Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Mail Sorting Made Easy & Pretty Label Printable :)

Hi Honeys,
As you know in my last post, which you can see here, I showed you a little organizational hub we've set up at the bottom of our stairs.  As promised, I thought I'd show you another of the purchases we made at Ikea and how it fits within our little home hub, serving the purpose of sorting our mail as it comes in the door. 

This latest addition to our little organizational command space is called PYSSLINGAR, you can find full details of price, sizes etc here.  As you can see I also made some pretty little labels for the pockets of this organizer and have included the printable within this post for you.

OK, so this project started with a pretty hook..... I saw it in the sale at Asda a while ago and have been looking for somewhere to use it, it's chrome and enamel and it has roses :)

yeah, I know, roses again :) What can I say, a girl loves what a girl loves :)  So onto this hook I hung the PYSSLINGAR organizer, having labelled the three pockets like this.....

The printable I used to label the pockets can be downloaded here. It's sized to print out on 4 x 6" paper or card (A6) and looks like this....

I printed it onto 4 x 6" photo paper, then laminated it, cut out the various elements, used a hole punch and attached them to the pockets using a safety pin through the inside of the pockets. If you don't have a laminator you can achieve the same effect by using broad clear sticky tape and it could be printed onto card rather than photo paper, it's entirely up to you honeys :)

The plan is to use the pockets as follows; into the "to action" pocket we'll put anything that needs a reply, or bills needing paid etc.  In the "To file" pocket goes anything that needs to find its way to our filing system, bank statements for instance.  The last pocket will hold anything that for security reasons needs to be shredded before being disposed of.  In the case of unsolicited (junk) mail which is addressed to us, we will tear off the identifying (addressed) parts & place them into this pocket and the rest of the document (after making sure no identifying information has been missed) can be popped straight into the nearby recycle bin.

You'll have noticed the printable has two additional elements, a recycle label (which is going to be attached to another Ikea purchase which is to be used as the aforementioned recycle bin, but more of that in another post) and one titled appointments which I attached to our corkboard......

So, I'd love to hear your thoughts honeys.  How do you stop the piles of incoming mail gathering on surfaces?  Do you sort straight away? This is still an experiment for us and I'm hoping it works, it would be wonderful to stay on top of what feels like the mountains of stuff our postie delivers.

Is it just us or do mailmen deliver an awful lot of leaflets & other things that, in our case anyway, just go straight into the recycle bin? It's such a waste of resources and we've already joined the postal preference scheme, intended to prevent companies sending unsolicited mail. It does get infuriating at times.  Have you found a way to deal with excess mail? If so I'd love to hear about it.  Do leave a comment in the comments section below. 

Till next time honeys, sending heaps of hugs xx

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