A year ago, I packed up my apartment and moved to Boulder for the summer. Then I moved into a sublet, Then I moved into a house in Oakland, Before that, I’d done 5 other moves–from a rental in San Jose to another in Palo Alto, from a house in New Jersey to San Jose, from a San Jose house to NJ, from Brooklyn to NJ..you get the picture.
This is by way of illustrating that any possessions–and files–that survived the moves had to feel pretty damn valuable.
So here I am, nice Spring weekend, deciding this is the moment to clean out my file cabinet and put away all those old bills, tax statements, etc lying around in a big old box.
Only you know, what I discovered?
So much of what I use to manage my life and pay bills, track insurance, etc. is now digital that I was able to throw 2/3rd of the paper out (after I shredded it, of course).
I am writing this post, tho, because it’s not the shift in the companies that service me that is noteworthy, it’s my attitude. Somehow, a year ago, having files of COBRA statements, conference attendees, etc, felt useful; today it feels like so much clutter.
While I am not as close to the end of paper as I wish I was, it’s clear that online filing systems, the kindle and the cloud are making it much easier to not print things out–and easier to have repositories of records that are digital.
Side note: Anyone scanning their paper files? (Or is that over the top anal?)