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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

5 good reasons to get organized

Sunday April 13, 2014

home organizationAre you tackling an organization project right now? If you're looking to find or maintain your motivation, here are 5 good reasons to get organized:

1. You'll have more money. No more buying duplicates because you can't find an item when you really need it.

2. You'll gain more time. If you know all the batteries are kept in kitchen junk drawer, you save time by not searching and hunting.

3. You'll be less stressed. Going on a trip and not quite sure where your passport or plane tickets are? That's stressful.

4. You'll be faster. Because you consistently keep your car keys in the same spot, you will save time by not losing them in the morning before work.

5. You'll have less "stuff" to manage. You'll be less inclined to bring new items into your home because you have exactly what you need, and you know where to find it.

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5 common mistakes to avoid when organizing a small closet

Sunday April 13, 2014

The mistakes people make and the easiest solutions to avoid them5 Common Mistakes People Make When Organizing a Small Closet

6 ways to create more storage in a small closet

Saturday April 12, 2014

Elfa Walnut Walk In ClosetThe right storage solutions can net you extra storage space in any closet. I chose space-saving options with small closets in mind, but you can use them no matter what size closet you're dealing with in your bedroom: How to Maximize Storage Space in a Small Closet

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Here's how to plan small closet organization + storage

Friday April 11, 2014

Elfa Closet with Adjustable DrawersSmall closets require more rigorous decluttering and some really good storage solutions. Here are the 5 Steps: Basics to Organizing a Small Closet.

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4 ways maximize space in your closet

Thursday April 10, 2014

4 really easy and budget-friendly ways to create even more room in your closet: How To Create Storage Space in a Small Closet.

Cutting down on bedroom clutter 6 ways

Sunday April 6, 2014

Decluttering your bedroom regularly will help you sleep better, get dressed more quickly, and be a generally more organized person. Isn't that a good time investment? Here are 6 Ways to Cut Bedroom Clutter.

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