Eliminate those inefficient and wasteful stacks of specialty papers!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks

We would all love to make our real estate businesses (and our lives) more efficient, and eliminate wasteful processes.  We're already familiar with Docusign, and how it eliminates the need to print drafts of our documents over and over while we gather signatures on hard copies, but there are also other ways to avoid cluttering our offices with stacks of paper.graph paper - 2 per inch

Have you ever wanted to prepare a one-of-a-kind document or form, or make a graph, or write down the music for a tune you have dreamed up, or calendared an event that is in the future and beyond what your current calendar will hold?

Maybe you haven’t yet bought that columnar paper on which you want to keep a record of your business expenses and you’re afraid you’ll forget something if you don’t write it down.  How about a form to write down and track your weekly, monthly and annual goals?. 

check registerThe usual solution for most of these issues is to go to the office supply store and buy a pad of the specialty paper you want, even though you might only need one or two pages.  Then you feel that you shouldn’t throw away the rest of the paper because that’s a waste of supplies and of the trees that were cut to make that specialty paper.

So, if you’re like me, you email or text some friends and ask if they can use the extra paper, or you just start stockpiling specialty papers that you will probably never use again.

Talk about inefficiency!
 yearly budget

We’re torn between guilt if we toss it and guilt if we store a bunch of unneeded stuff.

Well, I was sick for a couple of days and vegetating in front of the television set when I wasn’t in bed, and I flipped on the Today Show when they were talking about tips to save money.  I found myself scribbling down several websites, and one of them (and the one that excites me the most) is PrintablePaper. 

Polar gridThis site has over 900 specialty papers, including many I’d never heard of.  And you can download and print any or all of them for FREE!  So, you want a basketball scorecard?  Print one.  Graph paper in different scales?  Print them.  Need one more page in your check register?  Or you want to set up a weekly or monthly budget or make an organized to-do list?

How about a template so you can design a door hanger or a CD label?  Or just some collegiate lined notebook paper, calendars or ???

Now if you need one or two sheets of something, just print that many.  No more buying 50 sheets to get one and no more storing pads of unneeded stuff. 

Now that’s efficiency!hexagon grid

And just for fun, how about printing out a polar graph(looks like a spider web) and stick a fake spider on it for Halloween décor, or print out hexagon graph paper to use to wrap a small gift?  Check out Printable Paper and I’m sure you’ll come up with some great ideas.

By the way, I have no connection to this site -- I just wanted to share a great find.  Have fun!

If you have a great idea for improving inefficiency - either one that you have implemented or one that you hope to try, write a post and submit it to the "Eliminating inefficiencies in real estate" contest.  Check out the rules at that post.

Susan Neal
Broker / Realtor

Century 21 Noel David Realty
Fair Oaks, California

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Comments (19)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Susan- I just went to the site.  What a great idea and I know what you mean.  Often I just need a few pages but end up buying the set of 50.  I try to stay from as much paper as I can but still need it for certain apps. 

Mar 02, 2012 11:04 AM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
Kathy - Thanks for your comment. I know the site will save me time, space and money, and I'm glad you feel it will be helpful for you too.
Mar 03, 2012 02:28 AM
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677


That is a great idea.  I will be checking this site out for sure.  Today Show  often has some really great tips.  PS.  (I stopped over after reading Kathy Streib's weekly run down of her favorite posts- this was one of them).

Mar 03, 2012 08:39 PM
Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales

Thanks for the great tip Susan, I will be checking that out.  Kathy Streib's post got me clicking over to your blog.

Mar 03, 2012 09:52 PM
Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Susan: This sight looks great. What a terrific way to eliminate waste, by just printing only what you need. PS Kathy sent me by to. Subcribe

Mar 03, 2012 11:21 PM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Susan, thanks for this tip! Printing just one or two pages of what is needed is a great space saver!

Mar 03, 2012 11:55 PM
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Susan, this is a great tip for me, and I will check out the site. Good luck in the contest.

Mar 04, 2012 12:26 AM
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

HI Susan,

Thanks for the ideas and suggestions for eliminating inefficiencies, we all spend time doing what we do , often without thinking how we can do things better or easier.

Mar 04, 2012 01:46 AM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I just went to the website and it is fabulous.  I wish I had found it sooner.  I have already down loaded 2 different papers.  Thanks for the tip.

Mar 04, 2012 07:02 AM
Mike Henderson
Your complete source for buying HUD homes - Littleton, CO
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848

Agreat one. Evernoted

Mar 04, 2012 07:26 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Wow this is really cool Susan.  I must go check it out. Thanks!

Mar 04, 2012 08:13 AM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Susan, sounds like you found a pretty cool site. I'm going to bookmark this so I can come back later and check it out. Thanks.

Mar 04, 2012 08:26 AM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

I hate when the kids say "I need a piece of graph paper" then you run out for a whole pad, and they never use it. Great Idea, print what you need!

Mar 04, 2012 09:24 AM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Susan - this is a handy one to keep around ..... talk about efficient simply print what you need ..... no more collection of papers with a limited use

Mar 04, 2012 10:40 AM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
Thamks for all your great comments, and if you're like me, I know you'll get a lot of use from this site. I love sharing great finds like that.
Mar 04, 2012 11:27 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

What a good tip to share with everyone. Bookmarked as a reminder.

Thank you.


Mar 04, 2012 11:59 AM
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

I have already saved the site to my favorites. How cool. Thank you. Hope all is well and life is good. :0)

Mar 07, 2012 10:14 AM
Margaret Mitchell
Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty - York, ME
Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate

What a terrific idea.  And it allows you to try so many different kinds.  About the only one I consistently use is graph paper.  Now I can experiment!

Mar 17, 2012 09:22 AM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
Thanks for sharing - bookmarking this site.
Mar 25, 2012 09:01 PM