Mining the Paper Mountain

One of the biggest problems with trying to de-clutter my life is the “paper mountain”. This is all the stuff that comes through the front door on a depressingly regular basis. At least the majority of it is now from organisations that we actually do have legitimate dealings with as a family (bank, etc.) but it still piles up on the table by the front door and then adds to even bigger piles in the office.

So it was with interest that I read an article on using a scanner to organise the paper mountain and I knew that I needed to give it a go.

Of course, it was never going to be that easy for an inveterate “hacker” and having recently switched from Windows to Linux (Ubuntu) on my home machines, I was soon searching for tools to help automate the scanning and filing process.

Links

  • http://www.linux-magazine.com/issue/59/PDF_Toolkit.pdf
  • PDF Toolkit (pdftk)