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2x4: Four Smart Ways to Organize Mail

If your front hallway table is hard to find under the piles of coupons and credit card offers, try one of these easy ways to organize your mail:

Go Paperless. If your mailbox is eternally filled with bills, it might be time to go paperless. Doing this is easy – just ask your bank, cable company and other bill-giving services how to sign up for it. Once you’re signed up, say goodbye to opening bills, writing checks and paying for stamps. Bonus: Most of the time, you can set up automatic payments directly from your bank account. Win!

Use Old Shutters. This project is as simple as hang and use! You can make your own system or just stick your loose mail in the slates – either way, it will look better than a scattered pile on the table. For some shutter-spiration, check out these beautiful options. You don’t have to de-shutter your house or wait until replacement time to try this project. Scour your local thrift shops for old shutters, or even look online!

Repurpose Paint Cans. If you’ve recently painted a room or two, you probably have a couple of old paint cans lying around. Use them to organize your mail! Paint “in” or “out” on the cans or simply slap a sticky note on the front. It doesn’t matter how you label them – it only matters that you make yourself go through each can once a week. After a few weeks of this, your mail will feel a lot less overwhelming!

Eliminate Junk Mail. Every year, the average household gets nearly 800 pieces of junk mail. Don’t you wish there was an easier way to stop the never-ending stream of snail mail spam? Turns out there is, and it’s called PaperKarma. Simply snap a picture of your junk mailer, and within 24 hours they’ll unsubscribe you from the spammer’s distribution list. To learn more, check out Reduce Junk Mail in a Snap With PaperKarma.

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