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How To Organize Mail

If you're like me organizing mail can be a pain in the you know what. For me I tend to just get the mail, see who it is from, and then leave it in a big pile for about a month. Occasionally I will get a piece of mail that I know is important and I will open it, but for the most part they are just bills that I know I have already paid online.

I would just opt for the online statements, but I like having the hard copy for my records and I don't think I would take the time to print my statements off at home. It's kind of funny that I hate opening mail now. When I was growing up I used to love receiving mail, probably because I rarely got mail.

Anyways, when I do get around to organizing my mail I generally do it in stages. The first thing i will do is go through and open up all of the mail. I will take the bills, statements, letters out of the envelope and then throw away the envelope and the advertisements that are on the inside. At this point I might stop there and wait for another day or I might just continue on. What I have found though is that once I have the mail out of the envelope it makes me much more inclined to organize later on.

The way I organize my mail is I use three ring binders. I have dividers for the different companies that I receive mail from. I just hole punch it and throw it in the appropriate spot of the binder. Something I just recently started doing was making a new binder for each year. I have a binder for 2010 and one for 2011. This way I can easily access the statements I need without having to access old ones. It also makes it a little easier for tax purposes.

You don't have to organize your mail like I do. What I recommend you do is find a system that works for you. Play around a little bit, don't be afraid to experiment. Ultimately, the best way to organize your mail is the way that fits you that you will follow. My dad used a filing cabinet to organize all of his documents. I hope you have found this article useful in organizing your mail. Stop procrastinating and start organizing!


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