Three items can appear each time you walk to get your mail….
BTW- Did anyone ever have, or still have, a mail slot? We, Salvage Sister’s family growing up, use to have one in our home in Chicago.
1) THE GOOD -A letter from a friend (although a rare species), favorite magazine, package you ordered, or even a check.
2) THE BAD – BILLS, BILLS, and more BILLS! Maybe a tax audit. You know this kind of mail.
3) THE INDIFFERENT – Junk mail, coupons, catalogs, etc
You pretty much have a handle on the first two. You enjoy the first and deal with the second so you have a house to live in (or car to drive).
The THIRD…ah…that’s where the problems can come in. Sometimes this mail is “middle” mail.
The true junk (POLITICAL ADS…anyone like these?) gets thrown away/recycled BUT WE HAVE SOME IDEAS FOR YOU………………………….
- If you are a crafter, there are lots of craft projects you can do like making beads, bookmarks, etc!
- Shred the non-glossy, black and white,paper and use it as compost.
- Shred the colorful paper and use it as fill for presents in gift bags.
- Catalogs, that you want, can be used for home decorating inspiration and they are FREE. Catalogs that you don’t want, call the toll-free # to “opt-out”. AND they can be great for collages and kids art projects.
- Paid Envelopes can be used for grocery lists. You can put your coupons right inside, and you are ready for the store.
- Paper that is only printed on one side becomes scratch paper. We have a designated spot for this in the house so it’s not all over the place. (More on this below.)
- Crumble up the paper and use it as packing material for presents you are sending soon (In case you missed the signs, Christmas is coming up).
- Anyone into Origami?
- If you are a teacher or homeschool parent, here are some GREAT IDEAS!
- Last but not least, if you have paper punches, this is a great way to make your own confetti. (Favorite way!)
———> To cut down on junk mail, get on the National Do Not Mail List. <——–
Now onto the “middle” mail solution…………….
ORGANIZING TIP – For the next two weeks, separate your “middle” mail immediately into different categories….coupons, catalogs, to read. After the two weeks, have a designated spot for the items you do want to keep i.e. “This is where I will keep Restaurant Coupons” or “Catalogs to look at”. Now pick a day to deal with these before you end up with 20 catalogs and expired coupons.
Would love to learn how you deal with your junk mail.