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.

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Step 2: Digitising

One of my earliest posts waaay back in June 2010 was about carrying a home notebook. It was a small spiral bound notebook I wrote down references about our house, such as dimensions of furniture.

Of course, the problem with a paper-based system is that you had to remember which handbag it was in and it tended to get really tattered and messy with scribbled updates.

My notebook has now gone high-tech! I set it up in Evernote on my desktop computer (way quicker to type everything in) but I can easily access and edit it on my phone when I’m out-and-about. I love that if I find some cute storage boxes I know they’ll fit into the shelves back at home. It seriously cuts down the time spent returning too-short curtains and too-big frames.

I haven’t tried it yet but I believe you can also share notes with other users (don’t know how much use it will be though, pretty sure The Man has never been casually wandering around a furniture store by himself and thought ‘Gee, that’s a gorgeous tablecloth, if only I knew what size our dining table was’).

Do any of you guys have a reference system like this? Or are you more a of a cross-your-fingers-and-hope kind of person?

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  • Mags

    Spooky timing reading this post, as I was just thinking about options for coralling my paper life and digitising it – trying to decide between Evernote and MS One Note. It would be interesting to hear what information you keep and how you organise it to give me a kickstart as I’m just not sure how to organise myself with this!

    • Hi Mags, glad it’s been useful for you! I don’t know anything about MS One Note so I can’t comment on that, but I love Evernote because it’s cross-platform (I use it on my PC, iPad and Android phone), I can share items with my (Apple-using) husband and it can integrate with other things I use like Google Calendars, Google Reader & Zendone. I’ll definitely be covering more of the what to keep / what to toss / what to digitise issue and how to organise both paper and digital files. Stay tuned!

      Feel free to let me know if you have any specific questions though and I’ll make sure I include them.

      In the meantime here are the previous posts in the series to get you up to speed with what we’ve covered so far: http://www.atypicaltypea.com/index.php?s=going+paperless

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