I’ve been slowly moving towards a minimalist lifestyle. One of the things I’ve recently undertaken is to eliminate all mail that comes into my mailbox, with the only exceptions being my mortgage statements and my subscription to BC Business magazine. I don’t have time to wade through all that other crap!
Here’s a brief rundown of what I did for anyone who values their time and focus:
- I told Canada Post to stop delivering unaddressed bulk mail (a.k.a. junk mail). I simply put a note in my mailbox and the next day the Canada Post person had stuck a small red sticker inside. No more junk mail! See the Red Dot Campaign website for more details.
- I moved all my bills to ePost so they get delivered electronically. I also took the opportunity to sign up with all my utility companies and set up automated bill payments. I no longer have to worry about forgetting to pay a bill.
- I set my banking preferences to “electronic delivery.” Unfortunately RBC hasn’t sorted out how to deliver my RRSP and TFSA updates electronically yet so I’m stuck with quarterly reports being mailed to me. Not the end of the world and I’m sure one day they’ll have that ironed out.
- Steps 1, 2, & 3 took care of most of the mail coming in. There were still a few companies that were sending me stuff: Sears catalog, the BCAA magazine, and the occasional marketing piece addressed to “occupant” or “home owner.” For these items I’ve had to contact the senders individually to get myself off their mailing list. I usually tell them I’m doing this to “minimize my environmental impact”, which is true although I’m mostly doing it because I don’t want to have my time wasted.
Most days I don’t have anything in my mailbox, which I love. I’m still working through the occasional marketing piece from step 4, but I should have those all taken care of by the time the new year rolls in. It means one less thing I have to deal with every day.