On my last minimalism post I talked about getting rid of your junk drawer. And one of the things that we accumulate the most, and is probably 40% of the content in a junk drawer, are documents and paper bills!
Last month I’ve decided to go through all my bills, sort them out and come up with a plan to reduce them. There are several ways you can do this.
E-statements. Choosing paperless billing will reduce the amount of bills you receive. You can choose to receive an email or text message from most companies. If you can limit the flow of paper coming in you’ll have an easier time keeping on top of it. Wherever possible opt for online statements. I’ve created a folder on my e-mail inbox where I save all my bills.
Scan. Not all companies give you the option to go paperless, so the one’s that don’t, you can always scan the bill and recycle the paper. If you don’t have a scanner you can use your phone. I always use the PhotoScan app to scan my documents.
Back-up. Google drive is my bestfriend when it comes to save images, but I recently started using it to save documents and mostly billing too. By creating a backup of all of your bills and documents you will be able to access these whenever and wherever you are.
And the good news are… I have one more free drawer!
If you have any other tips to go paperless please leave them in a comment below.
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