Mail: the light of my life and the bane of my existence. I adore receiving homemade cards, invitations, pretty catalogues, and paychecks, but I hate the explosion of to-be-dealt-with bills and confounding paperwork. Here are 6 ways to keep your checks in check...
1. DIY Room Decor: How To Make a Leather Mail Organizer
In an ideal world, each member of our household would have a dedicated spot for incoming, outgoing, and in-process mail, and these leather pouches would be really cool. My only concern would be that smaller cards would get lost/forgotten, so perhaps I need to make clear vinyl pouches— still just as cool-looking, right?
2. Mailbox from Cathy & Tony's Calm, Creative English Home
Bring the mailbox indoors— or, more importantly, keep the mail in a cage. Mail has a terrible habit of conquering every available horizontal surface, so it is crucial that it be contained. This one is cute and all, but perhaps barbed wire would help?
3. Entryway from Isobel's Inspiring Apartment + Work Space
Better yet, create indoor mailboxes for both incoming and outgoing mail. These baskets are large enough to handle catalogues, magazines, and packages, while maintaining a nice, neat appearance. And you can't help but notice already-watched Netflix discs when you grab your bag and keys.
4. Entryway Organizer How-To by Martha Stewart
This DIY mail holder won't handle packages, but it's great for keeping information and (flat) mail organized. You could pin up a list of key addresses, a calendar of when bills are due, invitations that require an RSVP, and even a book of stamps.
5. Family Check-In Station by Oh Joy!
Give each family member a command center so all mail is separate, yet together. A magnetic board holds incoming and outgoing mail, along with all of the ephemera of everyday life. Mail can be doled out the instant it's brought into the house, and if a member of the family is heading to the mailbox or post office, they can grab everyone's readied mail and packages.
6. Plexiglass-and-Pegboard Organizer by Martha Stewart
Keep mailing supplies at the ready- stamps, labels, tape, scissors, even all-purpose note cards and envelopes, like the blank sets from the $1 Spot at Target. With this DIY, you can create the perfect amount/sizes of containers for your correspondence needs.
How do you keep your mail situation from becoming that scene in the first Harry Potter movie?