Overcoming Fear of Opening the Mail

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.

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