Welcome to www.OnlineOrganizing.com -- A World Of Organizing Solutions Your Order Your Shopping Cart About Us Contact Us Site Map
Do You Need Help Getting Organized?Shop For Organizing And Business Development ProductsProfessional Organizing ServicesFind A Seminar, Workshop, Or Keynote SpeakerRead Our Two Free Monthly NewslettersFree Organizing Tips And AdviceResources For Professional OrganizersLearn How To Become A Professional OrganizerUseful Organizing Website LinksUseful Organizing Website Links


Search for:

Category:

You Are Here: Home - Blogs

NEW! - Keywords For This Page:   Recycling - Getting Rid Of - Junk Mail

Blog: Keeping Busy Families Organized
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


Keeping Busy Families Organized: < Previous Post - Next Post >
Blog Central: < Previous Post - Next Post >



Discuss This Post



There are no comments.



Add a comment about this post:
Name:
Comment:
(Note: To reduce blogspam, HTML tags are not permitted in blog comments and will be removed)
Please Enter The Following Code:
In order to cut down on SPAM, we ask that you enter the code exactly as shown in image below. If you can't read the code, simply select "Load New Code" and a different graphic will appear. Cookies must be enabled on your web browser.
Code Image - Please contact webmaster if you have problems seeing this image code Load New Code
Powered by Web Wiz CAPTCHA version 2.01
Copyright ©2005-2006 Web Wiz

 



Keeping Busy Families Organized


by Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama

View This Blog

   Subscribe To This Blog

About Melissa:

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!

Melissa's Website:

www.organizedlifebydesign.com




Related Products:



Wiz Through Your Household Clutter

Power De-Cluttering Course

No More Junk Mail

What Is All This Stuff?

Generations Of Life And Love

Fatigue Be Gone!

Where To Discard, Donate, Sell, Recycle Anything


View More...

Add this page to your Bookmarks!

E-mail this page to a friend!







www.OnlineOrganizing.com is a service mark of Bradford, LLC.
Content on this site is © Bradford, LLC, All rights reserved.

If you notice any problems with this site, please contact our webmaster.
And if you don't see what you need you are welcome to "ask the organizer" any question!

To see what people are saying about www.OnlineOrganizing.com, check out our visitor comments.

Click here to view our privacy policy.

Calendar Of Organizing Holidays And Events Blog Central Sign Up For Our Free Online Newsletters Join The Conversation At Our Organizing Discussion Board Advertise Your Company On Our Website Be An Affiliate Of www.OnlineOrganizing.com