It’s a little known fact that I love J.Crew catalogs. I read them cover to cover, dog-ear cashmere sweaters I wish I could afford and fan them out on the coffee table like magazines until the day a sale coupon code hits my inbox. But somewhere in the process of moving to San Francisco and getting married in May, my name landed on just about every other catalog mailing list out there–Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Sur La Table, West Elm and Restoration Hardware just to name a few. For some reason I feel obligated to give them a quick flip-through before tossing them into the recycling bin. And I fully admit I secretly hope my name will fall off the mailing list if I ignore them long enough.
Let’s be honest though… that never happens.
Frustrated by the amount of clutter on our beautiful dining room table this morning, I decided to do something about it. I grabbed the stack of catalogs, picked up the phone and dialed the 800-number on the back of each one. In a matter of five minutes I kindly requested to be removed from seven different mailing lists. Seven! The process was painless and took almost no time.
I’ve decided to make this a regular habit when checking the mail now. Just a few minutes on the phone can save some serious trees, cut down on catalog clutter and spare you the guilt of tossing them straight into the recycling. Do it, and see how good it feels!
Catalogs: Feel wasteful just tossing them too? Have any you really enjoy looking through?