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Your first line of defense against the assault of mail should be near the door you come in with your daily stack. Here's where to place letters along with coats, keys, and such. There's room here for a couple of day's accumulation before the pile gets moved to a final sorting station.
If it worked for Benjamin Franklin, why won't it work for you? There's elegance in the ease of using slots or cubbies for sorting. It's a classic solution that's brilliant in its effective simplicity. Mail sorters can be purchased at many office supply stores and online at such Web sites as Amazon.com and Buy.com.
Sick of all those bills? Toss them into a nicely designed waste basket as you enter your home. There's room enough in the basket to avoid those urgent envelopes for a few more days.
What's the best device ever invented for holding mail? A mailbox. Use them to create a sorting center in your home. Find four small mailboxes with shapes that you like, paint them in various complementary colors, and mount as a pleasing wall display. You get instant sorting with one box for bills, one for more welcome mail, one for junk mail, and one for publications.
Yes, these were originally used to collect snapshots, stuffed animals, old letters, and such in one convenient spot. But put a picture of each household member on a basket and you've got a mail-sorting center where you toss in envelopes like post office workers do in the bins they use.
Postal inspectors everywhere would love to have this solution. This built-in cabinetry includes space for sorting, stashing, and trashing mail. There's also room for mail supplies to handle letters that are going out.
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