Take Ten: Mail Pile Quick Sort

by Kimberlee Stokes Affiliate Link Disclosure B

Take TenTM-Improve your life ten minutes at a time! 


If you read my post here then you know that my ten minute a day project this week is this pile of mail.

Here’s my progress so far:


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On Monday I took 15 minutes and did a quick sort through the pile. I opened everything quickly, threw away the trash, and then sorted all the mail into 3 categories:



All of the papers that need immediate attention went into this folder. I took twenty minutes yesterday and took care of most of them. I have one project remaining that I will finish today.



This folder holds all of the mail that I need to take action on (send a change of address card to, etc.), but which has no specific deadline. Instead of “Later”, I labeled this folder “10 Minutes A Day” to remind me to work on it a little at a time rather than procrastinating.

I will be starting on this folder today.



This folder holds all the papers that I need to keep, but which need no other action. They will go into my file box on Saturday when I clean my desk.



How are you doing on your ten minute a day project? Leave a comment to let us know. :)


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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Cary January 25, 2012 at 10:12 am

Thanks, Kimberlee for the great idea. I love the 10 minutes a day folder! It is so much better than the unsorted pile on my desk!
Have a great day!


Kimberlee January 25, 2012 at 11:23 am

Thanks Cary! :)


Karen Laqua January 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

This is a great idea Kimberlee!


Kimberlee January 25, 2012 at 11:24 am

Thanks Karen! :)


Holly March 3, 2012 at 9:22 am

Love this idea! Thanks! I usually just throw everything on my coffee table and get to it later, then coupons etc get thrown into the pile. I def will try this out! :)


Kimberlee March 3, 2012 at 10:30 am

Hope it works for you Holly. :)


Rachel March 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Love this site so far!

Tackling the mail pile today.

Finally feel like I am getting a handle on things. One way was to quit Facebook…those invisible time sucks that just leak time.

Excited to read more of your blog.


Elizabeth May 31, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I love this. I’ve been on the search for a simple efficient system for handling mail and this just might be it! Thank you :)


Kimberlee May 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm

You are very welcome Elizabeth!


Joanne July 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm

What an easy solution to my paper monster! My desk is always piled high with a sliding stack of mail and magazines. I hope this does the trick. Thank you for sharing a great idea.


Linda August 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm

This is the best idea I have seen in a while, the 10 minute folder for mail. I seem to put that kind of mail in a box and think I will get to it sooner or alter, but now I know when I have 10 min I can work on it. Take care.


Kimberlee August 29, 2012 at 7:05 am

I hope you find it helpful Linda. :)


Pam S November 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I’m going out to get folders tomorrow! Love the 10-minute folder idea. That will help out a lot. Thanks!


Connie February 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm

great idea!!!will put this plan into action


Kari July 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Oh M’Gosh! This is soooooo simple! I actually think I can do this one! My mail pile is a nighmare…. any flat surface in my kitchen is game to catch all of this…. I had been just packing a walmart bag on my arm and sorting and pitching whenever I had a chance to tidy up, but this is wonderful!

I’m off the next two days, and I’m going to try this!


Jenny January 2, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I like this folder idea! I have boxes I throw my “do later/file later” items into. The problem with a box is that it gives me the ok to keep putting it off because it can hold so much. A folder won’t let me put too much into it, so it’ll force me to get to it sooner rather than later.

Jenny W


Kimberlee January 2, 2014 at 1:25 pm

You are very welcome Jenny! I hope it works well for you. :)


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