5 Ways to Reduce JUNK Mail

Does anyone else feel like it’s a part-time job blocking robo-calls and deleting junk e-mails that you never remember signing up for? So many of you want solutions for dealing with paper clutter, and your wish is my command!

Let’s start with actual junk, or paper no one ever wants for any reason, ever. There will always be papers we have to deal with, but let’s rid our lives of papers we don’t really have to put up with! I’m talking snail mail, electronic mail, robo-call voice mails…I just don’t see the value these add to my life, so I cut them out. (Ok, the Value Coupon Book may have gotten me a free queso or two in my lifetime, but it’s hardly worth the mental clutter caused by trying to sort and store this unsolicited mail.)

Now before I describe a solution, promise me you’ll do the work! It took me less than 30 minutes to research all of this and act on each of the to-dos. The result? Clearer e-mail inbox, less robo-calls, and fun-heavy mail days. Even better, I’ve eliminated one root problem in dealing with paper clutter.

Because I’m a bit of a skeptic, I wasn’t sure each of these sites were legit. So I did some research! The following information comes from the Federal Trade Commission, which is the government agency who protects consumer information. I personally used each of the following resources and believe them to be safe.

Let’s get started! If you begin with the easiest, you’ll feel motivated to continue!

Electronic Mail

This is the simplest of all.

  • Go to unroll.me and within 3 minutes you can unsubscribe to everything you don’t want in your e-mail inbox. I had been individually “unsubscribing” for over a year, but I didn’t feel like I was making progress. After learning about unroll.me, I was unsubscribed within 30 seconds. Bham!

Robo-calls & Voice Mail

Have you noticed that robo-calls now come from your home area code? I come from a rural town with just over 2,000 people, so I KNOW there’s not a call center there! Sneaky, sneaky telemarketers. But no more!

  • Call 1-888-382-1222 or visit www.donotcall.gov to get fewer telemarketing calls. I chose to call and it took less than a minute. Easy!

Snail Mail

This took a little more effort, but I truly believe it’s worth it! Not only do I not waste hundreds of papers/catalogs each year, but I also get to clear the mailbox clutter. Now when I go to the mailbox, most things in there spark joy!

  • Go to DMAchoice.org and create an account. Just a heads up- there’s a $2 fee for the service. Once in, you can easily remove yourself from all lists in just a few steps. It’s very user-friendly and simple to follow the steps!

  • Go to optoutprescreen.com and complete the form. It does request your social security number, but you have the option of skipping that part. Again, this is where I hesitated. Had I not done my research, I wouldn’t have given my SSN, but because the Federal Trade Commission even recommends this, I went on with it.

  • Go to catalogchoice.org and create an account. I left this for last because in my opinion, it’s the most difficult. You have to search catalogs by individual name to opt out, and unless you’ve been diligent about keeping/tracking the catalogs that come in the mail, you probably won’t remember every catalog you get. (Or maybe your memory is better than mine and this is no problem!)

All done? Way to go! Paper clutter=mental clutter and you’ve taken a big step in reducing that clutter. Next up is decluttering and organizing papers that we need to hold on to or deal with in some way or another, so stay tuned for the next blog post!

If this was helpful to you, comment below and let me know. Or even better, be a good friend/sister/daughter/husband/etc and share it with peeps you love! We can all use a little less clutter in our lives. :)