Thursday, June 21, 2007

Going Paperless

An article on going paperless caught my eye today. It actually gives a few good reasons for NOT going paperless. How retro.

Personally, we've scanned most of our bulky documents and shredded the evidence. We bought an older model of this scanner. It was pricey, but we had a severe amount of paperwork to scan. This one is fast and reliable and does double-sided as well as color scans. As we scanned initially, and continue to scan, we do frequent backups on a .Mac account, as well as on an off-sight hard drive. Once that's done, we feel safe enough to shred. Overall, we're pretty happy because we're no longer wasting precious space on paper we're probably never going to need (Amex bill from June 2002? Really?). If we ever do need to find something, we're talking minutes instead of days.

That said, the article makes a couple of good points:
-- Viewing multiple pages at once is difficult without multiple monitors.
-- Paper is portable, lightweight, and doesn't require a powersource.

So we're both still glad we went paperless, but it's not for everyone. There's much less clutter though, and that means the world to a neat freak like me.