“Cleanliness is not next to godliness. It isn’t even in the same neighborhood. No one has ever gotten a religious experience out of removing burned-on cheese from the grill of the toaster oven.” ― Erma Bombeck
Sometimes a person realizes that enough is really enough and you have to do something about an encroaching mess that is not only cluttering up a public entranceway but also preventing a possibly important letter from being delivered or returned to its sender.
Many times tenants place wrongly addressed envelopes or envelopes they wish to return to the post office on the lower wooden ledge of the structure in a willy-nilly fashion. This often leads to clutter on the entrance floor and a definite headache for the mail delivery person to sort through.
Recently I placed a home made placard on the upper right corner of the area to inform fellow residents where to place their return letters and to finally indicate to the postal delivery person where the return items are located.
In the short term this action is paying dividends. The site became an eyesore and a nuisance as the letters, advertising circulars, magazines and generally junk mail piled up in an uncontrollable manner. Now at least there is some sort of signage there informing folks what to do.
Becoming your brother’s keeper does at times become a behind-the-scenes operation. But the reward is always worth the effort.