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Simplicity blog: Stop the junk!

Take these easy steps and you’ll see less junk mail and fewer phone solicitations.

Credit Reporting Industry Pre-Screening Opt-Out Hotline: Pre-Approved credit solicitations - Removes your contact information from the lists for pre-approved credit card solicitations of four major credit bureau. Call 1.888.567.8688 or go online at: You can opt out for five years or forever.

Direct Marketing Association: Email and direct mail - Stops direct-mail and email marketing. You can also register to get a deceased family member off lists. If you are a caretaker and need to stop mail from coming you can also register in that way. There is a $1 charge to verify your credit card or checkbook identity. The DMA regularly updates its lists thus six months may pass before solicitations from all DMA members cease. Go online on at and click on “Advocacy and Guidelines” then “CSR for Consumers”. Go to the bottom of the page to register.

Catalogs - Are you getting swamped with catalogs? Your name has probably been turned over to Abacus, an alliance of catalog and publishing companies. To stop individual catalogs from reaching your home, contact the specific company. Call 1.888.5.OPT.OUT to stop en masse mailings or email

Non-credit offers – coupons, flyers and catalogs - To remove your name from that result from Experian’s lists call 402.458.5247

Resident and Occupant Mailings - Go to – a quick, free way to reduce junk mail.

Stop Identity Theft - Go to to learn how to prevent and stop identity theft. On this site you can “lock” your credit report which would prevent anyone from opening a credit card in your name.

Do Not Call Registry - Call 1.888.382.1222 or go to and register your phone number(s) or check a registration. Solicitation calls should stop within 31 days.

Other helpful websites: and

2012 Lunch and Learn Series: Experiencing Simplicity by Making Changes to Create Healthier Pathways

Bring order to your financial records on Thursday, March 22, with Simplicity Organizers and CPA, David Paulsen.

Feeling overwhelmed and tired of being pulled in a million directions? Are you ready for a fresh start to the new year? Simplicity Organizers and Kim Moseley, with Healthy Pathways, have teamed up to offer a year long “Lunch and Learn” series around creating healthier pathways in your life. Each session will present opportunities to reflect on what adjustments need to be made in your life, develop goals for reaching your vision, and learn new tips and strategies for making positive changes towards a healthier lifestyle.

This month’s class will feature Simplicity owner, Laurie Martin and CPA financial specialist, David Paulsen. David will review record retention guidelines and answer looming tax related questions, while Laurie will help you create a new archival system.

There will be a free shredding opportunity at this event for class participants, so bring a box of potential shredding documents with you!

If you can not make the lunch and learn series, but would like to participate in the shredding event, please stop by between 1-2 p.m. The cost for non-class participants is $25. To find out more about the series or to register go to:

Reprinted with permission from The Simplicity Blog, produced by Simplicity Certified Professional Organizers of Charlotte.