I am getting really tired of companies that feel free to waste my time. Phone calls, particularly recorded calls, are the most annoying. But even junk mail is getting on my nerves more and more these days. And I think I’ve come up with a solution for that problem.
Can’t really do much about the calls because, even with my name on the ‘Do Not Call’ list, too many of them still come through. All I can do is hang up after I’ve run from the kitchen to my office…because I usually forget and leave the phone in there. It’s moments like that when I miss the old fashioned phones. You know, the kind where you could slam the receiver down. That was a whole lot more satisfying than just pushing the off button as hard as you can with your thumb.
But the junk mail? This is a stroke of genius, even if I do say so myself. The best thing about it is, we can all do it. Yup. And it will benefit us all in a few ways. One, we can work out some frustration. Two, we can have a lot of fun. And three, we’ll stop filling our waste baskets with letters and offers we never wanted in the first place.
Okay, so this is how it will work…
Designate a small space in your house for every piece of junk mail delivered to your box. Every piece. When you have a good sized stack, on a day when you have a little time to kill, open all of the envelopes (but don’t touch the flyers, ads, etc… yet).
Many packets of junk mail come with a postage paid envelope stuffed inside. This is your first mission. Take out every one of those envelopes and stack them directly in front of you.
Now, as an example, start with the envelope for the credit card company…and stuff it with the garbage that was inside the envelope for the furniture store. Make sure you fold the edge of the envelope that the furniture ads were mailed in so it will fit nicely in the postage paid one from the credit card company, and jam that in there, too.
Continue to do the same thing with all of the postage paid envelopes, filling them with the ads and letters from other companies. When you’re finished, fold everything else that’s left in the stack and divide it all amongst the envelopes you’ve already filled.
Finally, seal all of them and place the stack wherever you put your outgoing mail, sit back, relax…and grin. Because in a week or so all of those companies that sent you mail you didn’t want is going to be receiving your version of junk mail.
There. Isn’t that more satisfying than just pitching all of that stuff in the trash? I don’t know about you but it gives me those same warm, fuzzy feelings that slamming an old fashioned phone down did.