The Mail

When I got back from California, after being gone over six weeks, I had a mountain of mail awaiting. It loomed. It lingered. It leered.  I shuttered. I sighed. I sagged under its weight.

The first pass through was separating “the junk” from the stuff I had to open.  The second pass through separated the opened mail into what needed to be filed and what needed to be paid or phoned.

The junk was the biggest pile. It went straight to the recycle bag.

Now the US Postal Service is doing a campaign to have people use the mail for statements and ads because “the mail doesn’t crash or get deleted.” I think putting unopened mail directly into the recycle bag is just the same as hitting the “delete” button- but whatever.

Give up, Postal Service. We need less paper waste, not more. Give up junk mail. Does it really pay off to send me car insurance and phone service ads through the mail?

I will say, however, that I am holding out for paper in one area. I am paying extra to have my investment statements mailed to me. I know. I know. I could have them sent electronically and saved in a folder on my computer. It’s just that at the end of the year, I like to sort through those statements, organize them, staple them together and highlight the. It seems to stick in my mind better that way then when I browse on my computer. Once I file something on my computer, I tend not to look at it again except in emergencies.

There is a way to stop unwanted mail in the way there is a national service for “Do Not Call.”   It is Catalog Choice:

I have registered on Catalog Choice and it did cut down on the catalogs I got. I need to go on line and list all the other stuff (credit card offers, donation requests, insurance sales) I get. It used to be free and just for catalogs. Now it is $20 a year and for any unwanted mail. Just laziness I guess.

That’s what happens when you go to California.