I love checking the mail - said no one ever! I mean - seriously, who gets excited to check the mail, only to be greeted by bills and junk mail? If you're that person or you know of someone who enjoys checking their mail then please let me know. Maybe their eagerness can rub off on me.
For many of us, checking the mail can be a daunting task but sorting through the mail can be even more overwhelming. I've been in many homes, we're I've seen mail strewn across the counter or mail stacked up on the floor and to be quite honest it didn't seem to be any intention to sort through the mail in a timely manner which isn't good. Now, I'm not here to judge because I recognize that you may have just come home from work and the last thing you want to do is more "work" by looking through mail. However, by not having a solid system in place, you can potentially cause issues and additional stress that isn't needed. Think about it - what if there was an important notice that required your immediate attention and because you didn't sort through your mail, time lapsed and now you're faced with a penalty because you were non-responsive. I don't want that to happen to you.
So, I'm going to share with you a few effortless tips which will help you to control the mail clutter. I believe these tips are simple and painless to help you not go postal over your mail. Get it? Okay [lol] they may have been a little corny but now that I have your attention, you can start employing these tips today!
Drop It Like It's Hot
As soon as you step foot through the door, drop the mail like it's hot. Seriously. But when you drop your mail, be sure that it is being dropped aka stored inside of a mail sorter which can be a bin, basket, file sorter - whatever can serve as storage. Why? This prevents the mail from piling up and taking over your space. By creating a designated storage space for your mail is a clear indicator that mail should be stored in that spot only and not spill over to other areas within your space. proactive against clutter. So, here's how I decided to create an affordable mail sorter for my space. I ended up using an old napkin holder to store my mail. I'm sure my Grandmother didn't expect me to use it for this but hey it's serving a very functional and stress-free purpose.
As soon, as I enter my apartment, I'm instantly reminded to place the mail inside of the napkin holder. By storing my mail by the front door, this prevents me from even taking a step further into my space which could result in mail being dropped on the floor or the couch - practically anywhere that's not the designated mail storage.
"Create a designated space to store your mail to prevent it from piling up in other areas within your home or space."
Take Immediate Action
Once your mail is stored in a designated space then this allows you to gauge how much mail is coming into your space. For instance, if the mail is overflowing then you know that's your cue to sort through your mail because incoming mail won't be able to fit. In addition to gauging your mail, you are able to visualize how much space is available and take action beforehand which allows you to be proactive against clutter. Think along the lines of taking out your trash or recycling and when either one is full or begins to smell you are quickly prompted to take action and discard. You should have the same mindset when it comes to taking action to sort through your mail.
Now when sorting through mail, you are going to have to follow through with the task completely meaning once you start you should finish. So, what I like to suggest is to set an alarm for about 15-20 minutes. I love this tip and use it for many organizing tasks because it lessens the feeling of being overwhelmed. When you set an alarm to assist you with staying on task, you will feel motivated and accomplished once the alarm goes off because you'll be able to see the end result. And that end result should be an empty mail organizer or less mail.
Remember these tips are meant to encourage you to take the necessary steps to regain control over your mail. It's helpful to 'drop it like it's hot' which means as soon as you step foot into your space, place your mail inside of a designated mail organizer. Next, you should take immediate action by setting a timer and sorting through your mail to prevent a huge pile-up.
However, be sure to customize them to your lifestyle. For example, if you live alone, it may not be necessary to implement a large system because you're the only person receiving mail. However, if you live with others then you may want to consider a larger space to accommodate everyone's mail and employ labels so that everyone can quickly identify which mail sorter is their own.
We have the power to gain control of our space and not fall victims to clutter. Hopefully, these tips will help you not to go postal when organizing and sorting through your mail.
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