It might be tempting to sign up for your favorite store’s catalogs, but the quick decision to sign up could lead to a kiss of death for your mailbox. While some corporate offices respect your wishes to keep your name and address off of any additional lists, some may have shared your personal information with “retail partners” who spam mailboxes.
Though you may feel inundated, don’t throw it all away. Recycle that pile of paper with some of our uses for that inundation of retail catalogs:
Make jewelry. Check your daughter, granddaughter or little sister off of this year’s holiday gift list by turning catalog clippings into festive jewelry. Pages can easily be rolled up and glued into beads for a perfect and creative necklace or bracelet.
Gift wrap. Holiday wrapping paper may add up if you are giving a lot of gifts this holiday season. Avoid the added cost by wrapping with retail catalogs.
Use as packing material. Are you packing and shipping a gift across the country? Support your fragile presents with the excess retail catalogs.
Homemade cards. Homemade cards can evoke special emotions for family members and friends that might not be near during the holidays. Cut out the letters from your collection of catalogs and create something special for your loved ones.
Decoupage. Glue catalog picture to a rigid material (we suggest a common bath tile found at a home appliance store) using wood glue. Once dry, coat the artwork with clear polyurethane or lacquer.
So step aside, unwanted mall catalogs. Move it or lose it, influx of unnecessary junk mail. Use the paper excess for good!