The Great Declutter: Go Paperless!

Please note the fragile cardboard inbox/shelf deal in this stack ‘o’ paper pile up.

This was supposed to be our savior. Spots for him and her, shred it and file it, husband’s business stuff. We were going to meet every Tuesday night and clear it out. That lasted two weeks before we just got too busy dealing with the rest of the stuff.

Goodbye cardboard inbox thingy. You’re going to a better place.

Truth time: while I am posting some pretty sweet before and after photos, this job is not done. There is a small box of items Chris needs to look through and I have at least a half day of shredding to do.

But below you will see my future. One file folder and a USB key. I’ve scanned my high school diploma, unofficial university transcripts, a few receipts, some statements about our mortgage I don’t have access to online and a few other odds and ends. The rest will be shredded or recycled.

Many moons ago I temped at a health clinic. They were in the process of going paperless. The process meant that everything was scanned and also kept. Nightmare. Luckily I made the executive decision to skip transition and just dive right in.

I need to do some research to see how much I can thin out in that little folder. Are scanned copies okay for:

  • life insurance
  • tax returns
  • mortgage/sale/home purchase documents

I’ll look into what I legally need to keep and hopefully get rid of even more.

And here it is…


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