The best way to understand where you need to go is to know where you’re starting out.
The first step in getting rid of your junk mail is to save it. Save it?? Yes! In order to ensure you are getting rid of everything, you must know what you are getting. Most of the steps involved in the elimination process will automatically remove your name from the lists your name is on, however, you may be getting mail that needs special or specific handling.
For the next 8 weeks put all of your junk mail in a basket, bag, box or any other collection device. At the end of the second week and every week thereafter, sort this mail into these categories:
- Credit offers
- Coupon mailers/magazines
- Privacy notices*
Once sorted into categories, put all the same senders together. For example, in your coupon mailers you will have multiple envelopes from ValPak or Money Mailer. Put all of the ValPak envelopes together, all of the Money Mailer envelopes together, etc. This will ensure there aren’t variations of your address coming from the same sender.
*While privacy notices are technically not junk mail, they do hold the key on how to stop certain junk mailings. Privacy notices are sent on an annual basis to you may not receive any during this collecting period. If you have any that you’ve received previously, add them to this step.
Keeping track of your progress will keep you organized during this process. Check out the tracking sheet on the resources page. This will give you a place to track the junk mail you receive.