LIFE.STYLED | Opting Out of Clutter



As a designer I subscribe to the “less is more” philosophy of style — in design and in life. While I am a fan of Design Within Reach’s selection of modernist classics, let’s face it: their catalogs showcase a lot of product reruns. And just how did I get put on Frederick’s of Hollywood’s “it” list? If you feel as over-solicited as I am here are two tips that will help cut down pointless paper and save trees in the process.

1. Kiss goodbye to catalogs. Thanks to CatalogChoice, I’ve canceled my undesirables in minutes. Here’s how: jot down your customer id from one catalog label (it’s your personal marketing thumb print), register online at and it’s adios catalogos.

The upsides:
* Less visual clutter and trips to the recycling bin means less stress and the recovery of precious ME time.
* Perusal of online instead of print catalogs actually gives you better access to clearance sales and online exclusives.
* You can say you’re helping to reduce the 19 billion catalogs mailed to Americans each year (check out the staggering stats on resources consumed here). So far, CC members have spared the production of almost five million catalogs. Bravo.

2. Junk the junk mail. The other unsolicited flyers and such can be erased by putting yourself on a “DO-NOT-MAIL” list. You can register here.


4 Responses to “LIFE.STYLED | Opting Out of Clutter

  1. I love reading your postings! As a fair trade e-boutique, we often include eco-friendly products on simply because our third world neighbors don’t have access to “new” raw materials to produce products. I’m really excited that many of our producers are beginning to really think about their raw materials more and incorporate eco-friendly practices in their products or in the way they do business.

    Thank you for keeping me on my toes about eco-friendly ideas! Keep them coming!

    -Megy Karydes, Founder
    your source for fair trade gifts, home accents, and women’s accessories

  2. big thank you! what great tips.

  3. I’ve been in a decluttering mood as well–maybe it’s from being indoors so much this time of year.

    I love the do-not-mail list and have already registered.

  4. 4 alex

    I really enjoy reading your blog, it always has great insight. But I am very frustrated with the fact that so few people are talking about presidential candidates and their thoughts on global warming. Now that it is down to just a few candidates I would think that this would be a bigger issue.

    Live Earth just picked up this topic and put out an article ( ) live earth is also asking why the presidential candidates are not being solicited for their stance on the issue of the climate change. I just saw a poll on that says people care a lot about what their next leader thinks of global warming. Does anyone know of another poll or other results about this subject?

    Here is the page where I saw the EarthLab poll: This is a pretty legit website; they are endorsed by Al Gore and the alliance for climate protection and they have a carbon footprint calculator. Does anyone have a strong opinion about this like I do? No matter what your political affiliation is or who you vote for this is an important issue for our environment, our economy and for homeland security.

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