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The Quest For The Paperless Office

PCs, e-mail, PDAs--these miraculous technologies were supposed to deliver us from the evils of paper use. What happened to the quest for the paperless office?

This story appears in the September 2000 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

"I can't budge it, boss," said the mover as he gave my filing cabinet the evil eye. "What do you have in there?"

"The paperless office," I laughed under my breath. And it was a good thing the mover didn't hear me because he was noisily pulling out the drawers so they could be carried individually to the truck for transport to my new home. Otherwise, he might have angrily dropped the obese drawers on my foot because-quite plainly and, to my movers' backs, painfully-the paperless society hasn't happened. Computers are everywhere, and for 20 years we've heard the paperless office was just 'round the bend, but, "We don't seem to be moving any closer to achieving the paperless office. My guess is we never will," says professional organizer Stephanie Winston, author of Getting Out From Under.

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