Don’t use paper with these 9 simple tips and tricks

Dealing with paperwork around the house, kitchen and office can be tiring. If you’re thinking of cutting out paper, this is the perfect time to join the game. By adopting a paperless routine, you can simplify your workflow and reduce your environmental impact.

Granted, it’s impossible to be completely paperless; You still need it for government documents, coupons, and quick notes. However, you can reduce the amount of paper you use by storing personal documents in the cloud, choosing a digital note-taking tool, jotting trip memories in a journal app, and switching to e-books.

Ready to make the switch? Here are some quick ways to cut down on your paper usage


1. Digitally sign documents

Do you need to sign a lease agreement or request medical records? Adobe Fill & Sign and Sign Easy makes it easy to sign just about anything on your phone or tablet.

Adobe Fill & Sign is free and gets the job done. Open a document in the app, select the signature icon at the top, create a signature using a finger or stylus, and add it to the relevant place.

If you want more features like native cloud storage support and better collaboration with others to execute contracts faster, you can use Sign Easy as well. While your phone will work fine, if you’re recording a lot of documents, you may want to choose a tablet that supports a stylus.


Adobe Fill & Sign: Free

Sign Easy: Free / $15 – $25 per month

2. Scan receipts and documents

You don’t need to store receipts and personal files in the drawer. Use a dedicated document scanner app and store this data directly on your phone. Applications like SwiftScan and Adobe Scan are smart enough to detect the edges of a document and deliver a flawless scanning experience. OneDrive is another app that comes with Office Lens built in for scanning and saving documents. Google also offers a PDF scanner called Stack but the app is only available in a few countries.


Adobe Scan: Free / $4 – $70 per item

SwiftScan: Free / $1 – $100 per item

3. Embrace cloud storage for a paperless life

Instead of keeping files in a bunch of folders and vaults, you can store them in a cloud storage service like Google Drive or OneDrive. Not only will you reduce clutter but you will also carry all your important documents with you at all times.

Google Drive is the default storage app for Android devices, and it comes with 15GB of free storage. Create new folders in Google Drive, scan files and upload them to the platform, and you are good to go.

If you sign up for a Microsoft 365 plan, you are already eligible for 1 TB of OneDrive storage. OneDrive provides private storage to provide additional security for your private and sensitive documents. And if you’re dealing with a 15GB Google wall, you might want to switch from Google Photos to OneDrive for storing photos and videos.


Google Drive: Free

OneDrive: Free / $2 – $10 per month

4. Replace Moleskine with a digital notes app

While many still prefer a laptop and sticky notes, you can’t go wrong with digital note-taking apps. Google Keep is a great choice for basic notes, offering basic formatting options, to-do list, and seamless sharing.

Microsoft OneNote is another note taking capable app that looks like an actual notebook with Sections > Notes style in organization. It’s packed with features like drawing tools, several format options, a built-in audio/video recorder, math equations, and table support. Did we say it’s free?


Google Keep: Free

OneNote: Free

5. Replace your print subscriptions with apps

It’s time to cancel pirint subscriptions and take advantage of the media apps on your phone or tablet. Most media is connected to the Internet, and many provide applications. You can subscribe to your favorite media company’s service, download the app, and have it right on your phone or tablet.

Get breaking news, the latest Wall Street updates, the latest Silicon Valley events, and developments in Washington right on your phone or tablet.

cost: Depends on your favorite news app

6. Keep track of your thoughts in the app journal

Next time you’re planning a trip, don’t add a notepad and pen to your bag. Download the Journey app from the Google Play Store and jot down your sweet vacation memories.

Apart from the standard text, you can add your location, mood, temperature, and media files to an entry. Journy Planner is another useful add-on for checking your entries by days and months.

cost: Free / Premium options available

7. Erase old photos

Do you have a bunch of old photos lying around? It’s time to digitize those shoe boxes filled with worthwhile photos of your bat-mizfak and those faded Polaroid photos from your 112th birthday.

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably forgotten that you even have real photos—you know, those envelopes filled with smelly paper you’d pick up from the drugstore—but you love posting your current memories on Instagram or Facebook. Alll is more reason to digitize your photos!

Photo scanning makes digitizing photos easy. Scan multiple photos, apply color filters, photo details, remove any glare, and create the perfect vintage album.

cost: Free / $1 – $100 per item

8. Buy and read e-books

We know that nothing beats the feeling of flipping through the pages of a beloved book, but hear us out: eBooks are a great alternative that you can buy in the comfort of your own home.

Amazon is the clear leader when it comes to e-books, although Roku and Google have big collections as well. You can browse and shop eBooks, including bestsellers and new releases. For the reading experience, you can customize the background color, font size, bookmark a quote, add notes, use a built-in dictionary, and even use the Google/Wikipedia integration.

cost: The price varies according to the address

9. Make small changes to your daily habits

Let’s talk about some general tips to help you get rid of paper. Ask your bank, credit card company, and service providers to stop sending you the paper statement, because the e-mailed statement works just fine. When you’re at the ATM, skip the printed receipt. Use Google Sheets to balance your checkbook. There is no shortage of ways to reduce your reliance on paper.

Now that you are on your way to a paper-free life, you will have to think of ways to keep track of all your daily tasks. Google Keep is good enough for the basics, but if you live a busy life, you’ll need to find an excellent to-do list or task management app to keep you on schedule.

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