Say goodbye to chaos.

We've all been there: mountains of paperwork, unorganized filing cabinets, and no easy way to find what we need when we need it. With the amount of incoming paper and digital data in our lives, the traditional "hanging folder and filing cabinet" system is no longer the most efficient or effective way to organize information.

Four years ago I was beyond frustrated, trying but failing to keep up with all of the paper at home and at work. I was stressed and discouraged because no matter what I did, I wasn't able to organize and manage my life in the logical, productive way I envisioned.          

It didn't happen overnight, but after testing and experimenting with dozens of methods, I created a simple paperless workflow using Evernote as a powerful digital filing cabinet. In The Paperless Home, I take you through my system step-by-step so that you can finally clean up that clutter, reduce your stress, and get organized once and for all.

Learn how to go paperless and add hours to your week.

Going paperless in my household felt like a huge burden lifted off me, both physical and mental. Now, my house is not cluttered and 

overwhelmed with extra papers... Plus, my scanned files are so much easier to access electronically!

- Sarah Dutton

Convinced? Jump straight to the packages.

Then I went paperless.

Don't believe the lie that going paperless is a difficult and time-consuming process.

The truth is, it doesn't have to be. In the past, in order to go paperless, you had to be a technology nerd and figure out how to use less-than-ideal software and scanners. It was a painful process and ended up taking more time that it was saving.

These days, though, technology has reached the point where going paperless is no longer difficult. If you select the right tools and learn how to use them, going paperless will not only save you time, but it will cut down on stress and improve your overall organization as well. But with so many options out there, how do you know which tools and systems are right for you?

That's where I come in. I've lived this paperless lifestyle for four years, and along the way I've discovered what works and what doesn't. I want to save you time and frustration by helping you choose the best tools and simplest, most effective systems so that your transition to a paperless life is a smooth one.


How to navigate through Evernote, the ideal paperless lifestyle digital filing cabinet

How to organize your digital information so that you can instantly retrieve any document at any time, from anywhere

How to select and configure the scanner that is right for you

How to declutter your home with my great purge process

How to implement a simple paperless workflow that will save you hours every week

What's inside the eBook? 30 Chapters of immediately actionable paperless strategies.

Part I: Getting Started

1. Why Go Paperless?

2. Your Paperless Future

Part II: Meet Your Digital Filing Cabinet

3. Why Evernote Is Up for the Task

4. How to Set Up Your Evernote Account

5. A Guide to Evernote Security

6. All About Notes

7. Notebooks and Stacks

8. Organize Evernote with Tags

9. A Visual Tour of Evernote

10. Understanding Evernote Sync

11. The Infinite Power of Evernote Search

12. 14 Ways to Get Your Stuff into Evernote

13. Important Evernote Keyboard Shortcuts

Part III: Choosing the Right Scanner

14. Scanner Selection Criteria

15. Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300

16. Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

17. Fujitsu ScanSnap Manager Setup Guide

18. Scanning On the Go With Scannable

19. NeatConnect

20. Doxie Go WiFi

21. Epson Workforce DS-560

22. Brother ADS-1500W

Part IV: The Great Purge

23. What Is "The Great Purge"?

24. The Great Purge in Three Easy Steps

Part V: The Best Paperless Tools and Technology

25. 5 Paperless Essentials

26. Additional Paperless Tools

Part VI: My Simple Paperless Workflow

27. Workflow: The Key Piece of the Puzzle

28. Simple Paperless Workflow

29. Future-Proof Your Digital Life

30. Maintaining the Workflow Long-Term

Going paperless has made me feel more

organized and more in control of all the paper that comes into my home, and things don't get lost. I had wanted to go paperless for some time, but I wasn't sure how to implement a paperless strategy. 

Your [...] guide to going paperless helped me create the processes [I needed] to make my household paperless!

- Michelle Cutler

Donnie motivated me to set up a [...]

paperless system that has reduced clutter and greatly increased my organization. I have replaced disorganized drawers and random stacks of papers with a searchable

database of information. What a difference!

- Nathan K.

eBook Edition

eBook Edition + 

Video Tutorials

1. Review of Evernote Settings | 13:04

2. How to Set Up Evernote Two-Step Verification | 9:16

3. How to Encrypt Text in Evernote | 3:25

4. Anatomy of a Note | 8:20

5. How to Email Notes to Your Evernote Account | 7:22

6. Save Time with Email Filters and Evernote | 5:11

7. How to Organize Notebooks and Stacks in Evernote | 10:31

8. How to Organize Evernote with Tags | 8:49

9. How to Set Up Your Evernote Sidebar | 6:07

Or get the complete package, which includes over 

2 hours of easy-to-follow instructional videos. 

10. The Power of Saved Searches in Evernote | 6:40

11. Print as a PDF to Evernote | 2:27

12. 4 Time-Saving Ways to Get Stuff into Evernote | 2:20

13. How to Create a Notebook Table of Contents | 2:26

14. Fujitsu ScanSnap Manager Settings | 11:40

15. How to Scan Directly to Evernote | 4:25

16. Simple Paperless Workflow in Action | 14:13

17. ToDoist and Other Task Managers that Will Make Your Life Easier | 11:42

About the Authors

Donnie Lawson went paperless over four years ago and hasn't looked back! Since then he's been teaching his simple paperless workflow every chance he gets. He's been married to the love of his life for eight years and is the father of two wild and crazy boys. When not scanning, organizing, and writing, you can find him working on home DIY projects, spending time outside with his family, reading, and drinking black coffee at all hours of the day.

Abby Lawson is the girl behind Just a Girl and Her Blog, a blog that specializes in organization, home decor, DIY projects, creative ideas, and random happy thoughts. Abby currently holds the title of "reigning queen in her house full of boys" thanks to Donnie and their two sons, Connor and Caleb. They reside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, aka the City of Champions, where they enjoy wearing lots of black and gold and cheering on the Steelers, Pens, and yes, even the Pirates. : )


Donnie and Abby wrote [the guide] so that even beginners like me could understand the steps, and they packed it full of great information that has helped me get out from under the stress of all the paper in my life. I have more time to do the things I love instead of trying to find a paper I need!

- Rebecca Marcum

Which package should I buy?

That's up to you!  The PDF eBook includes everything you need to get started with your paperless lifestyle, but if you're looking for more in-depth information and step-by-step instructions, you may benefit from the additional guidance of the screencast videos.

How do I watch the videos?

After purchase you'll be provided with detailed instructions that will show you how to download the videos or stream them on any device.

What if I don't like it?

If you want to go paperless, I'm confident that this eBook and course will help you do just that, but if you are not satisfied with the content, we would be happy to refund your purchase.

I have a different question.

That's not a question. : ) If I haven't addressed something on this page, please feel free to contact me at hello {at} and I will do my best to answer your questions.

eBook Edition

  • PDF eBook
  • 30 Chapters | 188 pages
  • Step-by-step guide on how to go paperless, reduce clutter, save time, and organize your life

eBook Edition + Video Tutorials

  • PDF eBook
  • 30 Chapters | 188 pages
  • 17 Instructional Video  Tutorials| over 2 hours
  • Step-by-step guide on how to go paperless, reduce clutter, save time, and organize your life

The complete package!

The Paperless Home: How to Use Evernote to Organize Your Life

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