Open Mail Over Your Recycling Bin

Do you open your mail, look at it briefly, then put it aside to deal with later? I did before I was married, and it usually took days before I actually sorted/trashed/recycled the opened mail. Why not open your mail over your recycling bin? That way you can immediately toss anything that isn't an action item.

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Household weblog Apartment Therapy recommends adding this life hack to your routine. Once you've weeded out junk mail, waste envelopes and anything else you can put actionable items in your mail/bill area.

Do you have a routine to handle ingoing and outgoing mail? Tell us about it in the comments section.

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Comments

    And then you too, will actually realise how much waste-paper crap comes through our postal system.

    I live in an apartment complex and right next to the complex mailboxes there is always a recycling bin. You open the mailbox, pull out your stack of mail and flick the junk mail straight into the recycling bin..

    Not really a fan of this. Half of that junk mail may be rubbish, but I bet you will get a bank letter or a power company letter, and go 'meh' and ditch it.

    People are notorious for dragging through bins for info like that. It only take s a few choice bits of ID and someone has gotten an nice credit card etc with your details..

    Be careful what you think is straight 'throwaway' garbage..

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