This post is part of the Busy Moms Decluttering Challenge! We are working through Ruth Soukup's Book “31 Days to a Clutter Free Life“- taking one week to work on each of the decluttering assignments. You can see all of our Decluttering Challenge posts here!
This week we are reading and working through Day 3 of our “31 Days to a Clutter Free Life” book. This week's assignment is tackling the mail!
Whether it's bills, advertisements, or catalogs- we all receive tons of mail! The question is- what do you do with it when it comes in? Do you have a system in place or does it pile up and create clutter? It's time for us to start dealing with paper clutter created by the mail!
Paper Clutter Requires Both a System and a Storage Place
If you've read “Day 3” of our decluttering book, you know that Ruth recommends both a system for dealing with the mail as soon as it comes into the house, as well creating a central location to place all of the mail that needs to be dealt with at a regular time. So this week that's what I want you to focus on by asking yourself:
- Where does the mail go when it first comes into the house?
- Do I go through the mail every day and immediately recycle the junk mail, catalogs, and ads that I don't need?
- Do I have a place to keep bills that are waiting to be paid?
- Do I have a process for dealing with invites / flyers / mail for kids and spouses that they need to see?
And then I want you to take it a step further and consider ways that you can reduce the paper that comes into your house in the first place:
- What newspapers and magazines do your receive that you no longer make the time to read? (cancel those subscriptions which will save you both money as well as clutter!)
- You can use a free service like Catalog Choice to help you opt out of store catalogs that you would no longer like to receive. I suggest making a stack of catalogs that you receive throughout the week, and then on Monday mornings log into your Catalog Choice account and using the account # next to your mailing address on each catalog to opt out of each one!
Bonus Work: Deal with Your email Inbox too!
I find that email makes me feel far more frazzled than US mail does! So if you want to battle the electronic clutter that comes from an overly filled email inbox- read this post on How to get to Inbox Zero!
Are You Ready to Start Dealing with Paper Clutter?
If you want to declutter with us- check out our facebook group where we will be posting before/after photos and sharing ideas, frustrations, and success stories! We'd love to have you!