Have you tried any of the 5-minute organizing techniques I’ve written about? You might be surprised to see how much you can accomplish in just five minutes.
Almost everyone complains about mail clutter. Mail doesn’t actually cause clutter; the accumulation happens because you don’t have a plan for your mail.
You can create a simple system for dealing with incoming mail. Setting up the system will take less than five minutes and maintenance will take less than five minutes a day.
- Designate a “mail spot” in your home or office and use it for incoming mail. This is a great way to use a bowl, basket or other container you like but never had a use for.
- Toss or recycle junk mail as soon as you come in, and put anything that needs attention in the mail spot.
- Once a week, go through everything in the mail spot and take action – read, toss, file, or respond to it.
If you really want to stop mail clutter, keep these things in mind:
- Don’t move your mail spot around – it needs to be in a consistent place so everyone can build a habit around using it.
- Don’t dump other stuff in the container – if it becomes a dumping ground for all kinds of junk, you won’t have room for mail and you won’t use it.
- Don’t open anything until you’re ready to process your mail. If something looks interesting and you open it, put it back in the mail spot until you’re ready to act on it. Otherwise, you’ll end up with piles of mail everywhere – which caused the original problem.
How do you deal with mail? Leave a comment below.