Last week we shared that January is the official host Get Organized Month according to the National Association of Professional Organizers. In honor of the month we will be celebrating with specific organization tips each week. This week’s Get Organized Month Tip will outline effective ways to organize mail found on Real Simple.
- Set up a workplace. Designate a place in your home as your mail workspace. Include a table or desk, container to store the week’s mail, a trash can for junk mail, and a paper shredder to destroy documents with sensitive information. Devise a scheduled time to sort through mail each day.
- Create a filing System. Create a separate, portable file designated for bill pay. File bills (minus their envelopes unless you mail them in) by their due date. Also include a check book, online passwords, pens, envelops and stamps so you will have everything you need at any given time.
- Store important documents. Use a file cabinet to store bank statements, insurance claims, tax records and other important documents. Section them off in broadly labeled file folders that include more specific sub-categories.
- Organize magazines and catalogs. Separate magazine and catalogs from the rest of your mail as soon as you bring them in and place them in a magazine rack or on your coffee table for viewing pleasure.
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Image by Alexandra Rowley for Real Simple.