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The Makeover Issue: Junk Mail

Consumer tips on conquering Mail Mountain

How to simplify your life in letters.

SORT IT

Keep a recycling bin or shredder as close as possible to where the mail arrives, says Brookline’s Heidi Solomon, owner of P.O.S.H./Professional Organizing Services by Heidi (posh-boston.com, 857-204-6240). Immediately dispatch the 50 percent or so that’s junk.

OPEN IT

“It’s really easy to ignore an unopened piece of mail,” Solomon says, so open all your keepers, but toss any filler, like marketing materials and return envelopes if you pay online.

JOIN IT

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Get on do-not-mail lists at websites run by Direct Marketing Association (dmachoice.org) and the consumer credit reporting industry (optoutprescreen.com). The latter is particularly important, Solomon says, because it’s focused on things like credit card offers — “that’s where people steal identities.”   

  

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