Neat Desk Desktop Scanner + Digital Filing System [Giveaway]

Have you felt the slight bit of insanity coming through my writing lately? With two kids, a blog, and a move on the agenda, these days I’m looking for any way that I can to simplify bits and pieces of the chaos.

I’m looking for ways to eliminate every bit of clutter in my life, because it also means I’m not packing that clutter.

When you run your own business, it means there is even more paper to think about; receipts for write-offs, business expenses to keep track of, and, as a recipe writer – recipes!

That’s where the Neat Desk comes in. Neat Desk is not just a scanner – it promises to take everything you have piled on your desk: bills, business cards, and receipts, and turn them into digital records that are easily searchable, categorized, and organized in one spot on your computer.

Just imagine a paper-free desk. Thinking about that gives me a little thrill! Right now I’m all about cutting the clutter!

The NeatDesk comes with custom software that searches for keywords as it scans each document. It knows, for example, that a business card should be labeled as a contact, and that all the details on that business card will need to be put into a contact form. Those forms can then be exported out to your favorite mail program.

I’m also loving that I can scan in recipes I’ve written by hand, or printed, and keep them filed away for when I need inspiration. The Neat Desk software even recognizes ingredient names for a quick search.

Tax time has always been a nightmare for us, searching through baskets, bags, and purses of receipts, trying to get everything right. Thinking we’re done only to find a handful more of receipts in a drawer or cabinet somewhere.

The Neat Desk will put a stop to all that. As each receipt is scanned, it takes note of the merchant name, and the individual charges. All of this information is then exported into a tax program for me or stored as PDF or JPG files until we needs them.

I can then make notes that allow me to easily pull up everything household related, kid related, or even blog related when it comes time to file our taxes.

Want to simplify your taxes next year? Enter to win the Neat Desk system courtesy of The Neat Company!

Giveaway Prize (1 winner):

Giveaway Value: $399.95

Thank you The Neat Company for providing this giveaway!

Giveaway Requirements:

  • Check out what Neat.com’s website and leave a comment to tell me how the Neat Desk could reorganize your life.
  • Contest ends May 11, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
  • Contest open to US States only.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond before disqualified and a new winner chosen.

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