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How to Simplify Your Email, Postal Mail and Meals

By simplifying these three things, you will free up some time to spend doing the things you love and being with the people you love. Below are easy steps you can take to simplify your email, postal mail and meals.

#1 - How to Simplify Your Email. There are 3 types of emails.

1. Junk

2. Emails that require an action or response

3. Emails that you are interested in reading or using as a reference (these emails do not require a response or action from you).

Start by deleting the junk immediately. Next respond to the action items. Then store the emails you want to read or reference in a "To Read" folder. If possible try to clear out your inbox at the end of every business day.

Some Helpful Tips:

* If possible, only check email 2-3 times a day at specific scheduled times. Start by scanning your inbox and deleting the junk.

* When possible, do important action items immediately

* Don't feel obligated to read or respond to forwards. If you are interested in reading a particular one, but don't have time at that moment, move it to your "To Read" folder.

* Never put any emails that require an action or response in your "To Read" folder

* When possible, respond to personalized emails right away

* Stop responding when an interchange has served its purpose

#2 - How to Simplify Your Meals

When you make supper, consider double or tripling the recipe. Divide up the extra portions into containers, label and freeze them. If you were to triple your meals everyday for a week, you would have two weeks worth of frozen meals that just need to be heated up and served. Another way to simplify your meals and save money is to plan ahead. If you are making rotisserie chicken tonight, then set some aside for chicken salad sandwiches tomorrow night.

You could also make a new triple sized recipe two nights per week and simply heat up and serve already prepared meals the remaining days of the week. Just add a fresh salad on the side. Your family gets the benefit of delicious and nutritious homemade meals and you get the benefit of only cooking two nights per week plus saving money.

#3 - How to Simplify Your Mail

Create a specific place in your home where you deal with your postal mail. Keep a recycling bin, garbage can and paper shredder in or near that area. When your mail comes in, take just a few minutes to toss, recycle and shred. Shred all documents containing your personal information, as well as, credit card applications. Currently 68% of identity theft happens as a result of documents being stolen from recycling and trash bins. Shredding your personal documents is an easy cheap way to protect yourself.

Next, create an "Active File System". This system should keep all of the papers that you need to take action on, bills to pay, forms to complete, kids school calendars and so on. This "Active File System" is different from your long-term file system where you keep things like insurance policies, taxes and that sort of thing. The "Active File System is just for your day-to-day paperwork, mostly papers that require an action or response from you. Keep your "Active File System" in a small portable file box in the area that you deal with your mail. This will help keep your organized and reduce the amount of piles of papers on your counter tops and tables.

When simplifying your life, you will free up some of your valuable time and you may even feel calmer and happier.

"How we spend our days is of course, how we spend our lives." - Annie Dillard

Heidi is a professional organizer, creator of The Fast-Filing Method home filing system, & publisher of Life Made Simple e-Magazine. Heidi energizes her readers' lives by teaching effective organizational systems to help you accomplish more & GAIN peace of mind! Visit to get a complimentary subscription AND a FREE Home Organization Kit.

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