Organize Paper?

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Registered: 11-09-2011
Organize Paper?
Fri, 05-16-2014 - 11:46am

Do you guys digitally store your papers or do you keep hardcopies? If you keep hardcopies, how long do you hold on to something? Has anyone ever needed a document that they only had a digital copy of and that wasn't good enough?

I'm trying to decide if I should scan everything and dump the hard copies. I've got way too much paper clutter. 

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Registered: 08-25-2006
Tue, 05-20-2014 - 5:34pm

I think it depends what it is (i.e. tax receipts for IRS or just something you want to keep)

I am still too afraid to throw the paper version of away of most things.  But that is just me.  Of course, if you do scan and toss, make sure you have a back up, and even a 3rd back up.  We scanned receipts for a year with Neat Receipts and lost it all, out of the blue.  It may have been there somewhere, but we couldn't find it.  

I trust a lot of things to servers, but not anything that could be destroyed in my home by water or fire, etc.  (i.e. a back up thumb drive won't do me any good if it is destroyed with the computer)  It must be off site.

Hope that helps.  If in doubt, ask the specific company or agency what they would require, if need be.

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Registered: 11-09-2011
Thu, 05-22-2014 - 6:39am

Thanks! I do plan on having multiple backups like I do my photos. Good reminder though! :)

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Registered: 02-14-2000
Tue, 08-12-2014 - 4:46pm

Paper.........multiplies! So do discs, thumb drives and any storage devices. I now have 5 filing exclusively arts and crafts, one for various groups I've worked with, one with personal stuff like family reunion info/geneology/school records, one for receipts/guarantees and appliance books/utility records and household papers and one misc....which covers everything from soccer team lists to poetry to game rules. I have a 6th held in reserve.......

Do not ask me how to reduce papers!!! LOL