Friday, 18 October 2013

Declutter: Going paperless

For a long time now I have been a bit of a hoarder and since looking for somewhere to live. I'd rather go through my stuff now than have to move it all with me then go through it. 

So my first challenge to go paperless

It's something I found so daunting, but once I started I was addicted. 

How I did it..
  •  Sort though one page at a time, if you look at it all in bulk it will put you off. Do I need it? Do I want it? Do I need a paper copy of this? All vital questions to help you decide what to do.
  • Bin it, scan it or keep it as a paper copy 
  • Don't put it down, if the post comes sort through it and decide before you find a place to put it. That's how it always starts and before you know it a lot of useless paper your holding on to, to read later. Read it now or bin it.
  • Look around you now. Any bits of paper you can bin? Then do it. Saves you doing it later or when it's built up.

Once scanned
Upload to a virtual storage system (drop box, google drive) I find it safer this way. Even if your computer breaks you can still access these. Important documents such as banking to keep this safe I uploaded it here then transferred to my computer and removed from the virtual storage system. You can never be too safe. 
Any magazine articles I've kept, scanned and organised into a folder so I can access them on my laptop, computer, phone, someone else's computer. Anywhere. Magical right? 

Shred it!
You don't want anyone getting your information when you dispose of it. 

Do you have any tips or challenges you set yourself?


  1. Good idea! I am so unorganised I swear- there is paper everywhere! x

    1. I was the same! Time to clear it on out hehe


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