Space Treat: It Pays to Open Your Mail. Literally.


mailSeems like as far back as I can remember, a common inaction among my wonderful clients, is that they just don’t open their mail. For whatever reason (and there are many), they let it pile up on counter tops, boxes, drawers and even in shopping bags. I know some of you out there are relating.

Trust me, I really do understand how overwhelming dealing with mail is. Although it’s quite easy for me and does actually give me a great sense of accomplishment, I deeply understand how painful it can be for you and my clients so I write this with complete and genuine empathy.

The good news is, I’ve never met a client who didn’t feel complete and euphoric relief after we finally plowed them out of a shopping bag or two filed with rather dated mail.

Over and over while organizing with clients I find the most amazing things buried in these mail mountains. Once I had a client who had gone through all the trouble of submitting to her health insurance company for reimbursements yet was too overwhelmed to open the mail. Much to her surprise, when we finally did she found thousands of dollars of medial reimbursements!

And just this week another client, Dr. Debra Condren, author and founder of opened her cell phone bill that she pays for her niece to find that it had been charged an extra $300! After a quick chat with the cell phone provider, she was able to get that $300 credited back to her account and made another $600 by having a new family plan retroactively applied to her account. If she hadn’t opened her mail, she would never have discovered the overcharge let alone thought to call the provider for a new plan. It really does pay to open your mail. A session to organize your mail, paper and finances with us could practically pay for itself!

Go open your mail… now.



2 thoughts on “Space Treat: It Pays to Open Your Mail. Literally.

  • March 21, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I open my mail daily, toss everything that isn’t important but my problem is after a bill is paid what do I need to keep in my files. I feel like I am saving things that I do not need to but am afraid to pitch because I might need it one day. Any guidelines or suggestions would be appreciated.

  • April 6, 2009 at 11:26 am

    if you want to go paperless, you can go scan those papers that you think is important. You can pile it away for your files and then you’d even be able to search for it real quick if you need it in the fugure. utility bills, credit card bills, i think you can just shred and throw away. all of those you can see again online if you need it.

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