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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
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 sandra from Portland, TN
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:
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
I purchased 8 stackable plastic mailbox slots and labeled each one with a family members name. All schoolwork and mail that is for other people goes in their slot. The kids use it to keep homework that they are working on. And when I run into field trip slips and permission forms I sign them and put them in to the child's mailbox slot. This teaches them a lot of responsibility as they have to check it and bring things back to school to turn in.