We’ve talked in the past about ‘The bane of paper clutter’ and how to deal with it effectively as it arrives. Today we’d like to expand on this and talk about how you can stop it coming through the door in the first place!
It’s surprising how much mail many of us still get in the modern digital world, but there’s an easy solution to that. Below are some of our simple tips to follow to reduce the amount of paperwork you will have to deal with going forward:
The Mailing Preference Service (MPS) is a free service set up and funded by the direct mail industry to enable consumers to have their names and addresses removed from lists used by the industry. Register here to ensure you no longer receive any unwanted junk mail.
#Toptip – Don’t forget to register everyone in the household (with their permission of course) and any previous residents.
- The MPS will cover most unwanted mailings but what they can’t help with is companies that you’ve had dealings with in the past where you may not have ticked the ‘opt-out’ marketing boxes. It may take a little time initially but as each new mailing comes through the door, call or email the company in question requesting that they remove you from their mailing lists.
#Toptip – You will also need to do this for any mailings addressed to “The Occupier”, “The Homeowner” etc. as MPS cannot assist with these.
- Make sure you check any paperwork/online forms thoroughly for the ‘opt-out’ options to ensure you are not contacted by future companies that you deal with.
#Toptip – Be sure to read the ‘Opt-Out’ correctly as some companies ask you to tick to unsubscribe where others ask you to tick if you would like to receive marketing!
Letterbox/plate signs –
It can be a little harder to stop the general junk mail such as free newspapers, takeaway leaflets, etc. but you can buy a sticker at very little cost that can be applied to your letterbox should you find these items are a particular nuisance in your local area!
Online statements/notifications –
If you are comfortable with getting your statements, notifications, etc. online then most companies nowadays will offer you the option to stop paper statements altogether. If you need any help with organising your digital records we can help with that too!
We hope you found this article useful, happy paper decluttering from the team at The Clutter Fairy