Mail clutter can pile up – the stacks of paper clutter are messy and unsightly.  Learn how to manage your mail without adding clutter and piles of paper all over your home.  Episode 61 of The Intentional Edit Podcast has the steps you need to tackle incoming mail before it becomes clutter.



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Mail clutter compile up quickly. And the stacks of paper clutter are messy and unsightly. Learn how to manage your mail without adding clutter and piles of paper all over your home. Episode. 61 of the intentional edit podcast has the steps you need to tackle incoming mail before it becomes clutter.


Hey friends, quick tips that make a big impact in your daily life are my favorite ways to implement systems around the house. I’ve been sharing easy strategies and my go-to organizing products for tip Tuesday on the intentional at Instagram feed for a few years. Now I’m excited to bring it to the podcast with short episodes, answering your questions every Tuesday. If you want me to answer your questions, go to the podcast page on intentional, and submit your questions there. Let’s get started on this tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast.


Hey friends. Welcome back to the intentional edit podcast. I’m here today with another tip Tuesday episode, before we dive in and I answer a listener question. I want you to head over to Facebook and join the community for the intentional edit podcast listeners over there. It’s called declutter organize and create systems to simplify your home in life. You can go to Facebook and search that, or just click click on the link in the podcast description down at the bottom of this episode, you can find the link and it will take you over to the Facebook group, head over there, join the group, and then ask me your questions or tell me what you’re struggling with. So we can talk about that on future episodes. That way I’ll make sure I’m covering topics that you want to hear about another really easy way to submit a question for a podcast episode is to head to intentional and a little button that says record.


Now pops up. You can just click on that button and leave me a message. Just like you would leave a message or a voicemail for a friend with your question or concern or an issue that you’re having. Just let me know. What are you struggling with? What’s happening at home. That’s causing you frustration or to be irritated. What are you doing in those moments what’s going on? And we can come up with solutions to help you figure out basically to help you end that frustration and put systems in place and new routines for you and your family. So we can eliminate some of those struggles in your daily life. Okay, let’s get going with today’s episode. And I am going to answer the listener question here is the question that came in. It says, I just can’t seem to get rid of paper and mail.


I get the mail for my family and collect it for my mother as well. When will I find the time to go through all the stacks and deal with the paper and mail and how to deal with it? That is a great question. And there’s a couple easy things that you can actually implement today or tomorrow. The next time that you, the mail and start these things that I’m gonna share with you right away, they are easy to do, and they eliminate the stacks of stuff piling up. If you have mail and magazines, catalogs, junk mail, all of that in different piles and stacks around your house. We want to get rid of those things, eliminate that, cuz that’s just unnecessary clutter that doesn’t need to be there. It’s collecting dust. And frankly, by the time you ever look at any of that stuff, it’s outdated and kind of irrelevant.


So the first thing I want you to do when you get the mail is go to your mailbox, grab the mail and come into the house wherever you have your trash can and recycling cans and go through the mail in that spot. So stand in front of that. I know in my kitchen, it’s a pull out drawer. The trash and recycling are right there. I walk in with my mail and I stand there and go through it. The majority of the things that come in the mail are trash or something that can be recycled. Those advertisements and flyers and all of that. I don’t even take the time to look at it. I don’t open it. Any of that information that I would need, I can find it online. Those things are enticing you to make purchases and to buy things. And if we are living an intentional life, we are being intentional about what comes into our home.


Then we shouldn’t be purchasing something because it’s on sale or because it is a good deal. So I don’t even need to look at those. And really neither do you stand in front of the trash, can in the recycling and put them in the appropriate places. You can rip up your things if it has your name on it or put em in or shredder, but take care of these things right away. It usually only takes a few minutes to do this. And then you might be left with one, two, maybe three pieces of mail that are actually something that you need to deal with and take action on. Then those pieces go to the appropriate location. If you are still getting catalogs and magazines and you are looking at these things, then those can go into the one storage spot for that catalog or that magazine.


And then once you’ve looked at it, it goes into the recycling. Or I know a lot of times people pass on magazines and catalogs to schools or art teachers to do projects. Then if that’s what you do, then you need to have a designated spot for that too. You have a place where the magazines and catalogs go, when you’re going to read them and then another box or bin somewhere where you put them once they’ve been read. And as soon as that container is full, you take it to whoever you’re donating it to systems like that, make it so that the piles of clutter and the piles of paper do not stack up and cause clutter in your home. Another thing you can do that is really easy is unsubscribe from all of these things, get off of these lists. How many times do you actually order from a catalog?


Probably not very often. You can go to the website of that company. It’s better for the environment and it’s better for you because you don’t have to deal with these things. They’re not taking up space in your home. They’re not adding to the clutter. Get off of those mailing lists. If you can, sometimes there’s a card you can rip out and send in. Usually there is a website you can go to with a way to unsubscribe or get off of the email list, remove yourself from the email list. Take some time to do that. And then you won’t have the constant mail coming in. The same thing goes for bills and any type of statement. If you can elect to have paper list, a paper list option, I know all banks offer that. I’m pretty sure that all utility companies and anyone sending you a bill is going to offer you a paperless option.


Most of those companies even offer incentives for you to do that. Maybe you save a dollar a month or there’s some kind of a discount program because it’s less work on their part and it’s more efficient sign up for paperless and to get those things to come to your email. So you don’t ever have to even deal with the paper. It’s not coming into your house. It’s not something you have to worry about. It’s not something that you have to deal with in terms of the paper, it comes to your email. You can pay it instantly and it streamlines the entire process. So those are a couple things that I do to deal with mail. And if you’re getting mail for the family, you can deal with those things in the same way, sort them out, decide what needs you need to take action on deal with those things have designated places.


And in terms of things that like the catalogs and magazines, if you have a place where you are putting these a basket or on a coffee table or something like that, start putting something into your routine where maybe one time every month or every so many weeks, you take inventory of those things and you get rid of anything that’s more than a month old because advertising is time sensitive. If you are looking at something that is six months passed, when it came out, it’s probably has a lot of things that are irrelevant. If especially if they’re selling things, a lot of those won’t even be available anymore. Put that into your routine too. But my number one recommendation would be just to stop subscribing to those, stop getting those in the mail, put it into all of that. So you don’t have to deal with it.


And then you eliminate that clutter and its entirety. I hope those little things that can easily go into your day help you and lessen the paper clutter and the stacks of mail around your house. Thank you so much for submitting that question. If you have a question for me or want to share your struggles so I can help you come up with solutions to make life easier and simplify what is going on in your home and in your busy life, then head over to intentional Click on that record now button and leave me a message with your question or your struggles. Don’t forget to join the Facebook group where you can scroll down in the podcast description and click on that link. It’ll take you right there. You can join the Facebook group. That is just for the listeners of the intentional edit podcast, or when you’re on Facebook search declutter organize and create systems to simplify your home in life and become a member. So we can get to talking and have some conversation over there. I will meet you back here later in the week for another episode of the intentional edit podcast. Thank you so much for listening.


Thanks for listening to another tip Tuesday episode on the intentional edit podcast keeps submitting your question so that I can keep answering them on these episodes. They’re quick episodes and I love to share actionable solutions for you to implement at home. You can always send me an email or direct message on Instagram, but I have added a cool way to submit voice questions on the website. It’s honestly my favorite way to take questions. Now, head over to intentional, click on the podcast page and scroll down to where it says, submit your questions for the podcast. Ask me anything there. And you can even be featured on the show. Questions can be about creating systems in your house. Decluttering, how to manage family schedules, getting kids on board with organizing, managing, and maintaining systems. Honestly, they can be personal questions and things you wanna know about how I do something in my house. I want to know what you want to know if you’re struggling with it. Other people are too ready set, go over right now to intentional and ask your questions.




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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces.  Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life.  Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority.  While trends come and go organization is always in style!


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