step one in decluttering and simplifying your life and home: cut down on incoming junk

 including marketing calls and junk mail:

1)  The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.

2)  Catalog Choice is a free service to opt out of catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, phone books, circulars and more.

3)  DMAchoice is an online tool developed by the Direct Marketing Association to help you manage your mail. . . For the purposes of this site, direct mail is divided into four categories: Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazine Offers and Other Mail Offers. You can request to start or stop receiving mail from individual companies within each category—or from an entire category at once.

If you feel like getting all official about it, check out the FTC Consumer Alert website on unsolicited mail, calls, and email:
Where to Go to “Just Say No”
Tired of having your mailbox crammed with unsolicited mail, including preapproved credit card applications? Fed up with getting telemarketing calls just as you're sitting down to dinner? Fuming that your email inbox is chock-full of unsolicited advertising? The good news is that you can cut down on the number of unsolicited mailings, calls, and emails you receive by learning where to go to "just say no."

For a chatty newspiece, read the CBS story How to stop junk mail forever.

Last and not at all least:, another junk mail management website, estimates that the average American adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year. So stop the junk mail and save:
     1) your sanity
     2) your home
     3) the environment

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