Are you a chronic magazine subscriber? Do you waste time looking through magazines or catalogs that you don’t really love? Do you have a stash of old catalogs that you are keeping for no discernible reason? Guilty as charged.
Every time a Chadwicks catalog comes in the mail, I look through it, even though each one is almost exactly like the previous one and even though I hardly ever order anything from them. I have a knee-high pile of religious magazines that I have read, but will never read again. I’ve got B&H catalogs for photographic equipment that sit forlornly on my office shelves. Why do I have all these things when I can easily find all this information online? It is time to stop using my house as a garbage can and get rid of all this unnecessary paper!
I used to get two photography magazines. I really liked these, but realized some time ago that the stack was getting too high. So I went through each one and pulled out articles that I liked and put them all in a 3-inch binder. I have looked in that binder once. Don’t fall into this trap! It will just waste your time. Honestly, every article I kept contains information that I can easily and quickly discover on the internet.
Dealing with magazines and catalogs is easy. Throw them all away. That’s it. The only exceptions I can think of is when you have personally been published in a magazine and feel the need to keep it, or if there is a particular magazine (a single issue) that brings you a great amount of joy. Otherwise, grab your recycle bin and fill it up!
This challenge is based on the KonMari method found in the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If you are just joining us, be sure to start at the beginning! It’s very important to go in order! You can also visit my Transform Your Home, Transform Your Life page for all the previous posts in this series. Don’t feel like you have to catch up if you are just finding this challenge now! Just make sure to start doing the weekly challenges from the beginning, and you will be fine!
Next week’s challenge: Papers