I always laugh when I see articles and blog posts about dealing with your mail; buying special mail sorters, have a recycling bin near the door... bla bla bla... The real solution as with most things in life is to simplify. The less mail you have, the less time you have to spend dealing with it.
Collect your junk mail for about a week to see where your mail is coming from so you can stop it for good:
- Stop pre-approved credit card offers at OptOutPreScreen.com. BUT this doesn't stop offers from banks you have accounts with, you need to call them directly
- For unwanted catalogs, all the info you need is usually on the back page; customer service phone number, account number (if you have one) and/or source code. After calling, you can also go to CatalogChoice.org to further stop them
- Switch to paperless billing for all your accounts; credit cards, banks, electric, gas, phone...
- Stop most other junk mail at DMAchoice.org