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PaperKarma and Stop Real and Virtual Junk Mail

While recent technology innovations have been, for the most part, a positive thing for society, the fact that it’s now so easy to “connect” to each other also means it’s easy for marketers to “connect” to us as well. Most often, these marketers are trying to reach you directly, via your email inbox or your home mailbox. If you’re like me, the majority of the mail in each of these respective boxes is made up of spammy offers, annoying notifications, or catalogs that you never signed up to receive. If you’re lucky, you might find one or two letters or emails from someone you actually care about.

That is, until I heard about the launch of two new apps, PaperKarma and Each of these services is working to help people solve the problem of both real and virtual unwanted mail.

PaperKarma is a new mobile app made for iPhone, Android and the Windows Phone that automatically unsubscribes you from junk mail that shows up in your home mailbox. All you have to do is snap a photo of the mail and then the team at PaperKarma will contact the Mailer to remove you from their distribution list. It takes five seconds max. I tried it recently and successfully opted out from over 20 different lists. My mailbox is blissful once again. Plus, I feel like a good human being for helping the environment :), on the other hand, is best suited for tackling the crazy amount of unwanted subscriptions in your email inbox. The service lets you easily unsubscribe from mail you don’t want to receive, and goes one step further by letting you bundle together all of the subscriptions you do want to receive in a single daily email. For instance, if you really like getting the Brit + Co. newsletter (who doesn’t!?), like checking out headlines from the New York Times, and you also really like getting alerts when someone writes on your Facebook wall (err… posts on your “timeline”), then you can bundle those feeds together into a single email and read them all at once. Trust me, as someone that has recently used the service, it makes getting to Inbox 0 much more feasible.

If you’re tired of your own spam-tastic mail, give PaperKarma or a try, and make your saturated mailboxes a little more bearable. How else do you deal with spam? Leave a note in the comments below or find us on Twitter.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*