stephmodo: Organizing Tip #9

Organizing Tip #9

• 01 April 2008

Sort mail immediately...preferably over the trash :)

After the Husband brings in the mail with the kiddos, we plop it down on the counter next to the trash/recycling bins and start going through the monstrous pile of (mostly) junk. I shred junk mail and unwanted catalogs and toss both into the recycling bin (writing this reminds me I need to go to this website and cancel certain unwanted catalogs). Anyway, keep only the mail that is personal (yeah!), catalogs and magazines you'll actually take the time to peruse, or important stuff like bills (yuck). The key is doing this each day so you are not junking up your living space with unnecessary clutter. It only takes about 3 minutes so it is certainly manageable.

Photo via Grooveshark


#1 Make your bed each day
#2 Clean out your closet (take out everything not worn in past 12 months)
#3 Clear off kitchen counter tops (remove anything you don't use 2x weekly)
#4 Clean out your car
#5 Unclutter your mind--start writing thoughts down right away to relieve stress
Find ways to organize in one minute or less (purse, drawer, etc.)
Place a pretty dish on dresser tops and nightstands to collect jewelry, loose change, and pocket paraphernalia.
#8 Gather up recipes and clipped magazine pages and throw them all into one accessible binder for easy meal-organizing.


  1. Great tips, I always need a reminder! Having a list like you did here on your recap is a must for me, i'm printing it out for future reference :) Thanks for your always inspiring posts!

  2. these are great tips.. thanks. i am happy to see that i already do numbers 5, 7 and 8. hooray, now to making my bed!

  3. Apparently if you don't have a mailbox the mail is not left at your door. We took out our funky storm door (that had a mail slot in it) now we haven't seen mail for a week! (ghetto I know)

    Any ideas on where to get a cool mailbox that won't break the bank? HomeDepot's mailboxes are boring, and Silver Star Harware's are pushing $120!

  4. Yay! This is one of the few tips that I actually already do. ;)


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