January 2007 Newsletter

This month’s focus: Junk mail (and other junk)                              

Tip of the Month: Eliminating/Reducing the Catalogs

Were you overwhelmed by catalogs during the holiday season? Do you want to stop wasting all that paper, since most of this stuff can be found and ordered on line? As Jon Carroll writes, do you want to be nice to your mail carrier? Here are some ways to do that.

  • Get off the Direct Marketing Association’s list.
  • Call the toll-free number on catalogs you receive and ask to be removed from their mailing lists. (Note: If it’s a one-time mailing, don’t bother — you probably aren’t on any list. Use this for catalogs you get all the time, probably because you ordered from the company in the past.)
  • For additional junk mail reduction — beyond the catalogs — there are a few more steps to take.

While none of this is difficult, some people prefer to use a service that eliminates junk mail for them; two such services are Catalog Choice and PaperKarma.

Note: I realize this tip is only relevant to those in the USA, and this newsletter has readers in at least nine other countries. I’d love to hear if junk mail (catalogs and more) frustrates you, too — and what you can do to control it. Here are a few things I do know about:

Organizing Event of the Month

Need encouragement to make some changes and start the new year right? The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (of which I am a member) sponsors Get Organized Month every January.

Quote of the Month

Most of the books and articles on how to more efficiently organize a house really show how to hang up, hide, file, tolerate, and make decorative use of junk.
— Don Aslett, Clutter’s Last Stand

Note: This newsletter has been updated since it was originally published, primarily to include up-to-date information on junk mail elimination services.