3 Tips for Organizing Mail

Mail is one of those guests that will arrive constantly to your home whether or not it was invited. 

The question is: how long will you let it stay?

Do you handle it right when it arrives or do you let it pile up until it is falling all over your kitchen counter or desk?  The trick with mail is that you have to put a system in place that you will stick with.

3 Tips for Organizing Mail


1) Decide! Deciding on what to keep and what to toss is the most time-consuming part of the mail. Decide now on how often you will sort, toss and file.  Will it be daily? 3 times per week?

2) Designate homes!  Incoming mail needs a home until you can get to it.  A tray or a basket no deeper than 1 inch should do the job.  Most mail can be divided up into these categories:


     Magazines/ Newspapers/ Catalogs



     Junk Mail

Once you have sorted your mail, decide on where you would like to keep all the mail that must be saved. Again, be honest about what you need to keep. Are you really going to make time to read that four page newsletter from your child’s school district? If yes, great keep it. If no, CHUCK IT NOW!

3) Deal with it!  Not dealing with important mail can get you in all sorts of trouble: such as missing an important deadline or having to pay a late fee for a bill you missed.  So…the most important step in this process is dealing with the paper you keep.  That means spending time, every day or two, to do things such as: pay bills, fill out forms, sign up for activities, make phone calls etc.

Organizing Tip of the Day

* Remove your name from unwanted mailing lists: www.dmachoice.org

* Stop Yellow Pages from arriving to your home: www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org

* Invest in a good paper shredder and keep it handy for all documents that contain confidential information.  It is not worth the risk!

Happy Organizing

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Hi there! I am Jennifer Ford Berry or some people like to call me "Life's Organization Expert". I am super passionate about helping people get organized and stay that way! I have written a series of books called Organize Now! I contribute my organizing tips to National magazines, radio and TV shows. I am here to help you realize that your life is not about stuff...it is about living! YOU can live an organized, healthy and exciting life one baby step at a time. Let me show you how!

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  1. Karen Flores-Perez
    Karen Flores-Perez says:

    Hate junk mail! At my old apartment I was assigned a small mailbox that junk mail took most of the room inside and even made it difficult for the postman to close it at times. I had accumulated so much that I had enough to cover my walls. I then resorted to typing out a label that said, “No junk mail please!” and sticking it on my mailbox so that my mail carrier could see. It worked! Even my neighbors asked me to print a label out for them. I think we were all relieved including the mail carrier that that problem was solved. Now I just need to implement that in our new home.

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