Quick Ways to De-Spam Your Life

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We are inundated with information on a daily basis — and our email inboxes and mailboxes aren’t exempt.  If you’ve subscribed to countless email lists, or check your snail mail to only find junk, you might be looking for some quick and easy ways to de-spam your life.

PaperKarma. The creators of the app PaperKarma have done all the work when it comes to figuring out who is in charge of taking your name of the mailing list of hundreds of companies.  All you have to do, is snap a pic.  Download the app on your iPhone, Android or Windows Phone — then take a picture of the junk mail.  The app recognizes the mail and sends a notice to the company to remove your address.

National Yellow Pages Opt-Out. It’s not an exact science, but it is possible to request to be taken off the delivery list for the Yellow Pages.  The National Yellow Pages Opt-Out list requires that you register first, but once you do, you can choose to opt-out of all the yellow page books that are delivered in your area.

Unroll.me. If you have subscribed to lots of email lists, only to find you just delete them as soon as they hit your inbox, you might want to sign up for Unroll.me.  It’s in an invitation-only period right now, but you can sign up and connect the site to your email, where it will track down the newsletters you don’t want anymore and click that Unsubscribe button for you.  Since it takes a couple of days for the change to go into effect, it even adds an Unsubscribed folder, to hide the offending e-blasts until they are eradicated from your inbox.

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