The best way to go paperless is to start now and go forward with the philosophy, then go back and deal with accumulated papers including sentimental items. The mail keeps coming – every day for most of us. Paper, paper, paper. First step to going paperless is:
Immediately sort the mail into (1) keep (to scan), (2) recycle, and (3) shred/throw out. Think to yourself: “do I need this?” I’m certain that the majority of what comes to my mailbox is junk mail – how about you? I have tried out the app Paper Karma, and I believe that it has dramatically reduced the junk mail that I receive. You take a picture of the address the junk mail was sent from, and it notifies the sender that you wish to be unsubscribed.
Reduce mail by going paperless with bank and credit card statements. Recycle in bins where it benefits a non-profit – you’re doing MORE good by having LESS paper in your house!
Remember that most mail is not official business – you’re not a celebrity getting fan mail, this is JUNK MAIL! The IRS is even urging taxpayers to “kick the paper habit“, so say to yourself again “do I need this [paper]?”