Did you know, though, that your mail does not need to take over your home? A few quick and easy tips will bring you to clutter-free nirvana.
Designate a basket or mail organizer where all the mail is sorted, stored or disposed. If you live in a home with multiple people, have more than one inbox so you don’t accidentally throw something out that’s not yours.
Keep a trashcan and/or shredder near your inbox so you can throw away unwanted catalogs and flyers right away. Only hold onto items that need attention, such as bills, or special cards and letters. Make sure to shred sensitive documents that contain any personal information, and recycle when you can.
If you’re a paper person — a good rule of thumb is to hang onto bills for only one or two months, unless needed for tax purposes — then shred older copies and toss. Or, try scanning in copies to get rid of the paper clutter altogether. (Better yet — sign up for paperless billing!)
Spend a few minutes every day sorting through the mail, or designate a time each week, say Saturday mornings, for this simple chore. It will make a big difference in the long run if you do not have to walk through your home, collecting piles here and there, and disposing of massive stacks after a longer period of time.