Since we are talking about the kitchen and paper this week, it makes sense that we discuss… the sorting MAIL.
My clients have some creative solutions for avoiding this critical task. One friend keeps all her mail IN the mailbox until she wants to deal with it.
That’s one way to keep it off your kitchen counter!
When I came home from vacation this summer, I snapped these pictures to walk you through how I deal with mail.
Step 1: Separate out the newspapers – and RECYCLE THEM.
Step 2: Sort the mail.
Here is where I stand to open the mail. EACH piece gets opened and put in one of 4 places:
TRASH – LIBERALLY!!
SHRED – Anything with our information on it.
SORT — COUPONS – Don’t decide IF you want them; just make a pile.
SORT — “BILLS” – This is ANYTHING you need to keep, act on, pay, respond to, write down…
Step 3: Shred the pile NOW.
Step 4: Go through coupons IF you have time.
Step 5: Read and ACT on your “bill” pile.
Step 5 is where I became a deer in headlights and resorted to making my post-it flags to-do list in yesterday’s post.
You have 4 more days to work on these areas and set up your kitchen office. Next week, we will look at calendars, planners and schedules!
Share your tips on how you deal with mail in the comments below!