Welcome to the 22nd day of the 31 Days of 10-minute Purging Tasks Challenge. Today we will be working on purging magazine and newspapers. If you don’t have a pile of either to got through, look back over the past 21 days and choose a different purging task to work on today. Our goal is to eliminate things we don’t need from our lives and home so that we can better enjoy life.
Many of us hold onto magazines and newspapers because we haven’t found time to read them. If that’s the case for you week after week, then you need to consider eliminating some or many of your subscriptions. You can also consider using online subscriptions rather than print versions.
Take Everything Out- Keep in mind we’re doing this in 10 minutes, so only take out as much as you can go through in that time. You can come back to the other items another time you have 10 minutes. Lay the items you take out on a table or the floor.
Group Like Items Together – Quickly group like items together. You may choose to group them by date, by type or by publication, whatever makes sense to you.
Evaluate – Look at each group you’ve created. Are there any you can let go of now? Be realistic you may want to read them, but will you be able to find the time to? You may pull out recipes or articles only if you will read them or try them in the next month. Place the pages you remove in a file folder and write the date one month from today on it. If you haven’t read it by then, the articles and recipes need to be recycled.
Purge – Remove items you don’t need to keep and place them in one of your 6 purging bags. Check with your local preschool, elementary school and disabled adult center to see if they can use magazines or newspapers. Funding has been reduced to these organizations in the past 5 -10 years. Many of these organizations are happy to take donations that they can use for craft projects and activities.
Put Everything Away – Put the items you’ve decided to keep back away. You may only keep the folder with the articles you removed if you commit to going through it in the next month.
You may want to make easy magazine flowers before you recycle all your magazines.
You can use a Sweater Organizing Bin to hold your remaining magazines and newspapers.
Or you an make free magazine or file holders like these I used in my repurposed office organizing.
Day 22 is done. Woo hoo! Please join me tomorrow for Day 23 in the 31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Tips challenge. Let’s purge some more to make room so you can enjoy life more.