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How to Handle Incoming Mail with Ease

Staff Post

Posted on March 22 2017

One of the worst nightmares of every homeowner is not being able to manage postal mail once it arrives. Most of us are aware of the fact that unsolicited junk can turn into unwanted clutter. Before getting up and placing your piles of mail somewhere akin to that of a rubbish bin and repeating the entire tiring process after a week or so (since mail tends to be delivered any time of the week), there are 3 things you should consider doing first:

1 - Get in touch with your local post office officials to discuss how you can prevent junk mail from being sent to your home. Junk mail is basically sent by companies who are trying to sell products to those who are in their database. Think of these as real-life spam mail that you get on your email account. There are lots of options available like “mail filtering,” “no forwarding,” etc.

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2 - Prevent unknown postal mail from being sent to your address. Perhaps it happened to you once or twice wherein you receive something that isn’t actually addressed to you or anyone living in your home. Simply scribble “not at this address” on the envelope and place it back into your mailbox for pickup.  

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3 - If you’re going out on vacation for a period of time and do not want to deal with the accumulated clutter once you get back, you can request your post office official to stop mail delivery until a certain date.

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Once you have addressed the abovementioned scenarios,  (should these apply to you) it’s time to sort the mail out once and for all. Here are some tips on how to manage mail easily:

  • Create or purchase a nice-looking mail basket. A mail basket is basically a container made to handle mail. It has designated storage compartments where you can slip magazines and catalogues, envelopes and postcards with ease. Some mail baskets are also made to handle small to medium parcels, make sure you have these covered too.
  • Have a trash bag or a recycling bin at hand. This is where you will store mail you’re not interested in and you don’t intend to open. Set it somewhere near your mail basket so it will be easy for you to just chuck in there.
  • Consider getting a paper shredder. Even though junk mail is something that you hate, it still contains some of your personal info such as address, full name, and contact details; it’s best that you shred them first before throwing.
  • Have a separate container for bills and those that you need to pay immediately so you don’t forget about them.
  • For invitations and extremely important mail, a bulletin board placed somewhere in the kitchen area or lounge room is also ideal. This will serve as some sort of “reminder board” for you.


How do you manage your mail? Mind sharing us your tips? Let us know in the comments section below!