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.
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
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.
* 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!
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