29 Facts About Paper Consumption That’ll Make Your Hair Stand on End
In my almost 10 years of Professional Organizing, paper clutter has been the number one complaint when it comes to disorganization. How long do I need to keep it? Where did all this junk mail come from? Why oh why do I have so much paper?
Here are a few reasons you may find yourself overwhelmed by paper.
- you ordered something from a catalog or online once, and now you are on a catalog list
- you have a credit card
- you thought you should print out that article, email or recipe to read later or so you don’t forget what website it was on
- you donated to a cause once and now everyone in the world sends you donation requests
- you kept every piece of artwork and schoolwork your child created between the ages of 3 and 8
- you have investments
- you have bills
- you have a bank account
There is help available for that pesky junk mail you receive in your home. The Office of Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division created this great little pdf that has some awesome tips.
Here is a small list of places and apps that will help you to stop unwanted mail.
- https://www.catalogchoice.org (I have used this company and they are great)
- https://www.paperkarma.com (this is an app that works on both Apple and Android devices)
Getting tons of prescreened offers of credit and insurance? You have two choices: You can opt out of receiving them for five years or opt out of receiving them permanently.
- To opt out for five years: Call toll-free 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or visit www.optoutprescreen.com.
- To opt out forever, visit www.optoutprescreen.com.
As far as printing things out you find on the internet to read later, you really don’t need to anymore. Check these out.
As for those 29 facts about paper consumption, go here. It is an eye opening article all about paper. Thank you, Brandon for such an informative article.
Last but not least, there is no way we can get around having paper. The paper you don’t need or use, please, don’t just throw it in the trash.