I hope you managed to lost some layers whilst tackling our overcoats category last week! I let go of three and now have one long coat and one mid-length off at the dry cleaners in preparation for packing them away – such a good feeling!
This week we start on one of the easy categories of paper that clutters up our homes – those piles of magazines that collect.
I do have a confession to make before we go any further.
I love flicking through magazines! They are full of short reads, beautiful imagery, inspiration, puzzles, recipes…..so many opportunities.
My favourites include Donna Hay magazines which I have subscribed to for many years (I also have a number of her cook books which are well loved and frequently used). I have accumulated a beautifully stacked pile of around 70 of them now.
All of these magazines have beautiful imagery and delicious recipes. I pore through the new edition almost as soon as it appears in our mailbox ready to try out something new.
How many times have I actually made something? I would say I have made something out of at least 50% of them which isn’t to bad. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for other magazines that come in the door, but I having onto them with the best intentions of revisiting the pages again…..sometime. In the meantime, they are collecting dust and taking up a good amount of space (or should I say, a bad amount of space!).
So how do we decide what stays and what goes?
Revisit the criteria I suggested you create during Week 1 to assist you in making decisions about your overcoats.
My first big move in tackling this category is to review my subscriptions and random supermarket purchases.
Consider sharing a subscription with someone, or go digital. I have moved to digital subscriptions for my three favourite mags. I use Zinio on my iPad for this (no kickbacks or sponsorships here) and there are always specials going (but beware the email spam). I still get the pleasure of enjoying my faves and can bookmark pages and revisit them. They arent taking up a stack of space anymore and I have cut my costs too so it is a win all around.
How long should I ideally keep magazines for?
The ideal is once it has been read or when the new edition arrived – whichever comes first. You can set your own time limit with consideration to your space, your propensity to re-read and the type of contents. Gossip in a women’s mag is out of date before you turn the page, so there is little benefit in hanging onto it long term.
What do I do with the keepers – you know, those articles or recipes you want to hang on to?
Take a photo and store it electronically. Set up a folder on your computer and name things well.
Add the page/pages into a reference folder. I have one for recipes. The added benefit of a folder is that it also provides me with a physical limit so when the folder is bulging, I review and edit.
What do I do with the ones that no longer have a purpose for me?
If they are in good condition, you could sell, swap or donate them.
- Sell or Swap:
o Swap with your friends or family. Consider in the future either sharing a subscription, or if you have a couple of favourites in common, have a subscription each and then swap so you both get to read them for half the price and half the clutter.
o Facebook Marketplace
o Garage Sale (the Garage Sale Trail is coming up very soon!)
- Donate options (please contact them first to discuss their needs):
o Doctors surgeries/medical centres
o Nursing homes
o Hospitals (emergency department, ICU waiting areas etc)
o Preschools and day care centres for crafting
Some mags are popular second hand. I listed my Donna Hay mags (bar 8 of them which are my selected “treasures”) on the Facebook marketplace and got a buyer very quickly. Don’t expect to recoup your costs, but it could be worth your while.
If they are well read, they will need to be recycled.
How did you go?
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