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I live in an apartment down 7 steps. I don't like bringing stuff inside that will end up outside unused and unread. I leave my junk mail in my locked mailbox. Then on recycling day, I empty the mailbox. I was thrilled when I came up with this because I'm handicapped. It's hard taking the recycling up steps anyway.
I'm lucky, I live on the 9th floor of an apartment building but there is a recycling bin right in the mailroom! So people get their mail, toss the junk mail, and only take the "real" mail up to their apartments. If we left mail in the mailbox for a week, the mail carrier would probably have to empty it, place a "mailbox full" notice on it, and take the mail back to the post office for pickup, so having the recycling right there is important for us.
Whenever I receive an "invite" in the mail for a credit card that I do not want (an unsolicited invite), I tear it up into several pieces because I do not have a shredder and can't afford one right now. Then I take the pieces and put some in each waste basket around the house so just in case a thief wants to paste the information back together, all the pieces are not there.
Some pieces are in the bathroom waste basket, some pieces are in the kitchen waste basket, some pieces are in the bedroom waste basket and not all waste baskets get emptied at the same time. This eliminates the risk of any personal information getting into the wrong hands.
By Kathy from Sylvania, OH
Walmart has a Mainstay shredder, you can get the top or you can get the bottom to go with it. Just the shredder is $14 or a dollar or more, you can just put it on top of anything to catch the shred. If you want to buy the bottom to go with it, it could cost it could cost $3-6 more.
To cut down on junk mail, first, I "unsubscribe" from as many websites as I can. That cuts down on a lot of junk mail.
Then, from the outfits I want to stop sending me mail, if they have included a postage paid envelope, I'll go ahead and fill out their survey (or whatever) but not include a check. See how much they value my opinion then! Sometimes I just return the postage-paid envelope, or I might include other junk mail. Fun! It almost makes it fun to get junk mail.
By virginnyb65 from Charles City, IA
Please! Most often when you unsubscribe from spam it verifies that you're there and they send you more and more - not just from themselves, but they sell your email address to others!
If it's spam, you must block it! Please!
If you don't have a shredder, here is an easy way to "shred" your mail. Take all the mail you don't want, tear it up into little pieces, put it all in an empty envelope, seal it, and toss it in the trash.
To keep the clutter down of junk mail coming in the house, we keep a shredder handy and go through the mail as soon as it comes in. Magazines, newspapers, ads, etc. go into a bag to be recycled.
When I bring in the mail, I head straight for the trash can and immediately sort out the junk mail. The rest goes in a small basket, until I get a chance to deal with it properly.
I save up my junk mail until I get enough to mulch a section of my flower garden where weeds are a problem. You can lay the pieces of mail two, three or four pieces deep and spread over the area to be mulched.
Do not allow junk mail to enter your home! It seems once mail gets in the house, it takes on a life of it's own and never leaves. If you pick up your mail at a post office, throw your junk mail in their paper recyclables container
I recycle everything! My husband and I use the cloth bags that we use every week to get our groceries. I keep one next to my office desk, my living room chair, and the kitchen pantry, in order to toss things in after they are read.
I mail it back to the sender if they enclose an envelope for which they will pay. Let them pay twice for the spam and they can get rid of the clutter. Otherwise if I can use the backs for note paper, I do that.
I have a shredder. I shred all of my junk mail. I use the strips for packing materials when I mail boxes.(eBay) I also use them for paper mache projects with my children or kids in my class. I sort the colored paper out.
I have, in the past, just written "refused" on the unopened junk mail and put it back in the mailbox. The postal service will take it away.
Keep a shredder right next to the place you sort the daily mail - what a joy to watch all that junk mail go through the shredder! By CA Thomas
Take all junk mail directly to the recycle bin. Saves you time and mess. Also put any catalogs or magazines which you no longer want in the recycle bin as well.
The quickest way to get rid of junk mail is to have a wastebin (waste basket) somewhere near where you pick up the mail. Don't let the junk mail get any further. Drop it in the wastebin right there and then and you will have no worries about junk mail clutter.
Go through what might be junk mail only one time; shredding or recycling the junk and saving what might be useful.