I can think of so many reasons why I loathe junk mail–waste of time, waste of paper, just plain WASTE! But since Valentine’s Day is near and everyone is in that lovey dovey, I [heart] everything mode, I’m giving junk mail a second chance. With this idea for repurposing junk mail, you might just change your mind too.
Turning junk mail into notepads
1. Save junk mail envelopes–both the outer envelopes and the reply envelopes. Once you have a decent sized stack (this should only take about 2 days!), line ‘em up, right side up.
2. Fold your stack in half and cut along the crease.
3. Take one side, line ’em up again, and cut off all edges of the envelope except for one– this will be where you put a staple in your notepad.
4. Cut up a discarded/recycled food or cereal box for the bottom of your notepad. Slip a few sheets of envelope paper in the fold of the cardboard and put a staple in the top. Voila! Cute little notepads to stash in in your car, near the phone or by your bedside (for all those late-night brilliant ideas).
Take this One Small Step one step further: Did you know that the average person spends about 8 months of their life opening junk mail? There are steps you can take to significantly reduce the amount of junk mail you receive. Check out this great article to get started.