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MANAGING THE SNAIL MAIL
In most cases, besides all the other responsibilities we have as busy moms, we are responsible to handle the influx of mail that arrives in our mailbox on a daily basis. Unless we know how to control the flow, it can very quickly take over our home. There are some very simple ways to "control the flow".
When you bring the mail into the house, don't just throw it in a big pile where a mountain can quickly form. Take a few minutes to quickly go through it to reduce the amount you actually need to deal with.
First and foremost, go to your trash can/recycling bin and paper shredder. I bet at least half of what comes in to the home to begin with is junk mail. Just throw it away. You don't need to keep it! Use a paper shredder for anything with your name and address on it. You must have a paper shredder!
Next, open up the envelopes that contain bills and get rid of the outer envelope. You don't need them. If you pay bills on line, you can get rid of the return envelope as well as the inserts you do not need. Be sure that you shred those blank checks that are sent by credit card companies for cash advances. You don't want them getting into the wrong hands. Put bills and bank statements in a designated area where you pay the bills, not a pile somewhere where they can get lost. It is vital that you pay your bills on time and consolidate your bank statements monthly.
Distribute any mail intended for other members of the family, including magazine subscriptions and catalogs. Don't let them create their own pile either!
In order to reduce what comes into the home to begin with, limit your newspaper subscriptions and recycle daily. Opt out of pre-screened offers by calling 1-888-5-OPT-OUT or through your State Attorney General's office. Don't enter contests, sweepstakes or sign up for free or trial offers to limit the solicitations you receive.
Go online to www.catalogchoice.org and sign up. Select the catalogs you no longer want delivered to your home and suggest others if they are all not listed. It will take approximately 10 weeks for it to take effect but you will start to notice a significant difference in the amount of random catalogs that show up in your mail box.
By using these tips, you will be able to manage that snail mail and avoid creating the mountain of shame.
posted on: 11/13/2009 8:30:00 AM by Audrey Cupo
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Audrey Cupo is a full-time Professional Organizer and sole proprietor of A BETTER SPACE based in Bucks County, PA. She specializes in residential organizing and focuses her business on helping busy moms get organized with her services and her U Can Do It product line. To sign up for her free newsletter full of great monthly tips, resources and product reviews go to www.4abetterspace.com.