Seriously, if I’m annoyed by the amount of mail I got this week, you probably are, too. I’ll show you my pile if you show me yours.
This pile is from just one day. There are more than 13 catalogs, and 3 pieces of mail from Comcast alone!
Here are a few tips, good for the holiday season and all year through.
- Wait to go through your mail until you have a few uninterrupted moments. Glancing through a stack gives you the false impression that you’ve done something with it. It sends your brain a message that you can move on to other activities, and your unprocessed mail then becomes clutter.
- Immediately recycle everything that doesn’t require your action. Here’s where it gets tricky. Go ahead and put those catalogs in the recycling bin. WHHAATT??? If you don’t look at them between now and the next recycling day, chances are that Williams Sonoma, LL Bean and Victoria Secret will send you three more by next week.
- If you receive a charity notice that you intend to donate to, then immediately place the donation request with your bills, since it requires nearly the same actions as bill paying.
- Define a designated space for your bills. Ensure that bills have a unique place in your office, on your kitchen counter, or somewhere special. Ideally, keep your bills standing up vertically, so they aren’t easily covered by tomorrow’s mail. Paying bills may not be on the top of your list right now, but you don’t want your gift budget to be spent on paying late fees!
- Be ruthless. If you aren’t sure if you need to keep something, then don’t keep it. This is especially true if you know you can request it again from the internet or another source. There are relatively few mail items that are irreplaceable or vital records.
There is a lot to get excited about this time of year, but losing your sanity over mail overload shouldn’t make the list.