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Friday, March 22, 2013

Tackling the #1 Clutter Annoyance

Tackling the #1 Clutter Annoyance @ 1-2-3GetOrganized.comI don't know about you, but I consider mail to be an annoying, consistent clutter issue! Most pieces of mail are ones I don't want, didn't ask for, and require my time to deal with them!

Many of my clients have had stacks and stacks of unsorted mail, resulting in lost bills, late fees, and overwhelm. The solution? Organize your mail immediately upon receiving it.

When you sort your mail, do it near your trash can, paper recycling container, and shredder. Shred anything that has sensitive information (your social security number, credit card applications, etc.).

Look through ads of interest to you and toss the rest into your recycling bin. Take a few seconds to go through ads you want to keep. Circle items you may want to purchase, so you don't waste time having to search through the ad again. Place coupons or ads in the place where you keep them, or put them in your car.

What's left is mail you need to keep - bills, letters, invitations, etc. Read mail and determine if you need to keep it.If it is easily replaced electronically, there is  no need to keep it.

Place bills, letters to answer, etc. in an action or tickler file.

By sorting and organizing your mail each day, you're avoiding a huge decluttering job later!

More on mail:
A Dozen Tips for Staying Clutter-Free in 2013
The Scientific Reason for Clutter
Three Steps to Organizing Your Office