Friday, November 7, 2014

How to deal with magazine clutter

Most people would agree that nothing beats lying on the couch on a Sunday afternoon, flipping through a magazine and getting inspired by wonderful ideas - even in this digitised age.

Most people would agree that nothing beats lying on the couch on a Sunday afternoon, flipping through a magazine and getting inspired by wonderful ideas.

Why do you keep magazines?

Most of us can’t withstand the glossy magazines that just ooze beautiful décor, style and design.

- You are filled with nostalgia and can’t wait to kick back with a cup of coffee and just page through it. Magazines are a source of inspiration and leisure. Some are useful to refer to for different reasons.

- You have every intention of typing up the recipes you wish to keep, hence you can’t get yourself to tear up the magazine, but never get around to it. You may also still want to donate some magazines to the library, doctor’s or treatment rooms.

- In the balance of these, you then mark the pages that inspire you, with flags, but never get to action these.

- In a bout of inspiration, you tackle a couple of magazines each night, tear out pages, but never get to file any of these pages, nor get to recycle the RIP’d magazines.

As much as we love printed matter, magazines contribute to a clutter problem for many.

Keep your magazine collection in check and stop the clutter from piling up.

What to do with the information or inspiration that we want to retain?

1. Keep the special magazines in stylish magazine holders or on a coffee table where you are bound to read them.

Keep the special magazines in stylish magazine holders or on a coffee table where you are bound to read them.

2. Use ring binders for different categories, like home, garden and recipes. Tear out the pages whilst reading the magazine. Place them in a container to file, if you don’t feel like organising them immediately.

Once you get round to filing these, put each page into a plastic sheet protector in the designated file. Use tabbed dividers for sub-categories within your file.

In an action file, have the stuff that you wish to do. Try out the recipes, keep only the ones that appeal to you and file those. Recycle the rest.

As you add ideas to your ‘inspiration’ files, check if you don’t have a similar article already. Keep the better of the two.

The challenge with this is that you end up with loads of files which you might never refer to. Or you may have something on the flip side of a recipe page that you would like to put into your home file... so, what to do?

Get the best of both worlds

As you read your magazine, scan whatever interests you right where you are with your smart phone, using Apps like “Google Drive”.

Keep your magazine collection in check and stop the clutter from piling up.

Snap and crop only the part you want and save it to a file or folder - you can then retrieve it on any of your electronic devices whenever you need it. You can readily share and edit it, and if you search for a specific word in the content, searching for an item becomes even more expedient.

Purge the physical magazine

Be honest, think about it… how often have you actually referred back to your magazines, the pages and pages you have filed? Don’t you think that it is time to let them go?

- Cut back on subscriptions if you notice that you don’t get to read all your magazines.

- Pass them on to family or friends after you have read them and relish in the thought that someone else can enjoy them.

- Keep them until the new issues arrive - follow the ‘one in one out’ principle.

- Donate to retirement homes, waiting rooms, libraries and schools (remember to donate age appropriate magazines to schools.) Ensure that they actually want them, so that you help, and do not inconvenience them with your clutter.

- Be creative - use colourful pages from magazines to make collages and envelopes.

- Donate hobby magazines to groups who would enjoy and use them.

- Recycle the magazines that are boring, or the RIP’d magazines after having removed what is of interest.

- Sell magazines that have collectors value online.

Peace of mind

Enjoy your magazines without the feeling of still having to do something with them.

By organising the information, recipes and inspiration in an accessible way, it will leave you calmer, without your mind constantly telling you to go back and search for the recipe or the inspiration for your front garden. - Heidi Meyer


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