Updated: Apr 10
It happens to the best of us... Stacks of mail seem to multiply when we're not looking, until it feels overwhelming to deal with them. Here's something that might help.
When and where to deal with it.
So what's the trick to preventing mail clutter? Open your mail as soon as you bring it inside, and open it at the trash can or recycling bin. You know good and well that if you put it on the kitchen counter, you won't deal with it later that day, no matter what your intentions are, right?
Immediately toss what you don't need to keep. Have a designated spot in your home for "action" mail -- bills to be paid, forms to be filled out -- and go through that stack at least once a week. Set up a paper or digital filing system for stuff you'll need long-term. And for "time will tell" mail that you're not sure if you'll need or not -- coupons, event flyers -- put it in a specific place and get rid of untouched items regularly.
Sounds great, but who has time?
There's an old adage that says if you don't have time to do it right, you won't have time to do it again. For me, that applies to clutter, especially the kind that sneaks up on me when I'm not paying attention. And you're right. It takes much less time to put the mail on the table next to the front door than it does to go through it right away. But the payoff is well worth the extra couple of minutes. Your home will be less cluttered, you will be more on top of your to-do list, and you'll build a habit that will likely grow into other habits that help you manage your home and your life. Something as simple as going through the mail right away can lead to big changes. Really.
Tell me how it goes.
If this tip worked for you -- or if it didn't -- share your thoughts below, or you can drop me a line here. I'd love to hear from you. Truly.