Cut down junk mail

Junk mail piling up can be a big source of clutter because when you get home from work the last thing you want to do is sort mail. My advice, do it right when you get in. Take the mail by the trash, immediately throw away anything that’s obviously junk, pull out what you need to keep (hang on to the bill, throw away the envelope and inserts), and put what you’re left with in your inbox.

Another easy way to get rid of junk mail is to avoid it altogether. Call 888-5-OPTOUT (888-567-8688) — run by the three major credit-reporting companies — and remove yourself from the mailing lists for unsolicited credit-card offers. You can also do it online. Then, if you’re feeling really adventurous, ask the Direct Marketing Association to turn off the rest of your junk mail.