The office has been "paperless" for some time. That does not mean there is no paper there. Or that we do not keep paper records. But our primary document storage system is electronic, and I rarely consult physical documents there.
Being a fan of technology, I'm a big advocate of paperless document storage. And The Wife doesn't want to keep a lot of documents around. She doesn't like the filing but doesn't trust me to do it regularly.
And being a lawyer, I'm an inveterate record-keeper. I don't want to throw away financial statements or documents.
So it's remarkable that we haven't done this before -- scan and store all of our bills. We've had the scanner for a long time now and mostly it's sat there serving no higher purpose than giving the cat somewhere to roost while she looks out the window.
Scanning in all the household bills has enabled us to discard a bunch of paper rather than keep it, and it encourages me to keep a disciplined approach to my hard drive backup schedule. There's plenty of room for more zeros and ones on the hard drive, and with a backup system in place it shouldn't be too hard to get a reliable enough system in place. I can keep the bills as long as I like and we can be free from the clutter and burden of storage. A good thing all around.