One of the best feelings in the world is having mail to look forward to. What can we say — we love receiving snail mail and the occasional package! We now have even more reason to love it, thanks to United States Postal Service's Informed Delivery — a mail hack we just discovered.
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When you sign up for Informed Delivery for free, USPS allows you to digitally see and manage your incoming mail. On a computer, tablet, or mobile device, you can preview the address side of letter-size mail that will soon be in your mailbox, track and reschedule package deliveries, and even leave delivery instructions for when you aren't home. You can also set up text and email notifications for the packages you're extra excited about.
All you have to do is sign up here and verify your identity. Then, you're set to start implementing this genius hack.
A tech-y alternative to Informed Delivery is the Ring Mailbox Sensor + Bridge, currently listed at $49.99. By mounting the sensor in your mailbox and utilizing the Ring Bridge, you can connect the device to the Ring app on your smartphone or through an Alexa-enabled device. When the sensor detects motion (aka new mail), you will be notified so you know when the mail has arrived.
Now, if you'll excuse us, we've got some mail to track.
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Anna is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who covers lifestyle and design content for Hunker. She's written for Apartment Therapy, the L.A. Times, Forge, and more. She previously worked as the lifestyle editor at HelloGiggles and deputy editor at So Yummy. Her email: firstname.lastname@example.org