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January is a built-in fresh start. We make resolutions about how to do it (whatever it is) differently, better, this year. If that resolutions involves organizing, I’ve got some advice for you. Actually, I have lots of advice, tips, strategies, and systems. We won’t go into all of those today. I’ll give you tips all year long, usually on Tuesdays.

But here’s where I want you to start. 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.

  1. Cancel magazine and newspaper subscriptions you don’t actually read.
  2. Opt out of prescreened credit, insurance offers, and direct mail.
  3. 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 to know every time a new friend joins Pinterest?

There’s more you could do. If you want to get really serious, you can try Inbox to Zero. For a start, just opt out.

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