April 22nd is Earth Day. What a great opportunity to do something good for Mother Earth AND get organized.
Going paperless is an option more and more businesses are offering. We can get bills sent to us via email or directly to our online banking accounts. We can read magazines online and shop online instead of using catalogs. We can read the news online instead of getting the newspaper. There is no question changing to paperless can be better for our environment. So why don’t more of us use the paperless systems available to us?
Here are some reasons our client’s have had a difficult time transitioning to paperless systems.
• They fear they won’t remember to pay bills if the paper bill is not on the kitchen counter or on their desk.
• Articles, news or catalogs are difficult to read online. (i.e. the text is too small or the “feel” isn’t the same).
• Retrieving information, from a paid bill or an article online, is more difficult than if it were on paper.
• It’s easier to hand over paper documents to an accountant for tax purposes.
• Confidential information is safer on paper than it is online.
• It just doesn’t seem right to not have a full printed copy of certain materials like wills, legal documents, etc.
It’s understandable that transitioning to a more digital lifestyle can be overwhelming. It is also understandable it may not fit everyones lifestyle. But what if you were able to help reduce pollution, and potentially make your life easier? Here are some ways to work a paperless organizing systems into your lifestyle.
- Start Small
- An average tree can make roughly 5000-8000 sheets of copy paper. A typical paper copy of a cell phone bill is at least 5-10 pages. Start a paperless system with your cell phone bill. At the very least you will save 60-120 pages of paper a year! This small change can save one tree about every three years.
- Put a recycle bin or basket by your front door or where you sort your mail. Not only will this make tossing junk mail quick and easy it saves a LOT of trees. Paper can be recycled up to 5-7 times and still be useful!
- We know your intentions are good. You want to read the magazines you receive. After all, the information is useful and keeps you connected to the world or new trends. Try an experiment. Stop one magazine from being delivered for 6 months. (Don’t panic, you can always start receiving the magazine again if you miss it). Gauge how often you actually miss receiving it. My guess is, you won’t. Need further incentive? The magazine you receive is typically 32 pages thick. You can save about one tree every year by stopping your subscription AND you have less clutter to manage when the mail arrives.