Stop catalog clutter in your home

January 18, 2008 4:16:46 PM PST
The holidays may be over, but don't let the passage of time deter you from cutting the Christmas catalog clutter. If you got more mailers than you can carry, act now so it does not happen again next year. Every time Rachel Skinner takes a pile of catalogs out to be recycled, she cringes.

"I can get close to 20 catalogs on a day. I get furniture catalogs, lots of children's clothing catalogs. I get bed and bath catalogs. A lot of companies actually send me, I'll get four different catalogs from one company," said Skinner.

What few people realize is that you can opt out and choose not to receive catalogs in the mail. You can even end those seemingly endless credit card solicitations.

Urvashi Rangan of Consumer Reports Greener Choices says stopping the mail box deluge is easier than you might realize.

"The Direct Marketing Association, which includes companies that send you catalogs, must take you off of their mailing list if you sign up for their 'mail preference service.' This includes subscription offers sent by companies like Consumer Reports," said Rangan.

All it takes is one dollar and a click of a mouse.

"A few years ago, consumers started realizing they could get telemarketers to stop invading their dinner hour by signing up for do not call lists. Today they're taking it to the next level and saying stop invading my mailbox, too," said Rangan.

And, until you can get yourself off the mailing lists, you might want to take your cue from Rachel, who found a creative use for her many catalogs.

"I use some of the catalogs so the kids can cut out and make collages," said Skinner.

Here's the information you need to opt out.

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