Looking out for the other guy Keeping an eye on the mail boxes

   “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

The distance between the glass-enclosed outer lobby door ( on the left) and the secured inner door to my apartment complex is tightly compacted. The available space allows for tenant mail boxes to be placed in a wooden frame mounted on one of the side walls. I recently placed a placard on the upper right corner of the mail box area informing residents where to deposit their return material. As you can see this approach is working like a charm. Even the mail delivery person knows where to look.

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.



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12 Comments on Looking out for the other guy Keeping an eye on the mail boxes

  1. Can I leave my junk email and spam there?

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  2. Good on you, Gerry, for bringing order out of chaos, so quietly and simply; now everyone has the benefit.

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  3. I so totally agree. Sometimes it is easier to just take things in stride and fix things for those who wear blinders to the chaos. Makes life better for everyone. There are all kinds of people from all walks of life and they all have their own life’s story…..peace of mind in this chaotic world certainly does bring it’s own rewards. 🙂


    • Thank you for your thoughts. There is an expression that states: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” With so many people complaining about the way things are it is sometimes best to be a trail blazer and correct things behind-the-scene. Everyone wins and of course the whiners stop their yipping. 🙂 Enjoy the day.

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  4. I can see now why you were presented with the “Really Neat” Blog Award!! :o) http://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/08/13/11569/

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