{Decluttering} Mt Junk Mail

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

{From the Archives}

Task 28 – Throw away all junk mail

Majority of mail we recieve is junk mail.  It is easy to accumulate a mountain of it especially in your busy zones such as the kitchen bench, dining table or the office desk, which makes these area’s look untidy.

Take control of your junk mail! 

Use one of these examples to rid of your Mt Junk Mail:

  1. As soon as you collect the mail from the mail box, look through your junk mail, it will only take a few minutes then when finished throw  it directly into your recycle bin, you don’t need to keep it.  However if you have the desire to keep a catalogue put it in a designated place and don’t forget to throw it out when the sale is over.
  2. Leave today’s pile next to the stove top so you can look through them while waiting for dinner to cook.  Place in recycle bin as soon as you have finished.
  3. Read through them during an ad break of a TV show.  Place in recycle bin as soon as you have finished.

I keep a recycle bin in the bottom of the pantry and it get’s emptied each day or so.  The only catalogue I keep is from woolworths, it’s kept in my intray on my office desk.  The catalogue helps me to see which groceries are on special to write on my shopping list each Sunday night.


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Natalie September 29, 2011 - 10:55 PM

I do this! I keep the catalogue I want clipped up with my shopping list, and recycle when the new one comes.

I have started taking photos of things in other catalogues and storing on my phone, so I can see what I wanted, but don’t need to keep the paper.

Kim Jarrold on Facebook September 30, 2011 - 5:45 AM

I have a box in the house for recycling when I have finished reading the catalogues they get thrown in the blue box. Once the box is filled or it is the day before recycling is collected I will or get one of the kids to empty the box into the recycling bin.

Michelle K September 30, 2011 - 7:06 AM

It’s amazing how much junk mail is delivered weekly. Not looking forward to the Christmas deliveries. I try to look through it all and recycle what I’m not interested in straight away. We empty our recycling bucket into the recycling bin every second day.

Leanne Springer on Facebook September 30, 2011 - 7:40 AM

I definitely needed this decluttering task – my mail has gotten out of control 🙂

Harriet September 30, 2011 - 9:45 AM

I bring the junk mail in (along with the actual mail) and stand at my bench in the kitchen and sort into three piles each night:

Bin – envelopes, unwanted catalogues, by-mail junk etc
Action – Bills to be paid, items of interest, the school newsletter
File – Items to be kept eg receipts

Bin goes straight into the recycling as soon as I’m done; action goes into the Action File and file goes into the filing file. Once a week, I sit down with the Action file and the File file and well, action then file.

I don’t keep catalogues at all. I will rip what I am interested in and chuck the rest.

Anna La Rosa Brown on Facebook September 30, 2011 - 9:56 AM

I did this, this morning too.

Becci Sundberg September 30, 2011 - 9:56 AM

I’m pretty good with junk mail. Sometimes it doesn’t even make it inside. I’ll check through the pile sting I’ll put it straight into the recycling.
Other times I’ll sort through it all while reading the rest of the mail. All the unwanted stuff goes in one pile (catalogues, envelopes etc), catalogues that I want to read go into my inbox tray, and the bills etc go into another inbox tray. I put the recycling out straight away so it doesn’t clutter up my bench.

Alyce September 30, 2011 - 3:56 PM

I sort out what I want to read and throw away the rest then. Then once they’re read, they go out too.

Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots September 30, 2011 - 5:57 PM

These are great tips! My problem is mainly if I’ve kept a catalogue because I want something from it to remember to throw it out when the sale is done

Becci Sundberg October 2, 2011 - 2:05 PM

Kate We go though our inbox area at least once a week. I can then get rid of catalogues that I have kept and no longer need then, rather than having to remember when the sales finished

Adalita October 2, 2011 - 4:54 PM

I photograph the bits from the catalogue and then throw it out. I sit down of an afternoon while having a coffee and sort through them and the mail. Once a week I transfer letters and bills from the Kikki-K A4 archive box to my folder. We have one for each of our taxes and one folder for invoices for the house and another for ideas & stuff. I’m looking forward to having a dedicated space for them all in my house soon. Currently mine sit on top of my Pc an my partners is on the TV/Stereo speaker. Being in a small granny flat we have lots of clutterin such a small space. I can’t wait to have a finished and organised house. Only a month until we move back in but a while until we are all finished.

Bec October 3, 2011 - 9:07 PM

The only junk mail that comes into my house is the Ikea and Howards Storage World catalogues, which live on my desk with post-its marking the things I want. For every other catalogue I use lasoo.com.au, if I have any interest I may write down items I want with store and sale ending date on a post-it which I put in my wallet and throw once I purchase the item or the sale ends.

D-Nicholson July 12, 2013 - 11:41 AM

This is a great post however I noticed you shop from Woolworths. From what I understand, they don’t support humane farming, etc. might be something you’d like to look into. Thanks for all you post. I love them!

K-Lee July 12, 2013 - 12:29 PM

My 3yo daughter has discovered a love of cutting and gluing using her special scissors. So rather than have her cut up my nice magazines or buying craft paper I keep all the junk mail in a cloth shopping bag with her craft things so she can cut them up to her hearts content. She loves making collages of the different types of items, building room pictures from the house and home store catalogues, making outfits from clothes cut out from the fashion store catalogues. Keeps her happy and saves Mummy some money 🙂

Christen July 14, 2013 - 10:07 AM

Awesome idea. The only thing is, you can’t recycle shiny paper. Most of the junk mail is printed on this and it can’t be recycled into anything else. I am a primary school teacher and recently went on a school trip to a recycling plant in East Melbourne where they taught us that. Bummer.. Great for giving to your child’s teacher though when they do a unit on money though! 🙂


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