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How do you organize your mail?

Sunday April 20, 2014

Bedford Lateral File Cabinet one from Pottery BarnI developed a regimen for dealing with mail years ago that I have stuck to through new apartments, different states, and varying degrees of junk mail pile-ups.

Here's how I do it:

1. How often do you go through your mail?

Elizabeth: I go through my mail about every-other-day.  On the way in the door, I quickly glance at the pile. If there's a card or something handwritten, I usually tear that open immediately--it's so nice to get personal mail!  Everything else goes into an Inbox.

2. How do you sort mail?

Elizabeth: Very quickly. I stand up in my entryway and make piles: Keep; Shred; Recycle. Keep and shred go with me to work. I go through the mail I have to respond to at my desk, and the shredding goes into the work shredder. Recycling goes right into the bin outside my house.

3. How long do you keep personal mail.

Elizabeth: It really depends who it is from; if it's from my nephew, I keep it forever. Most other mail I keep and display for a few weeks and then I recycle.  I also have a keepsake book for each year that I save a few pieces of mail in, along with ticket stubs and other small items.

4. How about mail for other people in your household?

Elizabeth: When I lived with roommates, I sorted the mail and put their pile in their Inbox. This way no one is looking for their stuff--it always goes into the same spot.

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3 tips to tackle post-vacation email

Saturday April 19, 2014

The most dreaded moment of vacation is most certainly the day after vacation when you're back in the office. That's the day you have to open your email inbox.

Here are 3 tips to ease you back in: How to Organize Your Email After Vacation

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4 steps to managing your mail every day

Friday April 18, 2014

How to Manage MailBy far the biggest source of paper clutter in any home or office is the mail you receive everyday. Learn how to manage your mail better by cutting down on junk, removing yourself from mailing lists and developing a regular routine to sort incoming mail: How to Manage Your Mail

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4 steps to ending junk mail

Thursday April 17, 2014

Kent Bookcase two from Pottery BarnNo matter how many times I unsubscribe from certain catalogs (I'm looking at you, J. Crew), they always come back. These tips might not have a lifetime guarantee, but they will stop the junk for long enough to give you a quick junk mail vacation:

How to Stop Junk Mail

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