Online banking, utility payments, and other digital services help keep us from swimming in paperwork. We have the technology at home to digitize and upload paper documents to the cloud.
Car titles, abstracts or title insurance policies, birth and marriage certificates, and wills are all things that don’t have a digital replacement. Of course, let’s not forget about tax time, which likely brings in all sorts of paperwork you normally don’t deal with.
Your child’s social security numbers or even your online passwords might be better left off the cloud, as you wouldn’t want someone to access those or any other sensitive information in the event of a data breach.
Whatever the reason, there is some paper that you’re just going to have to contend with. With the smaller amount of paperwork we do have to deal with, consider investing in quality binders and index tabs that are useful and look good, to wrangle it all.
Jennifer Gumbel is an estate planning and probate lawyer in Austin, Minnesota. She takes her morbid nerd-dom to another level by talking about how to organize your after life, with the website An Organized (after)Life and the podcast, An Organized (after)Life, which you can find on the website, Spreaker and ITunes. You can also find her on Instagram with pics on death organizing and small town Minnesota life at the handle @jengumbel.