I first saw the ScanSnap quite a while ago, and I've wanted one ever since. Unlike my perfectly serviceable flatbed scanner, which handles pictures just fine, the ScanSnap will create PDFs from the scan - just what I need when scanning documents rather than pictures. And it's fast, and cute (so it goes well with my Mac), and takes up very little space on the desk. Most reviews I've read are raves.
But the model I first saw costs $500, and that was more than I was willing to pay. But I recently became aware that there's a new model priced at $365 or so - and right now there's a $100 rebate on the Mac version. So I'm now a happy scanner owner.
The first papers I'm scanning are those that were a pain to file, because I'd only have a couple pieces of paper on a topic, like organizing garages - but they still required their own file. Now they join the other garage-related documents I already had on my computer - much nicer! I've also discovered that the normal scan (lowest resolution and smallest file size) works just fine in most cases.
With scanning being so quick and easy - and with files created in the format I want them in - I can already see that a lot of paper will be heading toward my recycling bins over the next few weeks.
Donation/Recycling Idea of the Month
The Parent Hacks blog has pointed me to a wonderful donation idea - donating stuffed animals and toys to children in Iraq. What a way to teach your children about passing on things they no longer need! The person coordinating this effort expects to be in Iraq through November 2007. School supplies and gently used clothes are also very welcome.
Reminder of the Month (U.S. residents)
Postage rates change on Monday, May 14. Basic domestic first class letter stamps go from 39 cents to 41cents, but the price for additional ounces goes down. A new Forever Stamp has been released for use from May 14 onward; these non-denominated stamps will always be good for a one ounce first class letter, even if the rates go up.
And there's another major change - new shape-based prices for first-class mail items. Letters, flats (large envelopes) and parcels weighing the same will have different postage rates, reflecting the differing costs for processing those items. Example: A 2-ounce letter will cost 58 cents; a 2-ounce flat, 97 cents; and a 2-ounce parcel, $1.30.
And there are a number of changes on the international front, too.
Highlights From the Blog in April
There were 34 entries in my organizing and de-cluttering blog in April. Some of the entries were:
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