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.

2 Comments for “Cut down junk mail”

  1. posted by C on

    I don’t like junk mail as much as the next guy. But think of this. If the amount of mail including junk mail was reduced (even a small amount) the post office would lose revenue from the postage, therefore bumping the cost of postage up yet again!

  2. posted by Jill on

    Yes, much better to cut down even more trees to save 3 cents. Ack. I doubt there’s even a causal relationship there – fees go up because health insurance goes up astronomically. So if you really want to do something about the cost of stamps, buy some stamps and write some letters to your reps about getting a better system of health care in this country.

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