Paper clutter is the bane of my existence. It doesn’t matter how hard I try, the stuff just seems to multiply overnight. Our house always seems to be littered with paper!
When I was talking to a friend about this problem a few weeks ago, she suggested that I try to go paperless at home. I never really considered this option before… I just assumed that paper would always be in my life – but, I’ve since learned that it doesn’t have to be.
I tried a few of my friend’s suggestions right away and then went a step further and tried some of my own ideas. Now, only 3 weeks after that conversation, I’m well on my way to a paperless home – and it feels great!
Here are 8 tips for making your home paperless.
1. Pay bills online.
Most banks allow you to pay your bills online and it is extremely safe to do so. Sign up for online banking and tell your bank to stop sending you paper bills and statements.
Some banks even offer some type of incentive for going paperless!
2. Cancel magazine subscriptions.
Many magazines are actually available for free online, believe it or not. Check with the magazines you are subscribed to to see if this is an option for you.
3. Cancel newspaper subscriptions.
There is an abundance of news available online – for FREE! There really is no need to have a newspaper subscription anymore (unless you are only subscribed to get coupon inserts – in which case you should throw the paper into your recycling bin immediately after taking the coupon insert out).
4. Don’t keep all of your childrens’ artwork.
Try not to be too sentimental about the artwork that your child creates. Only keep your absolute favourites and get rid of the rest. Take some photos before you toss them so you will still be able to look at them from time to time.
5. Purge your coupons often.
I love using coupons to save money, but those tiny slips of paper can really start to take over if you don’t get a handle on them.
Remember to go through your coupon stash on a regular basis (weekly is best) and get rid of any that are expired or that you don’t anticipate using.
6. Purge your books.
You should also go through your book collection a few times per year and get rid of books you no longer wish to keep.
Do this not only for your own books, but children’s books, cookbooks – everything.
7. Don’t let receipts take over.
If you hold on to receipts for entering into your monthly budget, keep them all in one spot in your home.
Update your budget weekly and then throw out the receipts (or file them away if they are important).
8. Remove yourself from mailing lists.
Stop that junk mail from entering your home. Remove yourself from mailing lists to prevent the junk from showing up in your mailbox.
Making your home paperless is a great way to get organized, save money, and live a more simple life. Not only that, but the less paper you have, the less of an impact you have on the environment.
Though it takes a bit of time to go paperless at home, the benefits of doing so are well worth the effort.