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The benefits of going paperless

A paperless home is an organized, eco-friendly, budget conscious home.

What is paperless?

The concept of going paperless has become a popular practice, and it is so much more than simply checking a box on your monthly bank statement. A paperless home is one that swears to:

  • Banish billing statements from the kitchen table
  • Send unnecessarily long CVS receipts soaring into the garbage
  • Declutter the depths of your most unorganized cabinets
  • Make room for bodies to take up space...not paperwork

And above all else, a paperless home is a happy home. There are numerous benefits to living a paperless lifestyle, ranging from personal perks to global gains. To get you thinking, we compiled a list of our favorite benefits of paperless living.

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Benefits of going paperless

Going paperless has a number of benefits that stretch far beyond feeling more organized and at-home in your space. Sure, limiting the amount of paper clutter in your desk or half-read magazines on your end table feels great, but making the decision to digitize your documents can change your life and change the world. Here’s why. 

Paperless living can help you make better use of:

Your time

Have you ever woken up one day with a lot of ambition? So much so, that you’ve found yourself spending the whole day going through all your paperwork, pulling out your old college diplomas, sorting through receipts from seven years ago, and scattering your family photos all over the floor to make sense of how to arrange them into a “greatest moments” album from your trip to Greece last summer? 

If you’re like most of us, you probably got about halfway through this project and then left stacks of paper all over your house for the next few weeks...only to get discouraged and cram the documents back into your miscellaneous drawer of items that are “too important to throw out, but not important enough to have a specific place for.” Is this ringing any bells?

Having piles and piles of paperwork to look through is the biggest time suck. Instead of devoting hours of your day (or years of your life!) to searching through stacks of files for something you need, embrace paperless living. When you upload your documents to an online system, they will be much easier to locate, and you’ll be able to spend more quality time doing fun activities with friends and family. 

Your money

As much as we all don’t want to admit it, we know that money does not grow on trees. We work hard for every dollar we earn and are constantly searching for ways to stretch the value of our money farther. By going paperless, you can save more money over time.

The less paper you buy and use, the more dollars you keep. Trade in your white paper for the green kind. Trust us, your wallet will thank you.

Your environment

We often overlook the role that our environment plays in our daily lives—whether that’s our work environment, home environment, or local environment. 

Your home environment

As mentioned, a huge benefit to going paperless is the added room that digitizing your files will free up in your internal environment, which includes your work space and your living space. In your office, you’ll be able to work more efficiently and effectively with less items surrounding your work area.

On the flip side, your living spaces—kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom, and bedrooms—would also benefit from transitioning to a paperless lifestyle. According to the American Cleaning Institute, getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40% of housework in the average home. 40%! Organizing your paperwork makes up only a piece of this equation, but every bit of progress counts, and you are probably holding onto more paperwork than you think.

Your external environment

In addition, digitizing your documents also helps preserve the environment outside of your home. Manufacturing paper products can produce a variety of greenhouse gases that can lead to global warming and deforestation. Participating in a regular recycling practice has been shown to minimize some of the damage, and The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that paper and paperboard recycling, at about 46 million tons, resulted in the largest portion of the total municipal solid waste (MSW) reduction in 2018. This reduction may not seem like much, but it’s equivalent to removing over 33 million cars from the road for one year! Even though this is great progress, there is still more to be done to protect all of our ecosystems and the animals we share them with.

Switching to a paperless lifestyle is the most sustainable option, and if you need more evidence to support why reducing paper waste helps save our planet, you can calculate the environmental impact of your paper usage to see what small changes you can make today to make a lasting difference for years to come. 

Your data

Last, but certainly not least, when you make the decision to go paperless and digitize all of your important documents, your information will be safer. It can be extremely challenging to monitor the whereabouts of your physical documents, and if you’re not careful, sensitive information can very easily be misplaced, lost, or accidentally shared with wandering eyes. 

When you transfer your information to an online document management system you are automatically building in an added layer of protection that will help shield your data from hackers. And, when you use the Rosy Home console and the Rosy Go app to store your information and private memories, you can rest assured knowing that you will be in complete control of your information. The choice to share your memories or keep them private is yours alone.

Going paperless can have a lasting effect on you, your family, the environment, and our planet. If you’ve witnessed even more benefits as a result of going paperless, tell us your stories with our Rosy social media communities, including our Facebook and Instagram pages! We’d love to hear about your experiences, your tips and tricks on ways to go paperless, and the lessons you’ve learned during this transition.


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