I have a name that's not common in my generation, but is common in older generations. When I signed up for email, I chose the simplest form of my name. Now that the other 50 or so people in the US who have my name are also using email, I am having problems with receiving their personal emails. How do you handle emails not intended for you?
This is Offbeat Home's archive of mail posts.
A funny thing has happened over the past few years: suddenly, I totally look forward to doing holiday cards. It should be noted that I'm not especially into holidays — I spent my 20s mostly ignoring them, and then once I switched to being self-employed in my 30s, I find that I can't even keep track of when most holidays are happening. I'm not a big seasonal decorator, nor do I get especially into the holiday spirit each winter.
But, oddly, the past couple years have found me becoming an increasingly huge fan of holiday cards.
This is my mom's fantastic idea for tracking experiences while traveling. How many times have you promised to keep a travel journal only to return home with most of the pages left blank? If you're like me, that's happened a few times. On top of that, how do you go about displaying your travel souvenirs when you get home? Developing photos is nice, but are you going to label them to remember everything? My mom's solution: Postcards to yourself.
Remember printing real photos? Or receiving real mail? How about harnessing the power of the internet to combine them both to create old school mail with photos? Sponsors Jordan and Ana are the creators of the Foldagram Kickstarter project which makes it so that the same amount of effort it takes to generate an email can now create a lasting memento called the Foldagram. Here's how you can make this a reality AND get your own Foldagram.
The girl who lived here before was here for five years of grad school, so naturally she still gets a lot of mail. I don't think either of us have the time to get together every week just to hand off a few postcards. So what I want to know is, at what point do I give up on reuniting a former tenant with her lost mail?
Checking the mail makes me feel like I'm at home. You can make your mailbox reflect your home's personality SO EASILY (most of the time) and there are a surprising number of less-than-usual mailboxes out there. This wrought iron box is a little bit Victorian, a little bit country, and nice and big for even large packages.
I've picked out a few other choices of unusual mailboxes — ones that go beyond the "black tin box slapped on a pole" most houses have.
In college I worked in an art supply/fine pen/framing store, so I had to know all three. (You want a $900 Montblanc pen, old man banker? I will SELL YOU a $900 pen!) I got real snobby about pens for a while there, and good ones still catch my eye — like this pen listed for $50 in The Ghostly Store.
So much paper comes into my house that I just don't care about. Bills that don't change month-to-month but that I should keep for my records, receipts, healthcare info, manuals — it's all stuff I don't WANT but I need to keep, just in case. Sound familiar? In an effort to make all our lives less cluttered, here are seven ways to get after a paperless house.