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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2007 2:55 pm | Updated: 7:26 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Is your kitchen counter beginning to look like the inside of your mailbox? Is Sunday your favorite day of the week? Is your mailman beginning to resemble the devil? Then you may have a mail organization problem.

Is your kitchen counter beginning to look like the inside of your mailbox? Is Sunday your favorite day of the week? Is your mailman beginning to resemble the devil?

Then you may have a mail organization problem.

A stand-alone mail command center will work for someone who wants to throw go through the mail later. $298 at Levenger

Mail can easily go from a daily annoyance to an organizational nightmare if it’s not taken care of properly, says Megan Nordgren, a professional organizer for PuTogether in Chandler.

“It’s a daily problem,” she says. “No matter how hard you try and become paperless, you can’t do it.”

To keep your mail from controlling you, set a place in your home where you can put your mail every day.

Several mail organizers are great for this, but it’s important to find a method that suits you.

“Set up a system,” says Nordgren. “Either put it in a box, to go through it weekly, or sort through it every day. The best system is one that fits you and your personality type.”

Tips for handling incoming mail

Shred it: Sort mail daily as soon as you take it out of the mailbox. Toss or shred the junk mail immediately so that it doesn’t pile up.

Stop it: Cancel subscriptions to magazines you no longer read. If you still read the magazines, throw out issues that are older than six months.

Mail center: Have a basket or organizer so that mail isn’t strewn all over the house. Make a weekly appointment to sort it and separate into bills, correspondence and junk.

Divide and conquer: If you have multiple family members, divide your organizer into sections for each person. Toss out the junk.

At the source: Reduce your junk mail by taking your name off mailing lists. The Direct Marketing Association offers this service. For information: dmaconsumers.org/offmailinglist.html.

Source: Megan Nordgren, professional organizer for PuTogether in Chandler

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