Paper can be useful, fun, and make you happy. Take, for instance, wrapping paper. When you find just the right kind of wrap for that special gift, doesn’t a smile creep on to your face?
When you find the perfect notebook, life is just more organized. Confetti is super-fun and often takes the place of rice at weddings these days. (See, even more smiles.)
And if you’re a traditional scrap-booker, then you KNOW how much fun paper can be.
Unfortunately, that’s not the kind of paper we deal with on a day-to-day basis. We mostly get stuck with ho-hum, drab paper that comes in envelopes that say, “Important Account Information” or “Current Bill.”
What about the receipts you get every time you go to grocery store? The circulars…the unwanted coupons… even your dog has paper from his vet visits.
Ok, so we know it’s not fun, but there are a few simple things you can do manage it a little better. Check out these strategies and if I’ve left your favorite off the list, add it by leaving a comment.
1. Stop Junk Mail in Its Tracks. Avoid having to sort and recycle your junk mail simply by not having it delivered in the first place. Visit the Direct Marketing Association website and request to stop receiving credit card offers, catalogs, magazines, retail offers, and more.
It can take up to 90 days to start seeing a difference, but it works.
2. Say Goodbye to Contests & Sweepstakes if they require your mailing address. The thought of winning a bazillion dollars may be very appealing, but you will likely receive even more mail from contest organizers when you hand over your address. Even worse, sometimes your info gets sold or sent to 3rd parties, so be cautious.
3. Make Your Plants Happy. What do you do with the remaining junk mail? Shred it and make your plants happy by adding it to your compost pile.
Oh, and don’t forget your newspaper. Rip it up when you’re finished reading, and off to the earthworms it goes. You can also layer newspapers in your garden to keep weeds away.
Not bad, huh?
In her next Guest Post Deb will share her steps to organizing your papers now that you’ve reduced the piles. Stay tuned!
About Today’s Poster
Deb Lee is an award winning Certified Professional Organizer® and the founder of D. Allison Lee LLC, a company that helps residential and business clients kick clutter to the curb and become more productive. Visit her Organize to Revitalize blog, for more great tips and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.