Living Clutter Free – Are Magazines The Problem?

Magazine Mania?

It seems that every time I pick up a magazine or book there is something about living clutter free. What is the problem? Is it that we have too much stuff or that we don’t have time to organize what we already have?

Speaking of magazines, that has been one of my biggest issues (no pun intended). How do you rate on the magazine scale? How many do you currently subscribe to? What do you do when you get a new one in the mail? Do you want to get control over your magazine mania? Here are a few suggestions that may be helpful:

  • How many subscriptions does your family have – or do you alone have enough for an entire family?
  • Which ones do you actually take time to read?
  • Do you feel you are getting your money’s worth in each issue?
  • What do you do with the issues after they are read?
  • Do you share with others such a taking to the doctor’s office or hospital waiting room?
  • Do you set them aside for reading later?
  • What? You don’t actually read them? You are not alone –  I am certain.
  • Are you committed to living clutter free…for real?

Magazine Storage Solutions

There is help for magazine mania! First, ask yourself if you are getting your money’s worth from your investment. That is a reasonable question that helps avoid magazine clutter. In the mission to live clutter free, analyzing incoming paper is critical.

Next, have a plan for magazine afterlife. After all, how many chicken recipes does a person need? That was a defining moment for me. I realized that I already had more recipes just for chicken than I would use in two lifetimes (and I am over halfway through this one).

If you have friends with similar interests, see if they would like to share magazines. After reading a new one, pass it on to the friend within a short but specific time period. If there is a special section that you must keep, make a copy of those few pages, or even better, scan into Evernote. Instead of stacking it under the coffee table or in a corner, save it in the cloud – that is important if you truly want to be living clutter free long term. If you want to save magazines for reference, then do so for a given period of time (and I don’t mean a LIFE time!)

You can use organizers to keep them from being stacked on the coffee table in giant piles. Use these to keep them in a bookshelf. Purge  at the end of the year or during Spring Cleaning. http://cynthialikes.me/CanvasMagazineOrganizer

Is Living Clutter Free Your Goal?

Canvas Magazine Organizer

Canvas Magazine Organizer

If your goal is to live clutter free, don’t let something like a magazine be a boulder in the road to your success. Don’t renew subscriptions you are not using. Share with others when you finish reading new ones. Instead of saving entire magazines, make copies of what you want to save or save them into the cloud with a system such as Evernote.

Think about what types of paper are becoming your clutter and create a plan to overcome the obstacles one by one. If magazine clutter is an issue, make that a priority to resolve.

If you like color and want to fill a shelf with magazines instead of  stacking them on the table and hoping they don’t fall over just about the time guests sit down, these organizers may be just what you need

Magazine Holder

Something like these are colorful yet sturdy and able to contain magazines for several family members yet not leave a mess lying around. These are suggestions of inexpensive and simple ways to keep magazine mania from taking over your place!

What is most important to you – all the pieces of information lying on tables and strewn about the house or relief from chaos and a peaceful restful feeling when you walk into the house at the end of a long and challenging day? Getting a grip on magazines and other paper is a task that will pay big dividends on the effort and time that you invest in getting organized and living clutter free for a lifetime.

Getting Organized? It is #2 Resolution on Google for 2017!

Is getting organized one of your top goals for 2017? I don’t know about you, but I stopped making New Year’s Resolutions several years ago. Instead, about November, I start reviewing what I have achieved in the prior months and what I can do to finish the year strong. It works! Instead of setting resolutions that you are destined to forget, how about making lifestyle changes that work!Getting Organized

Getting Organized – Top Goals for 2017

It can determine the degree in which you succeed  making changes to old habits. Getting organized resonates with 33 million people on the planet. Do you want to get more organized in 2017?  Join a large club of people who want to do the same.

iQuanti has computed the Google resolution results…

“Thinking about what you’d like to do this year? You might be interested to know the most searched New Year’s resolutions on Google (1) (thanks to a data company called iQuanti):

  1. “Get Healthy” – over 62 million searches
  2. “Get Organized” – over 33 million searches
  3. “Live Life to the Fullest” – nearly 19 million searches
  4. “Learn New Hobbies” – over 17 million searches
  5. “Spend Less/Save More” – nearly 16 million searches
  6. “Travel” – nearly 6 million searches
  7. “Read More” – over 4 million searches”

Personally, I can see how 1,2,3,4,5, and 7 can be related.

  1. Get Healthy – Making a meal plan and preparing meals ahead is a great way to start the path to better health. (Getting organized for better health.)
  2. Get Organized – The obvious but simple – things such as getting stuff in order so that time is not wasted looking for what cannot be easily found can mean more time to do the things you want to do…such as travel…need I say more?
  3. Live Life to the Fullest … Hey, living organized is a great way to do that. I remember the years that I struggled to get control of the clutter in my small house  – a home full of clutter is not a way to live a full life.
  4. Learn New Hobbies – Instead of buying more stuff that you will never use, take deliberate actions toward new hobbies that can enrich your life and that of others you share hobby time with!
  5. Spend Less and Save More. After getting organized, you will find you no longer spend money buying things you already own but just can’t locate. Nothing is more frustrating than discovering you had what you spent time and money acquiring again for something needed.
  6. Travel – You can use time and funds saved by your new organizing skills to earmark in your budget under “Travel”. Enjoy your time and make a scrapbook of your journeys to help you remember the good times.
  7. Read More – maybe even about organizing if that is an interest for you. Got lots of books now? You can make index cards of your favorite articles and books so you can return to them. It is not necessary to keep an entire magazine for one good story – make a single copy or cut it out and place in a spiral or notebook for reference.

All the resolutions can enhance lives. But, instead of trying all of them at once, how about making a plan to do the one or two that matter most to you? That will improve your chances of achievement and you will benefit from your goal to be more organized and feel good doing it.

I have lived life both ways and getting organized gave me a life that I enjoy more each day.

Ultimate Clutter Challenge – Paper Clutter

PAPER CLUTTER IS THE WORST PROBLEM EVER

If there is an Achilles heel for clutter, it is PAPER CLUTTER! Paper seems to multiply and grow without limits. It is my own personal challenge. As a personal organizer, my fear is that I will lose information that has already been given to me. Things such as email addresses, phone numbers and even appointment times seem to wind up on little pieces of paper. At the time I do it, it seems like a good idea because I will put it on my calendar or in my computer right away..,,

Then, life happens… Continue reading

Clutter or Organizing – Which Is Your Challenge?
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When you walk into your place – what greets you? Is it the loving family pet, soft music and candlelight – or stuff piled everywhere? As Dr. Phil would say “How’s that working for you?” If your challenge is clutter or organizing then read on to discover the 3 Steps that will help you be an overcomer instead of a victim.

Clutter or Organizing

Clutter or Organizing?

One, do a quick inventory – scan your entry space and take a visual image. What do you see? Do you see piles of stuff, are boxes blocking your entry, or did you just trip over shoes and toys? The first step to a resolution is being honest about the problem. What can you eliminate first? If you live alone, then the problem is yours.

Do you have roommates or others living with you? If that is true, then it is a group problem and takes a group solution. Continue reading

Declutter and Organize – Manage Your Time

Do you need to declutter and organize and manage your time better,  but just don’t seem to have the time to get started? The key is time management. When you complain that you just don’t have enough time, do you get the response that we have the same 24 hours? That is true, but what  you do with those hours can change your chance of success.

You can’t measure what you do not track. So, get started tracking!

Declutter and Organize Manage Your Time

Declutter and Organize Manage Your Time

Break out your trusty planner, dust it off and USE IT! A planner gathering dust or lost in a drawer is not a tool, it is clutter. To turn it into a tool, get it out and put it into use.

Take a sample of 2 or 3 days and track what you do by fifteen minute segments. From when your feet touch the floor upon rising, until you go to bed, make a record of how you spend your time. From this data, look for the following?

  • How much time is spent just getting started?
  • When did you log into your computer and check emails?
  • How much time did you devote to monitoring emails?
  • Where could you have used time better?

Use this information to get insight for where you could use time more efficiently and target your best times to work on your goals for the day.

How can you get more done? We will talk about that soon….