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Organizing Mail

Even in the day of electronic bill paying, we can still be deluged with mail. This is a guide about organizing mail.


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June 21, 20105 found this helpful

While organizing my front entryway, I realized I needed places for junk mail which I recycle, bills, and items to be shredded. I hung some attractive straw purses on my coat rack with labels for each. This way I don't carry them to the dining table or the sofa where they tend to pile up. Now I sort them as soon as I carry them through the door!

By Susan from Elkhart, IN

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June 7, 20111 found this helpful

I have just the spot for those purses; always changing what is on my hooks w/bench in the entryway, I love this idea. Thanks a bunch.

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March 19, 2010

I took a TV dinner boxes and cut the one end of the flips off. I am going to use it for bills. I am going to decorate it, and then try to attach three of them together to make a tiered mail holder.

By Sandrafadeley from Portland, TN

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March 20, 20100 found this helpful

Don't the boxes have freezer odor from being in the store? Maybe it's because I live in a humid area.

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April 23, 2012

I keep a large manila folder with file folders in it labeled such as home insurance policy, auto insurance, etc. I only check my mail as I'm driving out of my driveway on the way to work. Before I get out of my car and walk into work, I open each envelope and:


  1. Sort the item into one of the file folders if it is a fileable item that requires no further attention.
  2. Put them into two stacks to go inside my job with me. One stack is for shredding and the other stack is bills due.
  3. When I'm through sorting my mail (which is very quick), I go inside my office building and walk straight to the shredder and shred the shred stack. Then I take the bill stack and before I clock in I either quickly add it to my calendar or I scan and email the item to myself. Then later in the day when I pass the shredder I stick those items in there.

    I have a folder in emails labeled bills. I move those to that folder then when I'm paying bills I have them all in front of me. Sometimes I forward the scanned document back to me and add bill name and date due to the subject line. At the end of the month I take my box inside and remove contents from the file folders and put into corresponding file folder in my file cabinet.

    By mmwonline AL

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    April 28, 20120 found this helpful

    Unless you are the owner of the business where you work, this is not a good idea. When you scan and email your personal documents from your employer's computers, copiers, etc., your documents are stored forever in the hard drives of these machines. Later, when the company trades these machines in for newer models, the hard drives on the old machines are not always erased. If the machines are sent to foreign countries for scrapping, as is common, or even just refurbished and re-sold, your information may get into the hands of others who may use it or sell it for nefarious purposes.

    Be very careful about copying or emailing any personal and personal financial information on work computers, copiers and scanners.

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January 21, 20051 found this helpful

I purchased 8 stackable plastic mailbox slots and labeled each one with a family members name. All schoolwork, mail, etc, that is for other people goes in their slot.

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