One of my most difficult adjustments after arriving in the United States were the influx of junk mail. It is so overwhelming to see all the bills, magazines and coupons every day. Sometimes, I just ignore the pile on my work table. But I realized that if I don’t manage these papers well, I will lose my mind.
So once in a while; I would try different ways to organize them but it seemed not to work. Through years of experimenting, I feel that I’ve now perfected the tackling of my dreaded junk mail. How? By having a designated area for each paper that comes everyday.
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First, baskets were used to separate the papers to SHRED and RECYCLE and are emptied every week or every other week. These baskets are actually a part of a Coat Tree which stands beside my work table and it looks like this
and you can get it here.
Then, three small plastic trays are labeled with BILLS, COUPONS and RECEIPTS. At the end of the day, this gets checked. And for the magazines that I want to skim for the future, it is placed on a separate magazine holder. It has to be religiously emptied by the end of the month.
Next, a small letter holder is used for the important bills that serves as my outbox ready for mailing on my next trip to the post office.
Lastly, I have folders for all the finished transactions and filing. Among these folders are my children’s school projects and papers.
Putting each of them to its proper place immediately after getting from the mailbox is the key to avoiding paper clutter.
I hope this helps you with your new mail arriving today.