‘Tis the season . . . that I want to avoid the Post Office at all costs. It’s not too far out of my way, so on a normal day I stop by the Post Office once to drop off packages, usually around 3:15 after picking my oldest up from school. This gives me an hour of leeway (weekday last call for packages is 4:15 p.m.), and also allows me to get anything purchased in the morning ready and shipped out the same day, which buyers love.
The Post Office in December is no joke, and it’s already started. On many December days I *try* to pull into the PO parking lot, but traffic is backed up out of the parking lot and into the road because cars are lined up waiting for a parking space in the too-small lot. And I not only have to contend with finding parking, all the other customers, and the potentially bulky packages I am transporting, but also have both of my boys in tow.
So, the obvious answer is ——-> have the PO pick up my packages!
But. In the summer it’s stinkin’ hot, and I don’t feel comfortable leaving packages out in the heat. And right now it’s either (literally) freezing cold, or raining buckets. So leaving packages outside for pick-up doesn’t seem like an option.
Do you use carrier pick-up? What do you do? Keep your packages inside and have the postal person ring your bell? (I’ve done that a few times and it’s worked okay, but I feel that I hover by the front door afraid I will miss them, and am not as productive with my day as I normally would be.)
Or? If you have a system you use that works well for you I’d love to hear about it!