Mail is the biggest offender when it comes to managing paperwork. The more family members and interests, the more mail. Catalogs, junk mail, bills, and correspondences you actually want bombard your mailbox daily.
As an organizer I see a lot of pile ups. Most people just get so much that they feel overwhelmed with it all. One of the most asked questions from prospective clients is “how can I handle my mail?”
Even in my house it is a problem at times. When it becomes a problem for me I have to rely on some tried and true solutions for this. I want to share with you what I use and what I recommend to my clients. Use one tip or try a combination of all. The key is to find what works for you and your family.
Solution 1 – Put a trash can at the door and a shredder.
I used to tell my clients to have just a trash can at the door or wherever you open mail. But with the recent rash of identity theft I now recommend that you have a shredder. Shredders don’t cost very much, but are worth it’s weight in gold when it comes to protecting you. I like the cross-cut shredders. You can choose from heavy duty to desktop. It is totally up to you.
Solution 2 – Disignate a place for dealing with mail.
If you don’t have a place to open mail, then everywhere becomes a place. This is not a good plan. By designating a place to open mail, you can always count on having all of your mail in one place and setting up a routine. Wherever you choose to set up your mail station make sure that you stick with it. Keep it consistent. Make sure that the whole family knows that this is the place for mail.
Solution 3 – Have your supplies.
Supplies for your designated mail center would include pens, pencils, envelopes, stamps, trash can, shredder, stationary and action folders. Baskets will help keep everything tidy.
Suggested products to help you organize your mail:
All of these great products will help you to stay on top of organizing your mail and keeping it in one place.
Wall Mail Organizer
Mail and Junk Organizer
This sorter is great for visual people. Use it for mail or for projects. I use mine to sort projects and receipts.
Magazine Organizers are also a great way to keep current issues of your magazines. The key word is “Current”!
This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.