In a conversation with a friend today, it came up in the conversation that we rent a 3-bedroom place. (I don’t know how this hadn’t come up in the past). Almost as soon as I mentioned it, I thought to myself, “We don’t need 3-bedrooms… we could save money if we went with something a little smaller.” This lead me to reflect on why we went went for a 3-bedroom place. When I looked back on the decision it was a combination of getting a dog (who has quickly grown into a big dog) and the fact that we used our office quite often.
What has changed? Well our dog hasn’t shrunk. It turns out that we use our office less. Why? There are at least four reasons:
- We use less paper than we have in the past – We aren’t completely paperless… truthfully we aren’t even close. However, we deal with less paper than we did 3 years ago.
- Our office is further away – It’s a bit of a winding staircase to get to our office. I’m not going to play the Lazy card here, but the dining room table can serve as a desk and its closer.
- Laptops are our friends – In the past we’d trek up to the office (okay, I’m playing the lazy card now) to use the desktop. However, a laptop is small and convenient enough that it can do 99% of what we need… no office trip required.
I’ve known for some time that going paperless has its advantages. It’s environmentally friendly. It is easy to backup your your data remotely. You don’t have to physically store the paper. However, I never thought that saving the need for a whole room (and the associated the money savings) is perhaps the biggest reason to go paperless.