Even in this digital age of email and texts, your physical mailbox still gets loaded with lots of paper clutter. There's pizza coupons to cut, letters from favorite friends to read, and yes, those super annoying bills to pay. That's where a well-placed mail organizer comes in. It helps you keep letters, bills, and junk mail neat and tidy, but not entirely out of sight.
"You want to put mail—opened or unopened—in a place you frequent where it won't cause your space to appear cluttered," says professional organizer Shaniece Jones, who is the founder of One Woman Army Closet Design & Organization.
We researched mail storage systems of various materials, colors, and styles.
So, go ahead, and take a peek. We're certain you'll uncover the best mail organizers for every home and budget.
Poppin Super Stacked Set
Stackable and modular
Flexible, durable, and grippy
Pen set included
Pens only come in white
Without a doubt, our top pick for mail organizers comes from Poppin, a brand known for its high-quality, visually appealing file cabinets. The Super Stacked Set features two trays large enough to fit unfolded letter-sized sheets (8.5 x 11 inches). This allows you to separate your unopened mail from your to-dos.
There's an accessory caddy on top, a smaller two-compartment tray for tiny things like paper clips, and a pen holder. You'll also get a set of six complementing ballpoint pens. The Super Stacked Set is made of flexible yet durable silicone. It's slightly grippy, too, making it easy to stack the trays together and add additional pieces if you want to expand your collection.
You can choose from six stunning hues, though we should note the pens only come in white. The price is steep, but as something you'll use every day, it'll be worth the investment.
Price at time of publish: $80
Dimensions: 12.5 x 9.75 x 3.25 inches | Weight: 0.4 pounds | Material: Silicone | Color: White, aqua, blush, gray, blue, sage | Assembly Required: No
Lipper International Bamboo 2-Slot Mail Organizer
Only one finish
Lipper International makes a great budget option. This mail organizer is made of real bamboo, a renewable natural resource, and features two slots for stashing letters, bills, and cards.
It's relatively compact, so you can place it anywhere you'd like—on your desk, on the kitchen counter, or on a shelf near your front door. It's only available in one finish, but it's definitely versatile. And while the two-slot design is relatively basic, it gets the job done.
Price at time of publish: $18
Dimensions: 10.75 x 6 x 4.13 inches | Weight: 1.1 pounds | Material: Bamboo | Color: Natural | Assembly Required: No
Blu Monaco Wooden Mail Organizer
May chip over time
Looking for something to place on your counter or in your kitchen office nook? Check out the rustic Blu Monaco Mail Organizer. It has two large slots in the back that are wide enough to accommodate letter-size papers and even file folders.
The front row has three smaller sections for such things as keepsake cards, favorite pens, letter openers, and scissors. This piece is made of solid wood, so it may chip over time. But we think the affordable price makes up for this minor flaw.
Price at time of publish: $30
Dimensions: 12.25 x 7 x 4.75 inches | Weight: 2.8 pounds | Material: Wood | Color: White, espresso | Assembly Required: No
Best for Desks
Sorbus Desktop Organizer with Drawers
Drawers sometimes stick
For desk placement, we recommend this solid wood unit from Sorbus. It has a large upper tray for full-size papers, a wide middle drawer, and two drawers on the bottom where you can stash office supplies.
Jones explains that your workstation may not be the best spot to store mail. "Yes, it can remind you to go through it," she says, noting that your desk is already where you handle important matters. "But it can add to the stress by reminding you that you have one more thing to do on top of the work you already have planned."
Still, the most important thing is whether or not a desk mail organizer works for you. If front and center on your desk will help you take care of your junk mail pile, then this is the organizer for you.
Price at time of publish: $26
Dimensions: 11.87 x 8 x 8.25 inches | Weight: 3.1 pounds | Material: Solid paulownia wood | Color: Maple, gray, white | Assembly Required: No
Best for Entryways
The McGarvey Workshop Coat Hooks Mail Holder
Six finishes available
Only one slot
"A cool place [to put mail] would be on the wall next to the door where you hang your keys so you are constantly reminded to open it," says Jones. We like this multifunctional wall-mounted piece from The McGarvey Workshop, which comes in six finishes to complement any home decor theme.
It has a slot for unopened mail, two large coat hooks, a small shelf, and three littler hooks for keys, sunglasses, and other small items. But we should note that because there's only one slot for papers, this is more of a temporary storage solution rather than something for organizing or sorting.
Price at time of publish: $71
Dimensions: 22 x 11.5 x 3.25 inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Solid pine wood, metal | Color: Weathered gray, distressed white, oak, walnut, black, espresso | Assembly Required: No
Wallniture Lisbon 5-Tier Metal Wall File Holder Organizer
Good for small spaces
Five wide slots
"If you live in a smaller space, consider going vertical," says professional organizer Pia Thompson, who is the owner of Sweet Digs. Thompson suggests hanging a letter organizer for sorting.
We like the Wallniture Lisbon file holder, which has five slots wide enough to hold file folders and letter-size sheets, plus lots of mail.
The steel design isn't the most decorative, but it's undoubtedly sturdy. You can hang it in your office, mudroom, or pantry, too. "You can also put one on the back of a door," offers Thompson. While you'll have to assemble it at home, we think it should be a snap to put together.
Price at time of publish: $58
Dimensions: 14 x 11 x 4 inches | Weight: 5.5 pounds | Material: Steel | Color: Black, gray, white | Assembly Required: Yes
Pottery Barn Trenton 3 Tiered Organizer
Three wide slots
Made in Fair Trade facility
Only one colorway
Make the most of your wall space with this high-quality vertical unit from Pottery Barn, which sports three wide slots for sorting letters, bills, cards, and outgoing mail.
It's made in a certified Fair Trade facility, ensuring workers are paid fairly and treated ethically. Though there's only one color available, the contrasting black powder-coated metal and pine wood lend to a cool industrial-rustic aesthetic. The price is steep, but if it's within your budget, we say go for it!
Price at time of publish: $99
Dimensions: 31 x 14.5 x 4 inches | Weight: 11.8 pounds | Material: Pine wood, metal | Color: Black/natural | Assembly Required: No
Safco Products Mesh Vertical Desktop Organizer
Won't scratch surfaces
Durable and easy to clean
If you're interested in a freestanding tiered design, the Safco Desktop Organizer might be your best bet. It's made of steel and comes in black or white. The material is durable and easy to clean, and thanks to the powder-coated finish, it won't scratch the surface beneath.
You can choose from five or eight slots in a downward slanting configuration that gives you a better view of what's inside and allows you to sort paper with ease.
Price at time of publish: $87
Dimensions: 11.75 x 10.75 x 14 inches | Weight: 6 pounds | Material: Powder-coated steel | Color: Black, white | Assembly Required: No
Russel+Hazel Acrylic Collator
Modern yet versatile
Five wide slots
Part of extensive collection
Only one color
For something super simple, we like the Acrylic Collator from Russel+Hazel. This mail sorter features five wide slots for letters, cards, bills, catalogs, and file folders. While it's not tiered, the cutout handles make it easy to move around as needed.
The modern yet versatile Collator is part of an extensive collection of desk accessories. You can pair it with a matching pull-out stackable letter tray, a magazine file, or a desktop caddy for office supplies—to name just a few.
Price at time of publish: $44
Dimensions: 11.5 x 10 x 6.5 inches | Weight: 3.5 pounds | Material: Acrylic | Color: Clear | Assembly Required: No
The Container Store x KonMari Woven Rattan File Divider & Organizer
Handmade by artisans
Strong and durable
If your home decor leans more coastal, farmhouse, or boho, this basket-weave collator might be right up your alley. It's made of natural rattan, a renewable resource that regrows quickly after being harvested.
This mail organizer is handmade by skilled artisans using generations-old weaving techniques. In addition to rattan, it features metal reinforcements for extra strength. The only potential downside is that it's not tiered, but other than that, we have no complaints.
Price at time of publish: $28
Dimensions: 10.25 x 9.13 x 5 inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Rattan, metal | Color: Natural | Assembly Required: No
Best with Key Holder
Rebrilliant 3 Tier Letter Rack with Key Hook
Only one finish
This wall-mounted mail organizer from Rebrilliant is made of solid wood and features a light, natural finish. Perfect for entryways and mudrooms, it not only has three sorting slots, but also three key hooks at the bottom.
The space-saving design can be hung nearly anywhere. However, at 6 inches wide, it's relatively narrow. Envelopes are no problem, but you won't be able to fit unfolded letter-sized sheets.
Price at time of publish: $30
Dimensions: 20 x 6 x 3 inches | Weight: 9 pounds | Material: Solid wood | Color: Natural | Assembly Required: No
Overall, we like the Poppin Super Stacked Set. The endlessly versatile, modular design can be stacked together, placed apart, and expanded with other pieces from the collection. If you're on a budget, the wallet-friendly Lipper International Bamboo 2-Slot Mail Organizer is an excellent choice. It's compact, so you can place it anywhere—on a desk, on the counter, or on a shelf near the front door.
What to Look for in a Mail Organizer
Size and Organization Options
The first thing to consider when buying a mail organizer is the size. It should fit where you intend to place it while accommodating your letters, bills, files, and fliers. If you want to keep pens, paper clips, and letter openers, look for something with smaller caddies as well, like the Blu Monaco Wooden Mail Organizer.
Additionally, pay attention to the organizer's slots, tiers, and/or trays. If you want to separate unopened letters from your to-do pile and outgoing mail, look for something with at least three slots, such as the Pottery Barn Trenton 3 Tiered Organizer. A vertical mounted organizer is also ideal for homes short on space.
Material and Color
Mail separators can be made of various materials, including wood, metal, bamboo, acrylic, plastic, silicone, or even woven rattan, like The Container Store x KonMari Woven Rattan File Divider.
Durability and functionality are important, but appearance matters too. Look for a color or finish that complements the decor in the space you plan to put it. Pro organizer Pia Thompson, who is the owner of Sweet Digs, says your paper station should be "visually pleasing so it feels inviting, and you want to use it."
Assembly and Installation Requirements
Most mail organizers come pre-assembled. In the event assembly is required, it'll probably be pretty easy. But double-check before buying anything if you're not up for putting one together.
If you're getting a wall-mounted unit, confirm whether it comes with all of the necessary hardware and tools. For heavier vertical racks made of solid wood or steel, like the Wallniture Lisbon Metal Wall File Holder, make sure you mount it to a stud.
What is a mail organization system?
A mail organization system is either a product (such as stackable trays or tiered slots) or a process that helps you keep everything tidy. It also helps ensure bills are paid on time, letters are responded to, and notices are addressed. Whatever system you use, pro organizer Shaniece Jones says both opened and unopened mail should be placed in a common area without making the space look or feel cluttered.
"Stock the area with supplies like markers, Post-Its, a letter opener, a box cutter, scissors, a trashcan, and a calendar," adds Thompson. "Also, keep a recycling bin and a shredder close."
How can you keep your bills and mail organized?
Thompson recommends starting with categories for sorting your mail. "Keep it simple with 'to do,' 'to file,' and 'inbox,'" she says. "Consider giving each person you live with an inbox."
If you frequently send letters or cards, you might want to have an outgoing category as well. Once you know your categories, look for a mail organizer with enough slots or trays to accommodate your needs.
Where should you store your mail?
"I recommend having a designated spot to process paper and to-dos (including unopened mail) close to your front door," says Thompson. "To prevent it from piling up, go through your mail daily."
Jones adds, "The best place is where you frequent the most or drop your keys." This could be your entryway, mudroom, family command center, or a designated corner of your kitchen. But wherever you store your mail, it should be in the line of sight, but also out of the way.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Theresa Holland is a product reviewer and commerce writer specializing in home improvement, decor, remote work, and lifestyle.
For this story, she interviewed Shaniece Jones, a pro organizer specializing in storage solutions, and pro organizer Pia Thompson of Sweet Digs. With their expertise in mind, she researched the best mail organizers, narrowing it down to functional, versatile, and durable options with notable features and aesthetic appeal.