I love magazines. I love to read them cover to cover. Some of my favorites are home improvement magazines, cooking magazines, and especially flying magazines. I love to keep them and go back and look at the pictures for various home improvement projects that I thought some day I would like to do. The problem was getting out of hand. I bought those handy storage containers for storing magazines. I thought if they were kept neatly it was okay to keep them all. They were taking up space in closets and shelves in just about every room in my house and some in the attic and garage.
One of the websites I frequent often is a home management system called FLYlady.net. Each month she has a goal to work on in your home to make it a more enjoyable place to live. This month the goal is to get rid of paper clutter. She says living in clutter robs you of your peace.
One reference she made when she made this statement was that we all love to stay in a nice clean motel/hotel. What is it about it that we like? It is the fact that it is uncluttered. That’s what I want in my home. Uncluttered and peaceful. I am not a hoarder like the new TV reality shows but I do have areas in my home that have been taken over by my magazines and fabric that I use for sewing.
Tuesday morning my grandson Jack and I loaded up the truck of my car and drove to the local recycling center and dropped them off. Oh how I was tempted when I saw the cover of several magazines and wanted to keep just this one copy or maybe two as I was putting them into the recycling bin.
Then I found myself looking at what others had put in for recycling and realized that their magazines were different from the ones I was bringing and started to pick them up and read. I put them back and thought of my goal of a clean, peaceful, and uncluttered home. Bringing magazines home with me did not fit into my goal. It’s a good thing I had Jack to keep me moving.
The next thing on my list as far as paper clutter is all of my household records. I love office supplies so I have found ways to keep just about everything paper for our household. If I go in my attic I could find a box that contains receipts for what I paid for fuel oil for our first home. We haven’t lived there since 1992. It would be interesting trivia to read but I don’t think I need them anymore.
My goal is to work on paring down all this paper for 15 minutes a day. That I can handle. I’ve already begun to tackle the mail each day as it comes into the home. I stand next to the paper shredder, recycling and trash and sort immediately. With four adults in our home we get a lot of mail.
I’m feeling better already about my home and the spaces that I have cleared of clutter. Sorry Tyler that the magazines had to go, I know your love of magazines, but the peace is worth it. I will always read magazines just not keep them as long as I have in the past and pass them along to others to share.
I’ll let you know of my progress at the end of the month.
My new idea of an uncluttered, calm, and peaceful life!
October 7, 2010 at 11:26 am
OK, you can throw out all those magazines, except for the flying mags… 🙂
October 7, 2010 at 11:33 am
I kept the Flight Training magazines and Aviation Safety magazines. So much information in them that I can truly use for flying.
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October 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm
Oh no!! I felt my heart sink when I saw that photo with the magazines in the trunk and thought, “Uh-oh, I know where this is going!”
I congratulate you for making that move. (Although I’ll take a few copies next time you’re cleaning out!) We struggle with the same thing in our household and at work. We’re moving offices at work and I had to ditch hundreds of copies of our magazines. It made me sick.
What is it that makes it hard? I think it’s because magazines are the midway point between disposable newspapers and non-trashable books. It feels wasteful to ditch them but obsessive to save them.
Good luck finding your peace! 🙂
October 7, 2010 at 9:21 pm
I knew it would have that effect on you. It was truly hard to let them go. I agree that it feels wasteful.
I always bring magazines to school for the teachers to use and some up to our local library where we can trade magazines with others.
I hated to take them for recycling but much better than throwing them in the trash.
I’ll be sure to send some your way the next time I feel the need to purge.