This Instructable is based on an item from Neighbors Project's Neighbor's Checklist.
If you live in an apartment building, you're probably used to getting your neighbor's mail in your mailbox or finding random pieces of mail on the ground. Not all mail carriers are as diligent as they could be about matching names and apartment numbers, particularly if your building gets a lot of people coming and going.
To do this Instructable, you will need:
Step 1: Open Your Mailbox and Take Out Your Mail
Step 2: Look Through Your Mail
It takes very little time to do a quick sort through your mail. I find that it's also a good way for me to pause and relax before I go home after work; it helps me switch from frenzied work and commute mode to hang out and relax mode.
Note: even though you may get a lot of junk mail that you'd prefer not to have to carry into your home and then recycle, do not try to pawn it off on your neighbors as if it belongs to them. Junk mail often has no address, so you could pretend that it was meant for your neighbor, but this is really tacky, so just keep it and deal.
Step 3: Put It Where They Will Find It
-For apartments that have accessible, open mailboxes, just put the mail into your neighbor's mailbox and move on.
-For apartments that don't have accessible or open mailboxes, place the mail in front of the door to your neighbor's apartment. If there's an external door that you can't get through, place it just in front of that door. If you can access your neighbor's internal apartment door, then put it in front of that door.
-If your neighbor lives on a different floor and you don't feel like walking out of your way, then leave it on the steps of the staircase leading up to their floor, on a communal table inside the building, or on a radiator or some other prominent piece of furniture in the entrance to the building.
-If you have mailboxes that form a shelf on top of the boxes, then you can prop the mail on the shelf so that it is visible to anyone. This really only works indoors, though, since wind or rain or snow usually blows mail away, creating street trash. This also doesn't work if the shelf is too narrow or nonexistent. Don't try to lodge the mail into any slats in the fence or stuff it into the locked compartment slot of the mailbox.
Your neighbors will appreciate it if you don't leave their mail exposed to the elements, so err on the side of leaving the mail indoors or in a protected outdoor space. Imagine getting a letter from your estranged wife that's been completely soaked to the point that you can't tell if she wrote that she "must love you forever" or "must leave you forever." You'd make your neighbor cry!