- Take your mail in every day. You can process once a week or twice a week if you like, but make sure you’re sorting daily. This is one thing that can turn into a monster faster than anything else. And naturally, since mail arrives 6 days a week(until August that is, when the US Postal services terminates their Saturday deliveries), it has an advantage over us if we try to ignore it. Instead of going away, it grows like a…well, like something ugly and annoying.
- Sort mail in the following categories:
- Correspondence (letters, cards, birthday invites, etc…)
Toss/Recycle/Shred the junk mail, set the bills aside ready to be processed, and for the correspondence, decide what you’ll hang on your fridge/cork board/magnet board, and what you will throw away-then do it.
- Automate whatever you can for bill pay
- Create a mail station- a place you determine you will consistently go through your mail- DAILY.
- Open your mail over the trash – either at the kitchen counter, or in your office, wherever you happen to deal with your mail. This makes it quick and simple to throw out the outer envelopes, junk mail, or flyers you don’t want to keep.(of course, if you have a recycling bin next to your garbage bin, even better)
- File it- if you don’t have a proper file cabinet and don’t want to buy one(although they’re relatively affordable here), you can modify baskets or Tupperware by doing this(create link to the basket file pin you found on Pinterest)
- Create a place you like to store nostalgia items, i.e. cards, art work, notes, etc.
- Pare down your subscriptions to any magazines you might have coming regularly in the mail
- Unsubscribe to junk mail-There are some links that can help you do this here(paste this link https://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs4-junk.htm#getofflist)
- Determine what your file system will be for all the files you do choose to keep, i.e. medical, bills, home improvement, kid stuff, etc… If you’re having trouble coming up with a system on your own, I recommend using Dave Ramsey’s tutorial, found here.(http://www.daveramsey.com/article/organizing-your-important-documents/). By creating a system, you’ll have a means to keep the bulk of files at bay and only have a reasonable amount of documents left-the ones you need.
This should get you started and on the right track! Is there anything that you do differently that you’d like to share? We love hearing your comments and the things that work for you!