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6 simple ways to reduce junk mail

And manage your mail with ease



Is it just me or do you also get a ton of unwanted mail this time of year? How many postcards for lawn care, window cleaning, and gutter replacement does one family need?

I realize I'm on these mailing lists because I've had similar home improvement projects done at my home in the last few years. But it's too much! And enough to make me pull out the list of Ways to Opt Out of Junk Mail again to reduce what I no longer want to receive:


  1. DMA Choice

  2. Opt Out PreScreen

  3. Catalog Choice

  4. Do Not Mail Registry

  5. Val-PakPhone directory


Want to reduce your incoming mail even more?

For items such as utility bills and credit card statements, go green with e-bills and paperless options available from most companies.

Now you're ready to process the mail.


  1. Anything not worth your time goes immediately into the recycle bin. Keep a small bin near the spot where you review mail.

  2. Designate an area for unopened mail. This could be as simple as a basket on the kitchen counter, an Inbox on your office desk or a hanging magazine rack on the wall.

  3. Actually open the mail. If daily doesn't work for you, make sure to open mail at least once a week. And really open it, don't just look at the return address.

  4. Determine its value and sort into Keep, Recycle, and Shred.

  5. The keepers will fall into three categories – Action, Reference and Archive. Now act on each of those.

Want to know more about managing mail and other incoming papers (including kids' schoolwork, event memorabilia, warranties, job materials and more)? How about setting up a Family Command Center?

Contact me at (608) 345-1836 or melanie@resetorganizing.com for a free phone consultation today!


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