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Ask Slashdot: How Do You File Paper Documents At Home? 371

swamp boy writes "How do you file paper documents at home? I'm mostly asking about things like monthly paper-based statements that get mailed to you (credit cards, gas cards, medical bills, health insurance explanation of benefits, electricity bill, natural gas bill, water bill, etc.). Do you push to have as many sent electronically as possible? Do you scan the paper documents to store electronically and then shred the paper document? How do you manage and organize the ones stored electronically? I've been doing this the old-fashioned way with manila file folders, but as time goes by I keep thinking that I should opt for digital storage. What works for you?"
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You File Paper Documents At Home?

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  • Keep them? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 01, 2011 @12:46PM (#35991268)

    I keep the absolute minimum amount of paper lying around.

    Bills get payed and then shredded. Why keep them? Same for almost every other piece of paper. My yearly insurance policy gets stuck in a binder (and the old one gets shredded). Oh, and I keep the ownership documents for my house. That's it. If everything in my paper 'archive' is 50 pages total I'm being generous.

    There is no need to keep all that junk around. In fact, I wouldn't need the paper that I do keep, because if I would ever need it I can have a replacement copy sent.

  • Re:folders (Score:4, Interesting)

    by superwiz ( 655733 ) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @12:50PM (#35991298) Journal
    I've been able to find parking tickets from years back (because Police's system glitched and re-issued the ticket after it was resolved). It took less than half an hour to find all information on the tickets from 3 years prior.
  • Geeky method (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Compaqt ( 1758360 ) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @12:57PM (#35991360) Homepage

    Get a sequential numbering stamp, stamp your documents, and file them in order.

    Then keep info about them in a database, inputting both the unique number, and free-form tags about the document.

  • by TechForensics ( 944258 ) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @06:52PM (#35993584) Homepage Journal

    Most dumbfounded I've ever been after reading any thread on Slashdot in at least a decade. There are paper filing cabinets galore, and even PaperPort has its merit, so who with any technical ability would muck with files when every filing cabinet you own, hundreds if you have them, can be on your desktop and every drawer icon a different color for selection by mouse and re-creating in printed form from where you sit??? Tell me about just *one* modern hospital that doesn't store, organize and re-create medical records just like that?

    Underutilization of this technology has been one of my largest battlements. Now that I see even Slashdot isn't more into it, I think something more than technophobia is going on here. I'm really scratching my head but I can't see what it is.

    The one profession that CAN NOT do without this software is Attorney. Pretty good for CPAs too. Doctors have eClinicalWorks. *What is the excuse* for being so far behind the curve, Slashdot?

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