Do you love to read? Enjoy catching up on entertainment, sports, fashion, news with a good magazine? My wife and I do too! But in a busy household with two active kids, it’s challenging to find the time to get through our magazines and the pile/clutter starts to build…
So here’s my recommendations/guidelines on de-cluttering that stack of magazines:
- If the magazine is older than 2-3 months, it’s OLD/past season! Flip through it quickly and only keep the pages of articles you “really” want to read. A few pages is more inviting and less intimidating than an entire stack of magazines. Also, keep the reading material where you will read it – bathroom, bedside, by your favorite chair, where you eat breakfast or lunch, etc.
- If you keep/collect magazines – like cooking, Chicago, National Geographic, etc – for future reference, store them properly and keep them organized! When we lived in Chicago and subscribed to Chicago Magazine, we’d keep the annual edition of Best Schools, Best Doctors, Best Restaurants, Where To Fix It, etc. and found these inexpensive magazine files from Ikea to be super helpful! The Container Store has some more expensive magazine files as well. See the photos below for a sample of what is available at Ikea and The Container Store.
- Repurpose magazines and cut out and use pictures from magazines for kid crafts! We do this for our daughter and keep cut outs of food, flowers, people, furniture, etc. in a ziplock bag and she makes photo collages out of them – simple glue stick, sheet of paper or cardboard and creativity! If you have young kids or grandkids in school, check with the teacher/school to see if they want magazine donations for their arts and crafts!
- Recycle! Save some trees and be green – recycle your magazines and newspapers. If your town doesn’t offer curb side recycling with waste/garbage service, many school districts or churches have recycling drop off station.
- Changes to on-line subscriptions! Double bonus – go green and prevent clutter! Switch to on-line subscriptions of your publications and read on your computer, laptop or iPad!
- If you want to save money and go green, see if your public library has the publications you read and schedule time to go and read the magazines there.
Have any other tips or recommendations? Please share and leave a comment! Thanks!
- Workshop Q&A: How to Organize Magazines (creativeorganizing.typepad.com)
- Top Five Places For Clutter in the Home – and What To Do About it (angsays.wordpress.com)
- Cleaning House: Getting Rid of Clutter (gomestic.com)