy ways you can make your life simpler and better.
The art of decluttering papers
You can now enjoy your drawers more and store more important items than receipts from 5 years ago. It may be challenging to start, but it will definitely be worthwhile for you in the long run. You may need to spend a few bucks as well if you want to store important documents properly and keep them safe as well. There are documents that can simply be stored in a computer or online storage – you can just print them whenever you need it!
Tools for your paperless journey:
- Scanner. These days, there are printers with scanning and copying features that you can take advantage of. It’s also quite affordable and portable as well if you move a lot in your line of work. Scanners, as the name suggests, scans the items you need to be moved and saved to your computer. It provides a crystal clear digital copy compared to snapping photos of it. Plus, you can organise it in files if you need to.
- Shredder. This is for documents that contains private and important details on paper – and to ensure that no one gets their hands on it after being thrown. Some families actually use these shreds as firestarters during a barbecue fest or for a campfire. It’s to ensure that the documents won’t be patched together and still reveal the items written – although that’s unlikely and tedious.
- Create an online storage for documents and calendars. Thankfully, this digital age made it possible to store them online if ever your computer has no extra storage left. While it can be daunting, there are some apps and softwares that are reliable for these kinds of tasks – like Google, Evernote, and more. While there are premium options for better features, you can try these out for free.
- Downsize your drawers to a small inbox. This will urge you to minimise your collection of papers and documents that crowds most of your room. It will be a great way to pull out the document you need right away and stow them easily as well. These are documents that can’t be shredded – legal papers like your original birth certificate, marriage contract, and a lot more. However, you can save them up digitally in case of emergency.