Junk mail is like an unwanted house guest. You never invite it over, but it barges in anyway.
If you don’t have a system for dealing with all the junk mail that streams into your home on a daily basis it can get out of hand, quickly. I finally decided to finally take control of the junk mail situation at my house, and I’m more than happy to share with you what I do to curb the influx of junk mail.
As consumers we have the right to decide what comes into our homes. I suggest starting with the junk mail that bothers you the most. These are the items we get in the mailbox on a daily basis but never look at. For me, those items where coupons, credit cards and sales ads.
Here are 3 simple action-steps to control junk mail:
Opt-out. Always Opt-out.
You can do nearly everything online now, so it literally took me 10 minutes to visit all three of these opt-out websites:
Data & Marketing Association will help you manage the mail you receive. There is a small $2 processing fee. Make sure to click the credit card button. In my opinion, it’s well worth the small investment. I haven’t received any credit card offers in about 18 months.
ValPak coupon packs can be stopped by going to their website and opting-out.
Retail Me Not, formerly Red Plum, sends out a lot of sale ads, but you can quickly opt-out by going to their website.
Keep in mind: After doing these opt outs it still may take up to 5 weeks before you start noticing a reduction in your junk mail. My advice is to do it now so you can reap the benefits in the long run.
Call the companies you do business with.
You’ve opted out but then you purchased something online or signed up for a loyalty card. You are now on that company’s mailing list. Chances are you will receive a catalog or sales ad in the near future. The most simple way to deal with this kind of solicitation is to pick up the phone and call the number on the back of the catalog. Can’t find the phone number? Go to the company’s website and scroll to the bottom of the home page. That’s usually where you’ll find the customer service number.
Most company’s have a painless protocol in place when consumers call to be removed from mailing lists. When I’ve called companies, in the past, I was never put on hold and was on the phone for no longer than 5 minutes.
Simply throw out anything that slips through the cracks.
Even if you opt-out and call companies directly you may still have a few pieces of junk mail slip through the cracks. Don’t overthink it or get frustrated. Just walk over to the recycle bin and toss it it. Problem solved. It only takes 60 seconds everyday to deal with daily mail. Then, the pesky junk mail that slips through the cracks won’t even touch your inbox or countertops.
We are all in charge of our own clutter, including junk mail. If you’re like me, and don’t love all that unnecessary paper clutter piling up on your countertops there are things that can be done to control it.