Caution: Catalog Season

‘Tis the season for tons of catalogs arriving in your mailbox. Here are a few tips for controlling catalog clutter:

  • Use the 1 in/1 out rule: when a new catalog comes in, throw the old one out!
  • Better yet, recycle the catalogs you know you won’t read as soon as they come in the door.
  • Even better still, get yourself off the catalog lists! Call the company who sent the catalog, or check out the Direct Marketing Association to get off multiple lists.

And if you do order gifts from catalogs, think about the recipient and your budget. It’s easy to get excited about the latest cookware, electronic gadget, or new sweater on the glossy pages of a catalog. Is it really something the recipient wants, needs or would love to have?