Friday, November 30, 2007

Stop the Catalog Avalanche

Mailbox_3 Are you as tired as I am of catalogs and other junk mail in your mailbox? If so, read on!

I had an 'Aha!' moment not long ago. I was listening to organizing expert Monica Ricci's radio interview on the Vicky & Jen Show. The topic was paper clutter.

Now, I have to admit that I have paper clutter. Oh, boy, do I! But I work at minimizing it. I try to deal with my mail as soon as it arrives, handling each piece once, tossing any catalogs I won't use and shredding credit card offers, etc. But still the paper mounts.

When Monica suggested that the BEST thing to do is to stop paper from coming in the house in the first place, I had my "Aha!" moment. Could I really end the avalanche of catalogs that appears in my mailbox every day? Yes! And you can, too.

Catalog Choice is a free service that lets you opt-out of unwanted catalogs. The sign up is simple. The fun is choosing catalogs and declining to receive any more from a company.

Yippee! No more 'Plow and Hearth' or 'Harry and David' and a whole bunch of others that I have never ordered from yet they inundate me with so much paper that I'm left overwhelmed and confused. Maybe there is something in there I just can't live without? Maybe I should keep the catalog 'just in case' I want to order from them? NO!

If the catalogs don't arrive in the first place, my mail is decreased by more than half. My mailbox will now just be filled with credit card offers...and I'll tell you another day how to stop those.


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