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Last November I made an attempt to purge our mail from all things junk. This morning I unsubscribed from the daily flood of emails alerting me to new promotions or offering hope for crazy amazing bargains. There were fourteen in all. Every single day we were getting at least FOURTEEN individual emails from different companies/company offshoots and deal sites, many of which I often deleted before opening. Why did I keep them around? I’m a sucker for a good deal story I suppose. However, I finally admitted to myself that I have neither the time nor the money to wade through the temptation to spend in order to save. Adieu email notifications from

– Amazon

– AmazonLocal Deals

– Anthropologie

– Destination Maternity

– Ec0BabyBuys

– Expedia

– Groupon

– Kayak

– Living Social

– L’OCCITANE en Provence

– Pottery Barn Kids

– PBTeen

– Target

– Zulily

Our inbox will be a lot emptier tomorrow morning. Hopefully. I’ve got something else to chase after these days.

I realize a lot of people have transferred these type of alerts to their smart phones, so perhaps this question is outdated, but am I the only one that let my inbox be inundated for fear of missing out on something we needed/wanted/could-not-live-without?

getting a little less trashy

Like most of life’s experiences, this month’s challenge conjures up a Seinfeld reference. Remember “The Junk Mail” (Season 9, Episode 5) where Kramer tries to cancel his mail, stages a protest and is called in for a meeting with the postmaster general? That is almost exactly what I tried to do this week. Well, minus dumping a collection of PB catalogues at one of their storefronts, hauling around a postman dummy with a bucket on its head and being trailed by the United States Postal Service.

It will take four to six weeks to fully determine the success and reap the rewards of this month’s challenge, but I am already excited! Not only am I happy about the prospect of having less junk to sift through, I am also eager to share how easy it was. Getting rid of junk mail is a pretty quick, completely free project. Granted, I have a lot of time on my hands, but I have no doubts one could churn out this challenge on a lunch break thanks to all the online forms available.

I used the following online forms:

– National Do Not Mail List on the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) website:

URL: http://www.directmail.com/directory/mail_preference/

Phone: 1-888-690-2252

– To have your name removed from preapproved credit card, bank and insurance offers:

URL: https://www.optoutprescreen.com/?rf=t

Phone: 1-888-567-8688

– ADVO mailing list (items addressed to Occupant or Current Resident):

URL: http://www.valassis.com/1024/Contact/contact_home.aspx

(select “consumer” from the drop-down menu, then select “I would like to be removed from your mailing list” and fill out the short form)

Phone: 1-888-241-6760

– Valpack Coupons:

URL: http://www.coxtarget.com/mailsuppression/s/DisplayMailSuppressionForm

Phone (Houston): 713-849-4477

I also called REI, Houston Symphony, University of Houston and Pottery Barn directly. If you are calling a company about being removed from their catalogue mailings, I recommend having your most recent annoyance on hand as the number on the back will cut down time by a few seconds. I also want to add that REI and Houston Symphony had particularly wonderful customer service!

In addition to the blog that got me started, my friend sent a link to Pearland’s guide, which was a great resource in helping to navigate this very unintuitive path.

Now, if I could just stop all of the door-to-door salespeople and phone solicitations.

monthly challenge

I am trying to make an effort to eschew the lie of perfectionism, but I am sometimes overcome by all I’m not yet doing, or think I should be doing, or would like to be doing in order to be living in perfect harmony with nature and the rest of humanity. To challenge myself towards living more simply without being overwhelmed by my absurd utopian vision, I have decided to introduce monthly challenges. Starting this month, I want to take out 28 to 31 days to practice a new habit, trying it on for size and figuring out how sustainable it would be to permanently integrate it into our daily life.

I have a few ideas, but would LOVE to hear your suggestions. More importantly, consider this an official invitation to join me in my monthly escapades.

Since we’re already halfway through this month, I picked something small for November. Hopefully it’s a one-stop-shop type of endeavor. I was inspired by this blogger’s post to eradicate junk mail. Time wasting, tree killing crap that it is.

Let’s start the insanity!