I think you’ll all agree when I say that paperwork is one of the biggest clutter culprits in most homes. ‘Going paperless’ is a semi-regular series on eliminating paper from your home in order to save time, reduce clutter and benefit the environment.
Step 1: Prevention
Last time we talked about junk mail, which is really easy to eliminate. But what about that personally addressed mail? Bills and statements may seem like a necessary evil but there are still some ways to reduce it.
Eliminate unnecessary accounts
A few months ago The Man and I switched banks but the old account is still sitting there, so we get sent a pointless zero dollar statement every month. Time to close that account! There might also be accounts you can consolidate, for example bundling your landline, mobile phone and internet so you only receive one bill, saving you time and money.
Many of our regular payments (mortgage, insurance, phone and internet bills) are paid automatically out of our account which is not only time- and hassle-saving, but it also prevents the influx of bills every month.
Get bills and statements online
Most billers and financial institutions these days offer online statements so take advantage of that and instantly reduce the amount of paperwork coming in. Some companies, like our electricity supplier, will even give you a discount for going digital.
Now, happy mail (that is, invitations, cards and letters from loved ones) on the other hand, falls firmly in the category of ‘More, please!’.
Next time: dealing with subscriptions