Post by iguanamamma on Jun 29, 2012 14:39:31 GMT -5
I have put off sorting mail for months. My hubby yanks out the bills. Rufus my five pound dog scares the mail lady with his growling (she told me he did). I feel the same about the mail. It is hot here and I have the" I don't wannas" so I make myself sort mail. What makes it worse is that I get mail addressed to my MIL who has been dead for three years. That's a downer in itself but I HATE the mail.It is stuck in piles all over the house. I tell myself that throwing it away will make all mail disappear forever. I try to fool myself by watching the Sci-Fi channel drinking tea and sorting. It is diasppointing to Rufus and me that she will be back with more. I wonder if I began growling at her too if she would go away.
When i get nothing but bills, i want to growl at the mail carrier, too.
The worst for me is the ones asking for money donations that i wish i could do, but just can't right now. The temptation is to keep them until i have more money "later," when i need to remember there will always be more requests coming.
NOTE: Before you ask me, know that my answer is "No!" and my reason is, "It's for your own good!" Printed on mommy's coffee cup.
IM, I try to toss almost all the mail, except for the bills, directly in the recycling bin. I'm not perfect at it, but when I do it consistently and work at those piles a little everyday, they do start to shrink.
Good luck with eliminating the evidence that the mail lady ever did stop by.
Goal: Create a serene, peaceful environment, free of clutter.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. ~Dale Carnegie
I know how you feel -- I hate mail too! And phone messages. I have Caller ID and if I see that someone called, I call them back. My messages are all versions of "call me back" or telemarketers or bill collectors etc. Very rarely do I ever get a message that I really needed to hear!
I've signed up to get/pay all my bills electronically. I get e-mail saying "your bill is here" and I follow the link and pay it then (or as soon as I can).
When I get mail for my address for someone who doesn't live here anymore, I write something like "moved -- return to sender". If you keep getting mail for your MIL from the same companies, it might be worth opening it and finding a number/e-mail to contact them and ask them to stop sending the mail. It is a bit of a hassle but at least you only have to do it once.
Can you sort your mail into categories -- ex: "bills" "mail for MIL" "junk mail" etc.? If so, maybe you could have a place for all the mail right at the front door, along with a recycling container or garbage, and sort it right away -- junk mail you don't want goes directly into the garbage, bills go into a folder or box marked "bills", mail for MIL gets marked with a message on the outside of the envelope and put into a bag or envelope or whatever for you to mail back to the sender. Instead of letting the mail accumulate in piles around the house, you could do all the sorting right at the front door, or in one spot (ex: kitchen, office).
I know that none of these suggestions will make the mail stop coming, I just thought maybe some might help.
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing is the wrong thing; and the worst thing you can do is nothing". -- Theodore Roosevelt
"The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run." -- Henry David Thoreau
Post by CaringFriend on Jun 30, 2012 17:58:01 GMT -5
This is a good job to do while watching TV. Grab a pile of mail and a trash can, then sit back and go through it one by one. No stress involved because you are focused on the TV.
If you follow the advice above and take care of it daily as it comes in and discard some of the old daily, sooner or later all of the mail and paper piles will be gone. It's just logical!
Each time I've moved, I have taken the time to get off of mailing lists. If there is a postage paid return envelope enclosed in the junk mail, I write on the enclosed piece of mail "Please remove this name and address from your mailing list" and mail it back to them If there is no postage paid envelope, I look for an email address or phone # and relay the same message. It has been my experience that the junk mail ends after 2 months of doing this activity consistently.
The only mail I haven't been able to stop is the mail addressed to "Resident". But what a difference - just a few pieces of "real mail" every week. For me, it was worth the effort of spending 2 months doing that. Now it's gone - all gone. I think I may have received 2 pieces of junk mail in the past couple of years.
Every problem has a solution. Keep trying until you find something that works.
Post by seekingpeace on Jul 1, 2012 11:39:19 GMT -5
I hate paper/mail pile up, too.... I also lost my beloved MIL almost 12 years ago. We STILL get mail addressed to her every once in a while. This was NEVER her address. I really miss her and so when a letter comes, I simply look at it as her smiling down on me and my journey and tell DH and the kids that Gramma sent another smile!
If you get credit card or loan offers there is an opt out number on them, its for ALL of them to stop them from coming, just call the number, its prompts you by recorded message, you can opt out for 5 yrs or forever, they give u two choices. I just did this since I was moving and all I needed was offers to keep coming to a house I no longer live at. Dont need someone getting one and scamming and messing with my good credit.
I try to shred mine right away or throw them in the recycle bin