A year ago I started emailing companies asking them to remove me from their paper catalog mailing lists. Now I’ve discovered there’s an app for this (of course)! Other ways to cut down on junk mail in the U.S. are described by the Center for a New American Dream.
If you subscribe to paper magazines or newspapers, my suggestion is to keep only the current edition and recycle others because once you fall behind it can be awfully hard (impossible?) to catch up.
If you currently or previously subscribed to some kind of hobby or specialty magazine, you may be holding onto several or more of them because one day you are going to do those cool DIY projects, try those recipes, or take the time to read the articles instead of just looking at the amazing pictures. Maybe. In the meantime, that stack of magazines is serving as a visual and psychological reminder of Things You Say You’re Going to Do But Haven’t and Likely Won’t. Consider donating or recycling the magazines.
In my case I’ve recycled several unread news magazines over the past several months. If I’m not going to make time for learning about current events, I need to be honest about it and just cancel my subscription.