Friday, September 28, 2012

No More Mountains of Mail

All the best decluttering websites tell you to tackle your mail as soon as you bring it in the house. Sort out the important from the not important. Recycle the junk, act on the crucial things and move on with your life. It'll take five minutes a day, probably less, if you keep on top of it.

When life is chugging along in a predictable fashion, it works. But, when you go on vacation, are exceptionally busy or are otherwise unable to deal with daily mail duty, it has a way of growing into a mountainous obstacle to organization.

Photo courtesy of cohdra at Morguefile.

As with telemarketing calls, the best way to really tackle the problem is to cut it off at the knees.

Do you know there is a Federal Trade Commission web page devoted to addresses and links that you can use to get your name off of several mailing lists? 
  • You can register with consumer reporting companies to opt out of unsolicited credit card and insurance company offers. 
  • You can also get on a "do not mail" list with the Direct Mail company, one of the largest distributors of junk mail. 
  • Finally, if you're getting catalogues from companies you've done business with in the past, you can contact the company directly to be removed from their mailing list. 
Not only will this cut your clutter, but you could save a tree or two.

Grandma would rather be outside on a sunny day than inside sorting mail. Photo courtesy of jcmunt at Morguefile.

On a personal note: If you've got an elderly person in your life, you may want to help them sign up for the "do not mail" lists. My husband's 90-year-old grandparents were in and out of the hospital and the nursing home within the past year. The mail became a huge issue when they weren't available to sort and process. When his grandmother was home, she was trying to sort her husband's mail, but her eyesight isn't what it used to be. She had difficulty knowing what was important and what wasn't. It got overwhelming fast! Thankfully, they are both home now and have reclaimed their dining room table from the piles of mail that had taken up residence.


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  3. Great post. You have no idea how much piled up mail we see. Best bet is to just cut it off before it ever comes into the house.