junk-mail! why? why? why?

Ever notice when you return from holiday, just how much junk mail is waiting for you? Like you can wallpaper all your rooms, and if you were looking for a fun crafting project, there’d still have enough paper left over to make a full-scale papier-mache blue whale.

It probably feels like you’re drowning in flyers and envelopes with their obnoxious crinkly cellophane windows and the fake credit cards stuck to application forms with glue that feels like the bitten off leg of a gummy bear.

All of it is intensely annoying and frustrating since most of us don’t have the time/patience to take control of the amount of junk mail we get.

Back story.
Last year March (for Spring Break), a minute before Covid sprang into action, I travelled West to another state. I ended up staying (and working remotely from there) for one and a half years. While I was gone, my mom took care of my place. She watered my plants and kept my place spotless. (Thanks, Mom! xxx!) She also picked up my mail.

She went through everything, dumping the Red Plum flyers and keeping only envelopes. When I returned, she handed me three shopping bags stuffed with envelopes I still needed to sort. (Please note that all my actual bills are paperless.)

  • I donate to my local NPR station and as a thank you they send me a bunch of donation requests. (So much paper – not cool!)
  • As a gift from my sister went to the trouble of giving me a New Yorker magazine subscription; The New Yorker sent me a subscription “reminder” once every few weeks stuffed with postcards of New Yorker cartoons. (again, a lot of paper!)
  • I’ve never called Progressive car insurance, or joined my University Alumni association yet the enormity of mail from both is unbelievable.

The list goes on.

So there I sat, for three evenings, over an hour each time hoping to come up for air at some point.

Step 1 – rip out the crinkly  cellophane window while trying to keep calm.  These cannot be recycled and will take years to break down in a landfill.

plastic windows from junk mail envelopes (pen is for perspective)

Step 2 – Shred everything with my name on it, then bag it.
White plastic garbage bag will be re-used once shredded paper is put into recycling.
– Keep in mind, my mom had already combed through this mail and sorted “absolute junk” from this pile of “perhaps-junk”.
– Kitty is for perspective.

Finally, this is the distillation of a year and a half of mail – everything that was “somewhat important”.

Just! This!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Amna Mohamed says:

    Yooo hoo,
    It’s me. The one who is guilty of not disposing of the worthless mail.
    But it has given you a chance to share your thoughts in your blog.
    The thing is, we ALL share the same thoughts but we all have never spoken out against it. Sometimes though, there is a smidgen of information you might use. Like a nice recipe. Or a gardening tip. Or like the time the breeze flew open the FLYER and I saw the ad for the house I subsequently bought and I which I still live in.
    Girlfren Feline looks so INTERESTED. You might put her to help you sort the mail, instead of eating the plant I so painstakingly saved for youwhile you were gone.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. lujuanwang0853234 says:

    I have no notice you post new article. I have the same feeling. I have been in America for one and a half years. It’s very short. However, the mailing is like a mountain. They all use paper. In my opinion, it’s a huge waste. We can use email, message instead of them.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Lisi-Tana says:

      Absolutely agreed! Other countries (in Europe and parts of Asia) are SO far ahead when it comes to environmental issues compared to how things are done in the US. It’s like we’re in the dark ages here. Still getting junk mail by actual post, not to mention how rickety the recycling system is!!


  3. Nano says:

    It’s the worst! Such a chore i demand hubby and I take turns to do. Hate hate hate the paper waste of junk mail.
    Perspective Kitty is cute tho

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Lisi-Tana says:

      It’s unbelievable how much there is. It feels like we’re being gangstered. We have no say. No control over it.
      To get off of mailing lists takes hours of your time and it’s like it’s Hydra – 2 new heads grow for each one that’s cut off.


  4. Hessaun says:

    Thank you for this witty ( and hilarious) reminder to respect our beautiful planet ..

    Kitty tho !!!

    What a beauty 😻😻😻

    Liked by 1 person

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