I think you’ll all agree when I say that paperwork is one of the biggest clutter culprits in most homes. ‘Going paperless’ is a semi-regular series on eliminating paper from your home in order to save time, reduce clutter and benefit the environment.
I’m so looking forward to diving into this new series with you, because I truly believe that reducing the amount of paper in your home can make your daily life a whole lot easier.
Step 1: Prevention
The first step is to stop more paper coming into your home. Does this scene look familiar to you?
Every day we were receiving a ton of mail that ended up in a dumping ground on the kitchen table. It was a daily struggle to keep on top of it.
Most of it was catalogues, many of which were immediately tossed and therefore a complete waste and others we gave only a cursory flip through.
A couple of dollars later, I had a ‘No junk mail’ sign attached to our (really attractive 1970s) letterbox and the constant stream of unwanted advertising material is gone, leaving us with only a few letters to deal with each day. As a bonus we’re not bombarded with temptation to buy things we don’t really need.
What about the catalogues you do want to receive, I hear you ask? The only catalogue I regularly used was for my supermarket, so now when I’m planning our weekly meals I simply hop onto their website and take a squizz through the specials. If I’m in the market for a particular item such as furniture or electronics I go to Lasoo and read only the relevant catalogues (this is Australian; perhaps some overseas readers can chime in with your local equivalent).
I’d love to know, how do you deal with your junk mail?
Next time: Dealing with other types of mail