For those of us with school-aged kids or who work in education, the new year starts about now – when our kids go back to school. You don’t need to make a resolution to make your life easier. When you opt out of prescreened mail, you stop a major source of paper clutter before permission slips, worksheets, art work, and other paper starts being sent home from school.
How to Opt Out
Next week, we’ll talk about fall decluttering, but before you begin working on getting clutter out of the house, keep more clutter from coming in. Start with mail: snail mail, email, junk mail, magazines, and catalogs.
- Cancel magazine and newspaper subscriptions you don’t actually read.
- Call the 800 number on the back of your catalogs and ask to be removed from the mailing list.
- Stop receiving prescreened credit, insurance offers. This doesn’t mean you can’t get a credit card if you want one, but you’re not risking identity theft by having a bunch of unsolicited offers with sensitive information in your mailbox
- Unsubscribe from emails (or lessen the frequency of mailings).
- Listserves and mailing lists — Set them to web only or unsubscribe altogether.
- Mailing lists from stores and services
- Blogs you don’t read
- Notifications from social networks — Do you really need an email every time a new friend joins Pinterest or tags you on Facebook?
If you want to get really serious, you can try Inbox to Zero. For a start, just opt out.
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