Jul 28, 2022

Your Guide to Having a Paperless Life Today

NOTE: This article has nothing to do with genealogy. If you are looking for genealogy-related information, I suggest you skip this article.

If you have been reading this newsletter for a while, you probably already know that I am a fanatic for going paperless. Life without paper is good! Also, life without paper can save a lot of time and frustration when later trying to locate and retrieve items.

For instance, a few months ago, I traveled and stayed in a hotel room in Anchorage, Alaska. If I wanted a document or some other bit of information I saved in an earlier week or even in an earlier year, I could quickly retrieve it from my paperless filing system, even from Alaska. Try doing that with paper! To retrieve anything from paper files when needed, I would need to carry a 4-drawer or larger filing cabinet as my carry-on luggage on the plane!

Aaron Couch published an article on the MakeUseOf web site several years ago that describes the easier ways to convert to a paperless existence. Admittedly, I only found the article recently and am impressed with it.

Aaron writes:

“Paperless – a term that is used quite often now days. But what does it mean? And to what extent does it apply? Certainly we all still use paper to some degree despite the advancements in technology, so how can we go completely paperless?

“Well, the truth is, there will likely always be some form of paper, but the problem doesn’t lie in using paper itself, but instead having awareness for the amount used and methods of which it is being used for.”

He then describes:

Alternatives To Printing & Paper Notes

Print To PDF

Save As WWF, Save A Tree

Electronically Sign Documents

Use Your Smartphone For Notes

Clip Webpages Instead Of Printing Them

Cutting Down On [Snail] Mail

Get Your Bank Statements Via Email

Fill Out Forms Online

Email Invoices (For Businesses)

Get Your News & Information Online

Unsubscribe From Mailing Lists

Pay Your Bills Online

Scan Existing & New Documents

Use A File Organizer, Preferably With OCR

Sync Your Documents Across All Devices

Conclusion: Helpful Methods To Adopt

If you would like to simplify your life, start by reading The Future Is Here – Your Guide to Having a Paperless Life Today by Aaron Couch at A related video, How to go Paperless with a Digital Filing System, can be found at

Also see my earlier article, Possibly the Best (?) Document Scanner for Home and Office Use, at: