After walking into two homes covered in paper last week, I thought itâ€™s time to write about mail once again. Youâ€™d think that mail shouldnâ€™t be an issue or wouldnâ€™t be an issue anymore with our technology to go paperless, but there are still several people that struggle with mail coming through their front door.Â Each home saw eight, yes eight garbage bags of paper find their way into the recycling bin. Only one small one inch thick stack of paper was kept as permanent records or tax records that needed to be filed or scanned in.
So what did I do? Glad you asked. This was my process and youâ€™re welcome to follow it yourself.
First, I went through all the backlog of mail. I zipped open hundreds of envelopes. Obvious junk mail was tossed without even opening them. Several paper cuts were encountered J
Second, I kept one bill of every type (for example Com Ed, Verizon, etc) and one statement (Chase Checking, Mortgage Statement, BCBSIL Explanation of Benefits) of every type.
Third, myself or the client started logging into the website of each and every bill vendor and statement vendor. When an account needed to be created, we would set one up and record all usernames and passwords.
Fourth, each bill was made paperless and autopay
Fifth, each statement was turned onto paperless or an e-statement.
Lastly, one household was inundated with mail from charity asking for money. We counted about thirty five different charities. Guess what we did? We called each one and removed the address from the charity mailing list.
You may be thinking, all of that is a lot of work. And yes youâ€™re right. It took a while and was very tedious work. But Iâ€™ll tell you the pay off. No bills will be late, less mail will come through the front door, and Iâ€™ve equipped them to maintain organization without me. I wouldnâ€™t be a good organizer if I just â€ścleaned up the mail pilesâ€ť. We need to get to the root of the paper problem as organizers and hereâ€™s howâ€¦. STOP THE PAPER FROM COMING IN by just a click online!
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