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Whatever Happened to the "Paperless Society?"

I don't own a Kindle Reader and I don't know anyone who does. Being a hands-on person, I would miss the tactile quality of a real book. Wouldn't you? I can't stand reading more than two paragraphs on the small screen without giving up and printing out the whole article.

Hence, you guessed it, I have huge bunches of 8 1/2 x 11 paper—some neatly stapled together, others frighteningly loose—spilling over the surface of my desk and onto the floor. I hired an organizer (twice!), but it apparently didn't take, because a week after she left I reverted to my old habits. I have one stack so high that I can barely see over it, and I'm sure they are all important papers or I wouldn't have saved them, but I have no idea what gems now repose at the bottom of the stack. I'm afraid to find out!

I have an "In" box, an "Out" box and an overflowing one marked "Pending." That's not the problem. I love information, and/but I'm drowning in it. Help! Besides, I've got some nasty paper cuts.

Perhaps I should start a support group, called, "Women Who Love (Information) Too Much."

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Hello Mary Lynn

I used to work for a paper company and we joked about that often.  Ironically computers allow people to print out more paper, not use less of it.  And let's not forget toilet paper; can't do without that, can we?

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Mary Lynn Archibald

Thomas,

I'd love to do my bit for the environment, but aside from printing on both sides of a page, I'm at a loss. Ideas?

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Ask yourself if you really

Ask yourself if you really need to print it out.  Can you read it on the monitor?

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We would like

a picture of the frightening piles of paper ;) Always curious about how others work and the space they make their magic.

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Mary Lynn Archibald

Hi Belle,

I thought about providing one, but am too embarrassed. You first.

Mary Lynn

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About 12 years ago

when I was working in the central office of our phone company, we were "officially" a paperless office. We were supposed to be a showcase of the modern, clean operation. Needless to say, our desks were piled high with dead tree documents, customer lists, receipts, Rolodexes and other Luddite paraphernalia. About twice a year, the big wigs from company headquarters would come north to show off our office. We'd do this mad scramble to clear all the papers off our desks, shove them in a back storeroom nobody knew about, and polish up our monitors. After the dog and pony show, when the big wigs were all gone, we'd bring out the papers and shuffle them properly onto our desks.

Eric

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LOL, great story, Eric.  As

LOL, great story, Eric.  As much as we laugh at this, it is a lot more common than most people think.

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Mary Lynn Archibald

Hi Eric,

This story is hilarious! Thank you for sharing. That's kind of what we do around here (my home office—the master bedroom—has become a shipping and storage space), when we have guests. Mostly, we give up and close the bedroom door and fervently hope our visitors don't have to use the bathroom.

Mary Lynn