Tuesday, February 16, 2010

28 Days To Living Organized - Day 16 - De-Clutter Day

28 days to Living Organized

De-Clutter Day

On our last de-clutter day we cleared a space.  Today we're going to stop the bleeding.

I mean let's keep the clutter from coming in the door - both your physical door and your electronic door.

Follow these simple steps:
1. Opt out of pre-approved credit card offers.  This is the official site.  Yes, you do have to put in your social security number.  This is legitimate.  This will eliminate most "You're Pre-approved!" offers from your mailbox.  The exception is that your current creditors can still send you things.

2. Stop the phone calls.  This doesn't make physical clutter in your life but it sure is annoying and can suck your time.  The National Do Not Call Registry will block those annoying telemarketers.  Know that some groups, like charitable organizations, are excempt.

3. Cancel your catalogs.  You ordered something from "Cute-Stuff-That-You-Probably-Don't-Need-Anyway Corporation" three years ago and you still get their catalogs.  Next time one arrives, call and ask to be removed from their mailing list.  They should be accomodating since they don't want to spend money on postage to someone who isn't going buy anything.

4. Eliminate the "fluff" mail.  I'm talking about e-mail here.  Specifically e-mail that you have no use for.  Not real junk mail - there are spam filters for that.  I mean newsletters you subscribed to but never read, sale "flyers" from companies you ordered from years ago.  All of them should have an "opt-out" or "unsubscribe" option at the bottom of the email.  Use it
A word of warning... don't select "unsubscribe" on an e-mail from an unfamiliar source.  Those can lead you to unsavory websites.  And if you are not sure if the link is okay, you can find out what it really is.  Just because it says doesn't mean it isn't sending you to horrible-site-that-will-give-you-a-virus.come
To check, hover over the link with your mouse.  It will very likely give you a pop-up with the actual link.  If it says instead of then it's probably a scam.

It's a lot easier to manage what's really important when you don't have to sort through the things you don't need.

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