Hey, everybody! We’re back from Hawaii, and what a wonderful time we had! Even got a little business done while we were there, which will make our bosses happy, since that was why they paid for the trip.
Anyway, upon our return, we naturally had a lot to catch up on, including mail. Looking at the relatively large stack of paper we picked up from the post office got us to thinking about how much space all of our documents take up in our home. Most of it, we realized, does not need to be in the form of dead trees.
Yes, you guessed it: we’re thinking about scanning as much of it as we can into digital formats. This will save space, and allow us to pitch a lot of into the recycle bin to be used in place of killing more trees. Seems like a winner to us!
Of course, this also means we need to buy a new scanner. We have one of those cheap all-in-one printers, but it’s pretty slow, and is on its last legs, anyway, so it’s time for an upgrade, regardless.
Also, we strongly suspect a stand-alone scanner would do a better job, and they don’t seem to be outrageously priced from what we’ve seen so far.
One of the things we’ve thought about is that most of our documents are printed on both sides of the paper. With this in mind, we’re considering a double sided scanner so we don’t have to feed each page through twice.
Lastly, we’re also debating between a flatbed or document feed model. The latter might appear to be an obvious time saver, but if we chose a flatbed, we wouldn’t have to worry so much about getting staples or tape removed, and could also use it to scan old photographs sometime down the road.
Obviously, we’re still looking at our various options here, and it may turn out that we’d be wiser to take the documents to a copy store and have them done. We’ll see.