Way back when I decided to go paperless, I made the decision not to go and scan everything in the filing cabinet. The reason was primarily because I never had to look for anything in the filing cabinet. It would have been a waste of time to scan in paper that I would never use. So instead I focused on new paper coming into my life. That was more than two years ago.
We have a number of projects going on around the house. We are almost done transforming our old office into a living room. We ordered some nice furniture for the room, which will be delivered on Tuesday, and in prepping the room for the furniture, we decided to move the filing cabinet out of the room. The opportunity presented itself, at last, to see if there was anything worth scanning. Turns out there, was, although I probably scanned more than I needed to. The filing cabinet is a double-wide, two-drawer cabinet, and it was full yesterday morning. It is empty now. Here is the stack of paper that I pulled and decided to scan:
Before I got started, I was curious to see how much paper I’d scanned since getting my Fujitsu Scansnap s1300i (well over a year ago). Turns out, the scanner tracks this. Before I got started with my scanning yesterday, here’s what the numbers looked like:
In something like 1-1/2 years, I’d scanned about 1,700 pages, which tells you how little paper I actually get. It took me yesterday and this morning to scan in that stack of paper, but it is done now, and here is the result:
That’s over 1,300 pages scanned, all through my trust Fujitsu s1330i, and all without a single problem. No snags, nothing caught in the scanner, nothing misscanned as far as I can tell.
Of course, this is only part of the job. I now have to go through these scans in Evernote and tag them, date them, title them, etc., but I can do that while watching TV with the family over the course of several evenings.
Bottom line is that is was much easier to scan in the paper from my filing cabinet than I thought it would be. It made me love my Fujitsu scanner that much more.