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?
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
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.