Day Ten: Declutter Mail & Email Lists | 12 Days of Decluttering

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Are catalogs, credit card offers, donation requests, and junk ads cluttering your mail box? Email and newsletters tormenting your inbox? It’s time to get removed from mailing lists.

Step One 

Get off email lists 

  • Go to your inbox. Find email of companies from which you want to be removed. Scroll to the bottom of the email, click the “unsubscribe” link, and follow steps to be removed. By law, companies must include this link at the bottom of marketing email. If they do not include a link, go to the company’s website and follow procedures to unsubscribe. Contact the customer service department by phone if an easy way to unsubscribe through the website is not available.

Step Two 

junk-mailGet off paper mail lists 

  • Gather junk mail from around the house.
  • Download the Paper Karma mobile app and snap away, then recycle or shred the junk mail.
  • Don’t like to download apps? Visit Catalog Choice for information on how their program gets your name and address removed from marketing lists.
  • Respond to Privacy Act inserts in billing statements. Companies include these to inform consumers of their rights and are a great way to opt out of information sharing.
  • Select the best “Opt–out” registration method that meets your needs. Register with the Direct Marketing Association or Mail Preference Service. Registered names are placed in a “do not contact” database.
  • Enter opt-out requests for deceased family members. Use the same procedures as above to submit the request.
  • Contact major credit reporting bureaus directly to be removed from credit card offer lists.
    • TransUnion – (888) 567-8688, Name Removal Option, P.O. Box 505, Woodlyn, PA 19094
    • Equifax Options, Marketing Decision Systems,(888)567-8688; Equifax Credit Information Services Inc., P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374
    • Experian Marketing Lists – (402) 458- 5247, Experian Consumer Services, West Bond St., Lincoln, NE 68521

Step Three 

  • Be patient for the mailings to decrease. The process can take up to two months. After this time, you will notice a sizable decrease in pre-approved offers, flyers, and magazines flooding your mailbox. Unwanted email should stop immediately.
  • Prevent getting on lists in the future. When making online purchases for which you include a mailing or email address, you are often opting in to the company’s newsletters and special offer mailings. If you want to avoid this, carefully uncheck boxes that give the company permission to place you on their list.
    When you accept a credit card offer or make a donation to a cause, your name and address often gets sold sold to marketing lists, and more offers come rolling in. While opening new accounts or donating to an organization for the first time, stress to them how you do not want your information shared with marketing lists.

Follow these steps and your life will be freed from paper and email clutter.

Bella_Organizing_Best_Professional_Organizers_San_Francisco_Oakland_Berkeley_silicon_valley_montereyIsabella Guajardo, founder and owner of Bella Organizing, is a San Francisco Bay Area professional organizer offering home organizing, interior redesign, and residential move management services throughout the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. Call (510) 229-7321 or email info@bellaorganizing.com for more information. Gift certificates are available.

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