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April 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 113

So many documents, so little space. It's a pretty substantial problem, considering most consumers have all types of documents (statements, bills, offers) for all types of accounts (credit cards, bank accounts, utilities).

The key to managing countless bills and statements is going digital. Consumers who have stacks of documents to manage need to find an online document storage system that works for them. This might mean saying goodbye to paper. When you go paperless, you'll find that you're more able to stay organized because you don't have all that paper clutter in your office or house. They can stop worrying about where to store their bills and start focusing on more important things in life, like how to pay their bills.

And for those consumers who are intimidated by going completely paperless, there are plenty of free statement storage options out there, that allow for physical storage of paper documents, rather than virtual storage of soft copies.

When it comes to storing documents, there are all types of systems for all types of people. In order to find the right system for you, you'll have to definitely do some research so your system is effective. To find the best free online document storage system, consumers have to hit the books (or in this case, the web). There is a lot of software packages available that are designed to help you organize and store your bills, offers, statements and other documents you wind up receiving when you have a lot of different accounts. Some programs cost money, but there are a plenty that are free.

Even though you may do a lot of research, that doesn't always mean it's a snap to know what you're looking for in a good online statement storage package. So when you're on the hunt, look for these characteristics.

1. Organization. When it comes to being organized, nothing is more frustrating than not being able to locate that document you need when you're supposed to be using a system to be organized. Documents should be categorized in a way that makes it easy for consumers to file their documents and then get to those documents when necessary. The most efficient way might be to organize bills and statements by type, and then alphabetically by the name of the account provider. Plus, it's vital to a way to mark a bill as paid or unpaid so that consumers always know which bills are still due.

2. Accessibility. Having easy access to your documents is a real key to having a successful online storage system that you'll want to work with. Is it easy to access the documents? Can you really have access to your statements anytime you need to? How many hurdles do users have to jump through to get to the documents they need? Does the user need multiple usernames and passwords, or just one? These are all questions to consider when assessing a document storage system's accessibility. You should be able to access your documents quickly and easily without having to jump through a lot of hoops. After all, the whole point of a document storage system is to make life, well, easier.

3. Capacity. Even though a free online document storage facility may not cost any money, if it doesn't hold a lot of your documents, it isn't much use. It's important that a file cabinet, whether virtual or physical, has enough space to hold all of a consumer's documents. You'll want to figure out how many different documents and statements you'll have to store each week and then figure out the amount of space that's required.

It's true that most consumers have so many documents that it's hard to keep track of all of them. However, when you've got the right storage system for your documents, you'll be able to enjoy life more since you worry about your documents less.

Steward Gearlds knows the only way to get organized is to use online document storage. Storing your documents online allows you to better organize bills.

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