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Monday, January 12, 2009

Get Organized Month 2009 - Decluttering Magazines

Decluttering magazines is something I'm attempting to do throughout the year. I'm not keeping on top of it, so I need to whittle down the quantity that enter my house.

If you have the same problem, here's how to get started;

1. Go through your magazines and toss those you know you don't need or want any more. To double your time, do this task while watching something on TV or another activity that lends itself to multi-tasking. I take them along when I'm riding in the car for a few minutes or when I know I might be waiting.

2. As you're going through your magazines, ask yourself if you really want to continue the subscriptions you have. If you don't have time to read your magazines, it's wasting your money and cluttering up your house! I've recently let several subscriptions lapse because I just don't have time to keep up with them. I'm also going to cancel a newspaper that we're not reading.

3. For those magazines that are left, tear out the pages to keep or read. Categorize them into like groups: recipes to try, organizing ideas, etc.

4. For those articles or ideas you want to keep on a long term basis, make files for each different category or create a binder for decorating ideas, scrapbooking examples, etc. Use plastic protector sheets and just slide the articles/ideas into the sheets. If you place a piece of paper in the protector sheet, you can store an idea on each side.

5. If there are entire magazines you want to keep, get some magazine boxes and label them accordingly. Give yourself a limit on what you will keep. For example, if you decide to keep one year's worth of a magazine, remove the oldest one when you receive and have read the newest one.

6. Decide if you want to organize your magazines by magazine titles, topics, or by month (if you want to look at ideas, recipes, etc. seasonally).

7. Keep your current magazines in a magazine rack or box. When I have a few moments, I'll pick up a magazine and go through a few pages.

Do you have tips that keep your magazine clutter to a minimum? (If you receive this by email and want to leave a comment, this link will take you to my blog.)

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Jim Deitzel said...

I also get lots of magazines at home. I'm a big magazine reader. You suggested cutting out articles you may use in the future. For me, if I find an article I like I often visit the magazine website and find the online version and bookmark it. That way the only clutter you have is your digital bookmarks. I have a bookmark folder for each online magazine. Hope that helps

Cascia said...

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1-2-3...Get Organized said...

Jim, I love your idea - thanks for sharing. I have been disappointed at time, though, to find that some magazines don't offer online versions of their articles. Sure makes it messy!

Anonymous said...

ah, magazines, a subject near and dear to my heart! lol i get 34 mags a month - i don't pay for ANY mind you- but i know about clutter with them. i like number 2 especially. i think becuz they are free and i get bored easily i sign up for some that i really don't care about too much. that is a waste of paper therefore not ecologically sound :) i also have experienced what you have with the online versions not being the same . i'm gonna link this entry on my blog today.