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About Me Hi, I'm Denise, and I'm a paperholic. As a writer, I need plenty of paper for my creative process. But all that paper costs me; it consumes my time, my attention, and my workspace. Silently, stacks of paper steal my focus, challenging my ability to create consistently.
Enough, already! Those piles have got to go. Come on, join me. Let's explore the possibilities and the pitfalls of a paperless life together.

Wait a minute, Mr. Postman

Remember when getting mail was fun?

You may have to hop in the Wayback Machine to revisit your childhood memories to recall when mail meant birthday cards and party invitations. Today, your home mailbox and mine are most likely filled with not-so-sweet sentiments: bills, notices, and junk mail in every conceivable format.

What if the mail fairy could wave her magic wand and bring back the childhood glee?

While they can’t guarantee the daily trip to your snail mailbox will be all fun and games, Zumbox—the world’s first and only paperless postal system—can certainly make it a lot less irritating.

Your street address already has its own Zumbox. Take a look at how it works:

Not sure you want to take the paperless plunge? No worries. You can continue to receive a paper version of the mail along with the Zumbox mail version. And did I mention it’s free? Here are the particulars… (more…)

Paper, paper everywhere!

This is not fun.

I really don’t even want to do this part. But I suppose I owe it to you. After all, when you go on a diet, you’ve got to know where you’re starting from before you can begin to measure your progress. So, come on into my office. But watch your step.;)

People who know me are in for a bit of a shock. You see, I’m the same person they chide for keeping my spice cabinet in alphabetical order. The one who keeps her shoes in Closet Fetish boxes with photos on every box. The one whose wine cellar is organized by bin number. And now, you’ll all see why going on a paper diet is going to be a year-long effort.

Drumroll, please… (more…)

Find the chocolate chip cookies

photo: flickr/mrs magic

Yesterday, I scooped up a 4-inch thick file and walked it over to my desk. It was a file of recipes.  How appropriate, since we are going on a paper diet.

Excitedly, I grabbed my hubby. “Watch how fast and painless this is!” I said as I slid a stack of 36 pages into the scanner. “Go ahead, push the button,” I giggled. He didn’t even have to think about which button to press because there’s only one; it’s labeled SCAN and highlighted by an inviting blue light. He was amazed that the scanner sucked those pages through so quickly.

As if that wasn’t enough entertainment for him, (more…)

Super scanner to the rescue

Being an early adopter, I can’t even count the number of scanners I’ve owned over the years. In the early 90s, there was the original PaperPort. Next, a handful of flatbed HP scanners, each new arrival sleeker and less costly than its predecessor. Once, when browsing at an airport kiosk, the former CPA in me fell in love with NeatReceipts, and years later I tried NeatDesk, its big brother.

But ever since the Fujitsu ScanSnap swept me off my feet, I haven’t been able to entertain the thought of another scanner.

This baby rocks.

One button. How simple is that?  (more…)

Paperless does not mean paper-free

Let me be clear about what I’m aiming for here. For my purposes, paperless simply means getting by with less paper. Having a reasonable amount of paper is not a bad thing in my book. I’m certainly not aspiring to eliminate every scrap of paper from my life, in a fanatical kind of way.

Maybe we should think of it as paper-less.

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