This year I made a New Year’s resolution to go “paper-less.” Not paperless, meaning getting rid of all the paper in my apartment (but if you want to do that, Small Notebook has some really good tips) – just less paper. I just wanted to get rid of the unnecessary paper I’ve been keeping, and to stop accumulating more paper by scanning and filing important documents on my computer.
This was the focus of my paper reduction project:
Most of that is from college (some are even from high school!). I had so many binders that I kept half of them facing backward so I could fit them all on my shelf. I also have a lot of photos, and some stationery that I haven’t used in years.
I didn’t want to get rid of all my college papers – a lot of them are useful resources to me now. But the way they were organized, they weren’t accessible – I actually forgot a lot of what I had in there. So I went through everything, scanned what I wanted to keep, and tossed the rest into the recycling bin.
I also made a sub-folder for receipts – not everything, just stuff I can claim on my tax return.
So next I have to go through my photos. . . .
How do you organize old papers? Do you keep the originals, save digital copies, or do you toss old stuff?