How do you organize mail?

When it comes to being super organized, my life tends to be cyclical.  I will go through months when I am on top of it, and then times where I let things go a bit.

Mail is hard.  If I make one little pile and leave it overnight, it calls all of its friends and has a big party, and I am left with the mess.  (or so it seems)  Since we are adding on a room to our kitchen, I have really been thinking a lot about what I can do to create a space for mail.   I’ve been searching for ideas, and I thought I would share them with you!

Buckets seem to be a popular idea, and truth be told, I like that you can just throw it in there willy-nilly.  (yes, I googled how to spell that correctly – the hyphen surprised me.)

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The mailbox is cute, though I would be a bit afraid things would get lost in there.  But it is a good way to hide it.

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I love easy-to-do, practical ideas like this.  Create your mail sorting system on the back of a cabinet door!

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Basket sorting is similar to the bucket idea, I suppose, but my problem with this is it would not look very pretty on a counter.  Maybe if I had a cabinet or some kind of desk space I could close off?  Hmmmm…

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Built-in sorting of some sort would be fab!!

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Yet another practical and easy idea – file folders!

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Or stackable trays?

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i heart organizing

A pretty hanging basket would be spot-on for bulky magazines which we get by the DROVES!

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These are just desktop organizers attached to a wall!

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And of course, I love finding new uses for bulldog clips.

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This is a darling idea, and I could totally see how this would work great if I had plenty of well-planned categories.  Tutorial here.

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I actually own Pottery Barn’s Daily System in white, which is pictured here, and it works pretty well.  (especially when you have it hung up on a wall, which I don’t right now)  My only complaint is I feel mail falls into the abyss in those slots.

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And last, but not least, I thought this could be a terrific plan for kids when they come home from preschool, or school, or church, or whatever, and they have a handful of work.  What if you taught them to walk in and put the work in their specific bag, and you could look at it as time allotted?  That way, you wouldn’t have a huge pile on your kitchen counter just waiting to be left overnight to have a party.  Yes?

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What are your tips for organizing mail?  and keeping it organized?  Any ideas for me?

Written by Grace

 

 

10 Responses to “How do you organize mail?”

  1. The Glam Pad March 5, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    This is a great post! Mail is such a tricky thing to keep up with, keep organized AND look good all at the same time! Thank you for sharing these excellent posts! They are most helpful!

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      Hi Glam Pad, tell me about it! Mail is my frenemy. ;) So happy my little blog is helpful for you! That makes my day! Thanks so much for reading and for your comment. G

  2. Susan March 5, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    This is great! I especially love the hanging baskets and the bags. Cute…and practical!

    Susan
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    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      Hi Susan! I know, I’m really loving the basket idea, too. So easy to do and still cute, perf! Thank you for commenting! G

  3. Debbie March 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    This is a really great post because it captures so many different ideas! Personally speaking, I was excited to see the basket idea, because that is what I currently utilize. I have three baskets; one for incoming, one for filing, and one for shredding. Before dropping any mail into the incoming bin, I quickly extract junk mail or garbage and put it in the recycling bin (technically, my fourth basket, lol). I schedule one day per week to review the contents of each basket, and it works fairly well.

    I’m a newer follower to your blog and I’m really enjoying it. Thanks again for the great post!
    Debbie

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

      Hi Debbie, I’m so happy you found me and introduced yourself! I was just thinking earlier that the basket idea would work for me if I was diligent about keeping it cleaned out. Scheduling a day per week is GENIUS! and simple too right? Thank you so much for taking the time to share your tips, how helpful! G

  4. Alex March 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Love this post as everyone can relate to it! I too have “postage parties” on my countertop on a regular basis and have yet to get a good system. I think my friend came up with the best solution….she turned a small closet by her back door, near her kitchen, into a little mail desk area. The key, as she says, was that she kept the door on the closet…and closes it often to hide the mess!

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

      Alex, HA! Yes, postage parties. I tell ya, they take over! That is EXACTLY what I need, a mail CLOSET!! even a cabinet would work! And for me, I think a door is key. :) Thanks so much for your comment, G

  5. Meredith March 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    This is a timely post as we have just completed an addition and moved into a new house, so I’m struggling with the best way to keep on top of this. Thanks!

    • Grace March 8, 2013 at 8:10 am #

      Hi Meredith, oh great! Congrats on the addition/new house, now the fun begins, right? ;) The mail is a battle, but I hope one of these ideas will work great in your new space! Thank you so much for reading and commenting! G