Then we happend upon an old shutter for $10 at the Habitat for Humanity Restore and I decided to fix our mail situation.
I started by cutting one of the shutters so that I had a symmetric piece and a scrap piece.
Then I spray painted it with some leftover spray paint.
I thought I was basically done at this point but when I tried to put mail in it, the piece of mail would just slide through. To fix this I took a left over piece of thin plywood and cut it so that it would fit snuggly on the back of the shutter.
I first glued it down and then to make sure it wouldn't come off, I used the smallest brads that would go in our nail gun to really secure it. From the front it looks exactly the same, but now the mail sits nicely in the shutter.
Just to add a little more organization, I labeled sections of the shutter so that only one person needs to sort through the mail each day and the other can just pick theirs up.
The mail organizer got it's own little spot right by the front door. We also added a basket right under the shutter so that we can throw junk mail/envelopes right in there and they don't clutter up the rest of the house.
It is so nice to have this tucked off in a previously unused corner and to not have our dinning room table covered in junk mail!
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