3 Quick Mail Tips
Paper in general is a common problem as we try to meet our organizing goals, but MAIL specifically stands out. The mail keeps replenishing 6 out of seven days a week. Here are a few key tips to reduce the stress of your mail.
- Deal with your mail daily…don’t let it pile up. Choose a time each day and be consistent. Maybe it is while you are eating lunch, or dinner is in the oven, or at 4:00 daily. Whatever works for you is fine.
- Be committed to make decisions immediately. The piles accumulate because of delayed decisions. The first choice is to keep or toss (recycle please)…. Toss immediately by having a recycle can very conveniently placed where you sort your mail. I know people who sort outside the house and don’t even bring the junk in to the house. Kudos to them! The second choice is where to put the keepers.
- Have a destination for the items you are keeping: A box or file for bills to pay (or reconcile), a place for any items that need action (phone call, research, follow up), a place for catalogs and magazines. Preferably where you will look at these, like a basket next to the sofa.
If you have old piles of mail, pull out the important items (bills for example) and toss as much of the third class mail (i.e. junk mail) and old catalogs as possible. Contact me if you want some help with junk mail reduction.
If you start with these 3 tips, you are going to get a handle on your mail flow…. start today and make a change going forward.
Financial Reasons to Get Organized
Being Organized saves time. Your time is worth money, so stop wasting it looking for things. An organized home or office functions more efficiently and you will not be looking for things over and over.
Pay your bills on time and stop paying late fees. Set up on-line bill pay wherever possible. Open your paper bills daily and set a time on your calendar to pay them on the 1st and 15th of the month.
Stop re-purchasing things you already own. Save money by using what you already have. An organized home or office will allow you to find your things quickly.
Keep track of your gift cards and use them before they expire (or the company goes under).
Stop paying storage fees. Ask yourself if you really need those things that you have not looked at in several years. They cannot be that important if you have not needed them all this time.
Make room in the garage to protect your valuable assets: your cars.
It takes allot less time to clean a de-cluttered house. Whether you do it yourself (remember, your time is worth money) or you have someone come in, time saved is money saved.
Heating a de-cluttered home is more efficient and less expensive than a space that is filled with stuff.
Cut down on impulse purchases. An organized home means you know what you have and you will purchase only what you need. Be sure you have a weekly meal plan with a specific shopping list. Cluster errands to save time and money, and stick to a shopping list.
Find things you forgot you had by de-cluttering. There are some crazy stories about Professional Organizers that have found tons of change on the floors, checks that were never cashed, and even forgotten matured bonds. One Organizer found a mature bond with a current valuation of over $160,000. My favorite story is the man who several years ago stashed away an envelope after his vacation and forgot it. There was $4000 cash inside.