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4 steps to a paper-free life

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Stop stacks of paper from standing between you and organizational bliss with these steps for taking your documents digital, from Teens in Tech’s editorial director, Emmanuel Banks.

  1. Gather the necessary equipment. You need a scanner to digitize your documents, a shredder for sensitive paperwork and some high-quality folders to file away important originals.
  2. Select a document-storage service. Evernote and Lemon Wallet are two great multifunctional services.
  3. Sort, scan, store and scrap. Sort your paper into three piles: “Cru­­cial Paper” for bills, documents and mail requiring an action; “Stuff I’d Like to Keep”; and “Junk and Clut­­ter.” Handle each stack appropriately.
  4. Recycle. Recycle your shredded and unshredded paper waste. If your city doesn’t have a recycling program, you can find one through the mobile application iRecycle or 1800Recycling.com.

— Adapted from “How to Digitize All Your Paper,” Emmanuel Banks, Lifehack.

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