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Taming the Magazine Madness

Are you like me and anything glossy with pictures and words is just too tempting to pass up? I am a marketer's dream- standing at the checkout line at the grocery store, see the pretty magazines with their recipes and guaranteed ways to lose the dreaded muffin top- and I'm throwing it in my cart as a last minute purchase.  I don't subscribe to magazines (with the exception of my favorite, Southern Living) because as a professional organizer, I know better.
Magazines are clutter, plain and simple.  Especially today with the internet and the fact that most magazines have their articles available online; there is just no reason to have magazines in your house.  Except that I enjoy reading them and thumbing through the pages in those rare moments I have time to myself.  So, what can you do when the fondness for magazines has created a clutter monster?  Here are a few tips:
  • Designate a container to keep magazines in and commit that when it is full, it is time to go through and throw out.
  • I have three ring binders for home decorating ideas, recipes and weight loss articles.  Rip out the articles you want to refer back to and throw the rest of the magazine away. 
  • Donate used magazines to day care centers or nursing homes.  They can be used for crafts, activities and more.
  • Keep in mind that information is constantly changing so keeping articles about certain things, like health and parenting, can prove to be obsolete in just a few years.
  • Resist the urge to feel like if you let go of the information you will never find it again.  Almost anything you have ever read in a magazine is now available via an internet search engine.
  • Save magazines for special occasions- reading in a waiting room, on vacation, etc.  I enjoy flipping through magazines at the doctor's office because I rarely have them at home anymore.
  • Share a subscription with a friend.  My grandmother and I both enjoy Real Simple magazine.  So, she has a subscription.  She reads it and gets the info she wants from the latest issue and then passes it on to me.  I keep the articles that interest me and then recycle the rest of the issue.  That magazine gets a lot of use before the two of us are done with it.
Happy reading!

posted on: 5/26/2009 9:00:00 AM by Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama
category: Family

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Melissa Smallwood is a professional organizer and mom of three boys (ages 15, 12 and 11). Melissa's motto is live...laugh....love and everything else will fall into place!

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