I usually open my mail promptly. Recently I received a notice from the IRS. I waited a while before opening it. It was nothing to worry about. But it helped me understand why some people don’t open their mail.
I help people deal with the mail. Sometimes I open it for them and let them know most of it is nothing to worry about. I organize it in categories: Junk and envelopes to the trash/recycle. Bills that need action in another pile. Things that need reading or filing like statements in a pile.
Reducing mail to three categories can keep it from becoming overwhelming: 1. Trash. 2. Action. 3. Filing. Once the Trash and Filing are done, the action pile is a lot lower.
FYI I don’t get as much mail now because many bills can be emailed and paid online. This cuts down on a lot of unnecessary paper.
If you are someone who has mail phobia, getting someone else to go through it with you can help relieve stress.