If the mail is left untouched for some time, it will turn into an unsightly clutter in no time. To prevent that from happening, create a sorting system that works for you so you don’t have to sort your way through an overflowing pile.
1. Invest in a recycling bin
If you get a lot of mail every week, invest in a roomy recycling bin such as a woven basket where you can quickly drop the envelopes, junk mail and catalogues. Bins like these help to hide the unsightly pile of mail.
Another option is to sort your mail at the door by dropping junk mail into the basket straight away. This way you can bring the actual important letters to your room or home office and prevent junk mail from going beyond the front door. By the end of the week, you can empty the pile of junk mails and send it for recycling.
Hint: Laundry bags and wastepaper baskets are a good substitute!
2. Make some drop zones
Another nifty idea is to invest in two or three boxes or baskets. One box is for incoming mail, the second for outgoing mail and the third for junk mail. This system helps you to find the mail you need such as wedding invitations or outstanding bills.
It can also be categorized into Read, Bills and Shred. The key is to devise a system that works best for you so if you need more categories, feel free to do so! Here are some ideas of things you can use and ways to arrange the containers in the house.
3. Go paperless
In order to keep your mail volume in order, opt for a paperless route whenever there’s a choice to do so. You don’t need a physical copy of certain documents but if you want to keep a record of it, scan and save it to a cloud drive or hard disk. It’s also time to unsubscribe from magazines and catalogues that you don’t have time to look at anyway.
What are the other ways you have used to sort your mail? Share it in the comments and help another!