Some people feel that they need to shred everything that has their address on it, which means junk mail piles grow and grow until they find time to sit with the shredder. In other cases, you may see something in a catalog that interests you and you set aside the catalog for later, only you end up receiving a new catalog every week from the same company.
Fifteen minutes might not be enough time to tackle the junk mail. If it is scattered in multiple locations throughout your home, start gathering it into one place. Sort through it while watching television – run addresses and credit card offers through the shredder when the commercials come on. Even the most imposing pile of junk mail can be eliminated with some determination (and a movie or two).
Register with the National Do Not Mail List to eliminate incoming mail. However, I found even that didn’t get rid of all the junk mail, so I recently subscribed to the app PaperKarma. I balked at paying a fee to get rid of junk mail, but, then I realized I’d feel better if the stuff never entered my home.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.