Organizing mail


I get so much mail at my office. What is the best way to sort through it and not have piles of mail overtaking my desk all of the time?

Leslie, Cardiff


As you receive mail, sort and toss immediately. Throw out every letter, flier or advertisement that you know is junk right away. Don’t let it touch your desk. Remove the outer envelopes from the important mail and put the letters in a designated waiting area on your desk. If you get numerous publications that you must read, flip through these quickly as they arrive and tear out the important articles. Put these loose articles in a basket or bag with a handle. When you take a lunch break or go home, your reading is ready to go with you and removed from your desk permanently. A few minutes each day will save you many hours of frustration each month.

Kathi is a professional organizer, image consultant and event planner based in San Diego California.

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