We receive, on average, about 16 pieces of junk mail per week, with only about 1.5 pieces of mail being personal letters that are for us or interests us. That effectively translates into about 41 pounds of junk mail each year. Then there is the waste and its impact on our environment from all that paper, as about 44% (or just over 18 pounds) of mail makes its way to our landfills unopened
We receive, on average, about 16 pieces of junk mail per week, with only about 1.5 pieces of mail being personal letters that are for us or interests us. That effectively translates into about 41 pounds of junk mail each year.
Let us attempt to offer some clarification(s). If you make a purchase of a product or service, and you give the company your name and address, chances are you will be added to one or more mailing lists used by direct marketing businesses. Companies many times pay for that information, and presto, they become part of the aggravation at your mailbox. The good thing is you can reduce the amount of mail you receive however, but it will take some time and effort on your part, so be patient
2. Sign up on the following websites and you should see a decrease in junk mail received in about three months:
www.optoutprescreen.com. Note: you must register every five years for this service.
http://directmail.com/mail_preference/ has a national do not mail list form you fill out - you select what types of mail you do not want to receive.
3. Register your home and mobile numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. This will substantially reduce the number of unwanted sales calls you receive. This remains active forever, unless you change your phone number.
4. You can control unwanted paper mail using an app and your phones camera feature. Once you register with PaperKarma , you simply take photos of the unwanted mail you want to stop and you're done! They will automatically contact the mailer and remove you from their distribution list. Please note, they can stop most unwanted mail that is addressed directly to you.
5. For that annoying and emotionally stressing mail that continues to show up for deceased family members, DMA Choice maintains a Deceased Do Not Contact list. There is no fee for this service to register.
Warranty cards are often sold. Did you know that most times you are protected, even if you don't send in the card? If you choose to fill out the warranty information card, include only minimal information such as you name, address, date of purchase and product serial number. For some products, you may want the company to have a record of your purchase in case there is a safety recall.
What was delivered to my mailbox today?
Did you know that you can sign up with USPS and they will email you scanned photos of the contents in your mailbox that day? Sign up for free at USPS.com, go to the tab - Mail Preferences, select opt-in, and you will receive a daily email with your mail images sent to you. You can opt-out at any time.
So there you have it! We know that junk mail most times leads to paper clutter, and yes, much added stress. We want you to start your new year right, and hope that these recommendations and tips will help you to cut out potential dreaded clutter before it starts. However, if you feel overwhelmed, Organizing Resolutions with Starks is prepared to help! We can develop and execute decluttering strategies that will assist you in leading a more paperless and stress less life.
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