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January, 2008

What to Do with Mail

Welcome to my first issue of Organizing Tips!

January is almost over and it really is ok that you did not achieve your New Years' resolution of becoming totally organized for 2008. I am not sure that it was realistic anyway - no one could achieve such a lofty goal in the first 4 weeks of a new year.

This newsletter is designed to give you ideas that will help to create more time in your life and to reduce stress - you can become more organized, one step at a time.

Happy 2008!

In This Issue

What to do with Mail

  • Sort mail near a brown bag so that you can immediately get rid of envelopes and ads you don't need.
  • You have to open your mail. A gadget that might help is a handheld electric mail opener. Go to My to find these - well worth the $20.00.
  • If you have time, you can begin to sort the mail into categories: bills, forms to fill out; invitations and things needing responses; filing; recycling; reading materials, things to consider. There will be other categories as well but that depends on you. Go to The Container Store/office supplies for neat file systems.
  • If you do not have time to sort right now, set a specific time with yourself to come back to it later.
  • When everything is sorted into a category there will be action that is required on each piece of paper. For example, bills have to be paid. Forms need to be filled out, etc. This is a necessarey but often overlooked step - Action is vital or or the piles will begin...

What to Do with Unwanted Mail

  • To remove your name from lists that will send you credit card offers as well as insurance information. call Opt Out at 1-888-567-8688 or go to
  • You can stop receiving junk mail by sending a letter to the Direct Marketing Association, Junk Mail Service, PO Box 643, Carmel, NY 15012. The letter needs to be signed and dated. You can not do this on line. You should also take a look at the DMA website for other ideas.
  • Write or call the companies that send you catalogues to get off their lists. You can make a form letter and send it to all of them. It is best to make a copy of the sticker with your address on it and send it with your letter.
  • Until all the unwanted mail stops showing up, recycle it. If you do not know the guidelines for recycling in your community, they will be easy to access on the town website.

Thanks for looking at my newsletter. I would like to answer your questions - finding a solution to an organizing problem and/or locating a resource. Information sharing is so great. When you write or call, I will be in touch within 24 hours.


Debby Fenn



Debby Fenn - Founder of Away It Goes

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