mail center - please help!
I take care of mail for my family, my mom (nursing home), my son (away at college). We own our own home, a vacation/rental home, and a home that my son lives in at college. I also having a consulting business (in addition to my FT job) that I operate out of my house. I'm drowning in mail, which my DH drops on the kitchen table when he comes in. I try to sort it and get rid of the "junk" ASAP, but the rest of it usually ends up on my counter. Every two weeks, we rush around to straighten up for the cleaning service, and I grab all the mail and dump it in my office - wherever I can find space! Fortunately, I pay most of the bills by automatic draft or billpay, but tax time is a nightmare.
We're a planning a kitchen remodel, and DH wants to make sure there is a place for the mail - other than the kitchen table/counter. I have a closet/alcove in my office that I think will make a good mail center (as soon as I clean it out). It is 24" deep and 60" wide, give or take. I'm thinking a built in unit of some type, probably Ikea stuff.
I need help designing the space. I also plan to include a newspaper recycle container in there somewhere. I'm desperate for advice or ideas because I'm drowning!