The Ultimate Secrets for Reducing Junk Mail

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Junk mail takes up time and space. This is your valuable time and space. But you can get it back by unsubscribing using these secrets. Here are some resources you can use to eliminate most of the mail that comes to you box.

Aim to reduce your junk mail load by 50% this year. Set up a free account with to be removed from direct marketing mailing lists.  It can take up to 90 days for the flow to stop since many mailings are already in print or production.But you will see reduced mailbox clutter within a few weeks’ time!

If you want to eliminate new credit card offers, visit You will have the opportunity to choose either a five-year removal or a permanent removal.

For unwanted phone books and catalogs, go online to opt out of Dex. This is a way to opt out when you receive a catalog in the mail that you don’t want.

If you contribute once a year to a charitable organization, call an ask them to send you only one donation request per year. The American Institute on Philanthropy offers several tips on reducing junk mail from charities.

These efforts take a little time but will reap the rewards of less mail in your mailbox, which means less paper (trees) used unnecessarily. In the long run you’ll save time sorting through all this unwanted mail. You will never waste space on your kitchen counter or desk surface again.

Check out these additional posts regarding junk mail!

11 Tips to Eliminate Your Overwhelming Email

Opening Envelopes is the Key to Mail Management

Processing Your (e)Mail

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. LISA GESSERT on July 27, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Janet thank you so much for this! My biggest clients are paper clients and this hits the nail on the head to begin to get a handle on flow of mail!! Great information!!
    Lisa Gessert

    • Janet Schiesl on July 27, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks Lisa. Paper is an issue for so many.

  2. Seana Turner on July 27, 2020 at 9:03 am

    I totally need to get onto that tip about asking charities to only send me one request a year. It feels so wasteful to get all this paper, which I know they spend money to print and send, when I will make my contribution at the end of the year. This is a wonderful tip!!

    • Janet Schiesl on July 27, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      Seana, I had great success with this for one client. It saved her a lot of money, when we focused on donating once a year.

  3. Diane N. Quintana on July 27, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Terrific information, Janet.

  4. Linda Samuels on July 27, 2020 at 11:24 am

    All great tips and resources, Janet! Thank you. I’m happy to say that I have less junk mail (or any paper mail) these days. But I’m going to make a note of the groups you mentioned because they will be useful for clients and perhaps I can reduce the junk in our household even more.

  5. Sabrina Quairoli on July 27, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Great tips and sharing resources, Janet! Thanks! I will have to check out the charitable organization tip!

  6. Lucy Kelly on July 27, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks for these resources, Janet. Mail is the bane of most of my clients’ lives, especially those endless requests for donations. Great strategy for taming those!

  7. Melanie on July 27, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    GREAT professional advice! I’m working with more and more clients who could greatly benefit from these suggestions. Thanks for sharing!!!!!

    • Janet Schiesl on July 27, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      Like you, I see a lot of people who struggle with too much paper.

  8. Amy on July 29, 2020 at 9:33 am

    I didn’t know about DMA. I will add that one to my list!

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