Are you overwhelmed by stuff? Are you drowning in a sea of paperwork? Do you feel stressed out because of the mess you’re surrounded by each and every day? You are certainly not alone. Most people live with more clutter than they really want or need, and it has been shown that excess clutter is a prime source of stress for many people. The good news is, thanks to technology, it has never been easier to minimize your clutter by digitizing as much of your stuff as possible.
Sound good? Here’s a quick guide to digitizing your life to clear space and find more peace of mind in your day to day life:
Sign Up for an Online Mailing Address
If you’re sick and tired of bills stacking up and junk mail seemingly taking over your porch, a simple fix is to get online access to PO box. You can do this by signing up for a virtual post box, which will cost just a dollars each month. Your post will be delivered to the company, who will then scan and upload it so you can read it at any time you like from the convenience of your own home without it actually taking up any space in your place. Great, right?
Keeping all of those receipts so that you can do your taxes accurately might be necessary, but it can be a real pain having to have them in the house. Not only that, but they are so easily lost and you can get into lots of trouble when you can’t find then. That’s why you may want to consider digitizing that part of your life too. There are numerous apps like JotNot Scanner and QuickPic which will enable you to use your phone to scan your receipts and store then digitally, ensuring that they don’t get lost, and that you don’t have to look at them each and every day.
Turn Your Important Documents into PDFS
If you have lots of important documents that you need to hold onto for reference-or whatever, that doesn’t mean you’re resigned to having a few full filing cabinets in your home or workplace. There are numerous document scanner apps that will turn those important pieces of paper into far more convenient PDFs that will do the same job, with the added minutes that they will be far easier to find when they’re in digital form, and a lot more difficult to lose (providing your back them up).
Switch to Streaming
Instead of keeping shelves full on DVDs and Blu-Rays and instead of having to worry about bulky Blu-Ray players and the like, why not switch to online streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu for your home entertainment needs? Its so liberating to be able to watch exactly what you want to watch exactly when you want to watch it without having to take up masses of space in your home that could otherwise be used for yoga, meditation or simply left clear to make your mind feel less cluttered.
Digitize Your Collections
If streaming isn’t for you, but you own a laptop or desktop computer, all you need is the right software and you can turn your physical movie collection, and your music and even book collections into digital versions, which although you may need a few devices to access them on, will dramatically reduce the amount of space you need to dedicate to them.
Use Apple or Android Pay
Why carry around a wallet stuffed with cash and numerous cards that can so easily be lost or stolen, when all you need is your phone to ensure that you can pay for goods and services on the go? Sure, your wallet might not take up huge amounts of space, but when you’re carrying that and your phone, your purse or pocket can get pretty bulky pretty fast and it’s so unnecessary that you might as well digitize your money too.
Upload to Instagram
If you have a lot of photos, scanning them and uploading them to Instagram or similar, and then taking any new photos you have digitally, so that they can be uploaded really easily is a great way to get rid of the clutter than they bring. You can, of course, print them out should you want to display them, and you’ll benefit from begin able to enhance them so that they look even better, using something like Photoshop, when they’re in digital form.
You don’t have to digitize everything, but it can really help you to make the most of your space, increase your convenience and unclutter your mind.