Thursday, October 9, 2008

Get Your Mail Clutter Under Control

Do you feel like mail has taken over your desk or countertop? We'll show you how to organize your mail and get some control back into your life.

1. Go Green by signing up for paperless statements from your bank, credit cards, etc. This is a great way to control the mail clutter and you'll also be saving a tree. Less paper and envelopes, less clutter.

2. Reduce the junk mail. You can remove your name from unwanted magazines, catalogs, advertisements and many other unwanted items that make it into your mailbox. Click here to get started with your name removal process.

3. Sort your mail while at the mailbox, before it even comes into your house. Take all the unwanted mail (not including credit card offers or other items that may contain personal information) immediately to your recycling bin.

4. Shred all unwanted mail that may contain personal information. This will get rid of the mail while protecting your identity.

5. Mail Message Center. Set up a system that works for you. You can use file folders, an actual message center, 3 ring binder with folder system, etc - just use whatever works best for you and your family. It is usually better to stay away from office bins or trays because they "invite" piles of clutter. If many family members get mail, it would be best to use separate file folders for each member.

6. Time to Sort. We use the IBACT (Important Papers, Bills, Action Items, Catalogs and Magazines, Toss) System.

  • Important Papers. All important papers include insurance policies, bank statements, tax documents, etc. File these items right away in the appropriate place.
  • Bills. File these in your bill filing system. If you don't have a bill filing system, we will touch on this at a later time.
  • Action Items. These are items that require action such as school conferences, report cards that need signing and other school items. They may also include items that are work related, insurance updates, etc. These should be taken care of as soon as possible.
  • Catalog and Magazines. Sort through your collection of catalogs and magazines. Only keep those catalogs that you will be ordering from within the next six weeks, or you can order items online and eliminate catalogs. Magazines should be placed in your magazine bin or basket. Only keep current magazines; for example when you receive the March issue, toss the February issue and so on.
  • Toss. Use this to toss all the unwanted mail that you may have missed during your first sort.
By using the steps above, you should be able to keep your mail clutter under control. Remember old habits are hard to break and you are going to need some time to make this system work for you and your family.

Country FarmHouse Blessings,
~*~ Lori ~*~
 Purdy Mama 

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