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Save Space, Stress, and Time with a Digital Diet

We all know the feeling: you buy a fancy drawer and shelving system, and two weeks later it's bursting with paper records, photos, cards, pads of paper, and old bills. Somehow no matter how much extra storage space you add, it always seems to fill up before you can run out to the Container Store for more.

If you live in a small space, accumulating clutter can turn into a real nightmare. It undoubtedly makes your home look smaller and messier and will take away from any "look" you're trying to create (forget about minimalism!). On the practical side, this stuff gets in your way, stresses you out, and leaves no space for the things you really want and need. And don't even think about moving: packing will take about three times longer than you thought and once you get to your new home you'll realize half of the stuff you brought over is practically useless...

So is there any way to turn back the tide? What if your house could look as tidy and stylish as when you first moved in, giving you extra space for things you've always wanted, like a craft table for the kids, or a plush chair to lounge in while you read? What would you do with an extra 10 square feet of space...and a pristine desktop?

Fortunately, a cornucopia of simple new web services--many of them free--has arrived to help you handle all of your records and papers digitally. Sweep it all up onto the web, and never worry about running out of space again.

You'll also discover all kinds of added benefits to going on a "digital diet." Just like a normal diet, switching to digital documents can make you faster and nimbler: search it all with a few keystrokes--no need to dig through mountains of papers looking for those old notes. You'll also feel more flexible: if you ever need to move you'll have a lot less to worry about. Whether you're relocating next door or across the world, things like your photos, music, notes, planners, and recipes will come with you; all you need to bring is your password. Putting your stuff online means it's easy to share your calendar, budget, shopping list, and photos with your family (even the grandparents across the country) in a couple clicks.

Here are a few ideas for getting started on your "digital diet":

As with any diet, incorporating even one or two of these changes can have healthy benefits--for your space, your sanity, and your schedule. Give a few of these tips a spin and enjoy less clutter, more time, and easier access to the things and information that really matter to you.

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