Consider this a public service announcement of sorts. This is not-at-all related to photography, but it touches on one of my larger pain-points in managing my busy household, and that is…the paperwork clutter! The mail gets scooped out of the box by my loving husband, then carefully deposited at my place setting on our kitchen table. Believe me, I’ve often thought, ‘Huh, can’t he see that half of that is junk mail?’
The joyful task of sorting, tossing, & shredding unwanted/unsolicited mail lands squarely on my plate. The thing that grates on my nerves the most is the fact that I have to PAY to have this unsolicited mail disposed of. Or, in the case of credit card offers, I have to burn or shred the mail myself, piece-by-piece (and I get about 2 offers a day). And what a waste of our natural resources!!!
If you’re like me and would like to put the kibosh on a good chunk of the junk mail you receive, here are a few resources to help:
The big one…Credit card offers
I see unsolicited credit card offers as a direct threat to my family’s financial privacy, therefor I shred or burn every envelope I receive. Go to Optoutprescreen.com where you’ll see a few options.
1. The first thing you’ll want to do is click the “CLICK HERE TO OPT-IN OR OPT-OUT” button.
2. Then select the “Electronic Opt-Out for 5 Years” option. Complete & submit the form.
3. After you’ve submitted your info, ‘close that session’ and go back to the main page so you can select the “CLICK HERE TO OPT-IN OR OPT-OUT” button once again.
4. This time, select the “Permanent Opt-Out By Mail” option, and complete & submit the form. THEN, PRINT that form (you’ll see a small hyperlink for this purpose). Once printed, sign and date, etc, and mail to the address provided.
Unsubscribing from unwanted direct mail
I found this website to be very user-friendly. The options provided give you the chance to opt-in or opt-out of unsolicited promotional mailings from Data & Marketing Association registered marketers. The name of the website is DMAChoice.org. Follow the directions to register and create your own account. For example, you’ll have the option of stopping ALL mail or selectively choosing which companies you’d like to keep hearing from. This includes catalogs, magazine offers, and other mail offers.
Unsubscribing from unwanted catalogs
The quickest and most accurate option is to contact the company directly to request to be taken off future mailing lists. But I recently discovered this website, Catalogchoice.org, where you can selectively unsubscribe from the catalogs you receive. The company’s mission is to help preserve our natural resources, amen! What I liked about this service, besides the fact that it’s free, is that is goes by ‘address’ not name. As an aside, I didn’t see Victoria’s Secret listed as an option to unsubscribe from, which was surprising to me.
Time-wise, this took me about 30 minutes (for all 4 members of my household), hitting all 3 websites mentioned above.
Anyway, I hope this small list helps you in some way! Please feel free to share – and comment below on anything I may have missed!