It’s completely possible to go paperless throughout your home and office – we’re talking 100% dead tree-free!

These handy apps for your smartphone or tablet will allow you to make lists, track to-do items, organize your calendar and share documents with co-workers – all without sending a single item to the printer.

Google Drive

Google Drive allows you to go paperless through the creation of shareable documents, spreadsheets and photos. Not only will you save paper by skipping the printout; you’ll save time by not having to upload, email and download files every time someone on your team makes a change.

Google Drive is also completely dynamic, allowing you to collaborate with coworkers in real time. You can also revert back to former editions of each document and track who made which changes.


There is nothing more annoying than having to send or receive a fax! Until the technology gods officially send the fax machine packing, you can avoid the hassle by installing iFax on your smartphone or tablet.

Go paperless by snapping a photo of the document you need to fax. Your message will then be sent right to the fax machine without having to deal with printouts or email.


If you have stacks of magazines or newspapers cluttering your office, it’s seriously time to go paperless. The good news is you don’t have to give up your morning edition of the Times or your guilty People Magazine pleasure.

Pocket is an app that lets you save virtual newspaper clippings and articles for offline reading at a later time. Stock up on your favorite web pages and magazine articles before leaving on a long road trip, boarding the plane, or heading to a remote location without WiFi.

Adobe EchoSign

How are you supposed to go paperless when you’re constantly signing contracts, agreements, and checks?

Simple. Try Adobe EchoSign, an app that allows you to eSign any document without having to print a page. You can also send other people documents to be signed, and create specifications for documents that need to be signed in person or by multiple parties.

As of January, 2013, the IRS is now accepting e-signatures on tax returns, so there’s no reason not to conduct all of this signing business in a paper-free environment.

Keep your tablet or smartphone at the ready as you go about your day. Without a way to track thoughts, appointments and to-do lists, it’s tempting to reach for the nearest Post-It.

Also, don’t forget how Shoeboxed can help you on your paperless journey by sorting through your receipt clutter!  With a little planning, your office will be able to go 100% paperless!

How have you helped your office go paperless?

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