This is a great idea, from GAS contributor Mark O'Neill:
As a freelance writer, I accumulate paper at a staggering rate and my filing system has finally broken down. So with the aid of my trusty scanner and my 6GB Gmail account, I am scanning digital copies of items and emailing them to myself along with Gmail labels so I can find them again. Geeky? Perhaps. But at least I will never lose a document ever again when I need it. . . .
When I found spiders making a home behind one of the big stacks of magazines, I knew it was time to get rid of them. I went through each magazine and ripped out the pages I wanted to keep. The rest got thrown out in the trash (amazing how good THAT felt). The pages I wanted to keep were scanned and turned into PDF files, which were then emailed to myself with a “database” label and keywords in the email subject line. Now my magazine files are organised but I am probably a pariah in the spider community right now.
I'm doing this TODAY. Thanks, Mark!