Every so often, I’m surprised to find a physical phone book dropped next to my mail box. These are local books, and for a while, I kept them, replacing volumes each year as they were updated.
I felt organized by getting rid of the old books, but I didn’t need the new phone books. I look up phone numbers and addresses online.
Unless you’ve found yourself looking up a number in one of these phone books in the past three months, recycle them. And when new ones arrive, treat them like junk mail.
Only if this doesn’t apply to you: If you’ve asked for you name to be removed from direct mail lists, you may still get catalogs and requests for donations from companies you’ve ordered from. Go to their website or call them and ask that you not receive catalogs and offers by mail.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.