Monday, October 03, 2011

Minimalist Monday: Recycling Those Old Magazines

This week's MM tip will be short and to the point for most of us will be familiar with this situation.  You walk into the living room, sit down, and see some magazines on the coffee table.  Or you walk into your bedroom, notice a stack on your night stand, or maybe you have a basket full in the bathroom.  Perhaps there are some food or DIY magazines on the kitchen counter or at the mail area.  You pick one up and notice the date on it:  March 2009.  You pick another one up and see a reoccurring date theme.  Hmm...these are all from way back when.  You think to yourself, "Have these really been here that long?"  Yep, they have.

We have kept these magazines around thinking that we'll get to reading them, but then they keep arriving in the mail, and the ones you were supposed to read never made it to the top of the stack.  You have too much going on, too many books on the list to read, too many shows to watch on the DVR, too many phone calls to make or return, etc.  Whatever the case may be, these magazines have been long forgotten.  So, what do you do?  Continue to keep them in hopes that maybe this week you can manage to find the time to read 50 or so magazines?  You hate the thought that if you get rid of them, you might miss out on some interesting article about this or that.  Guess what?  More than likely, that article will show up again in another magazine, or better yet, on the web.  And it's not like you've missed it in the first place.  So again, what do you do?  Recycle them! Go ahead, take the plunge, and just do it!  I have stared at my stack of magazines for too long, moving them from one room to another, telling myself, "I WILL get to these."  Nope, haven't done it in 2 years, and I'm pretty sure, since the magazines keep coming in the mail, I probably will never get to them.  So, what are you waiting for?  Say goodbye to those old magazines and start with a fresh slate:  more space in your home, more time to read your current issues, less things to collect dust, and less thinking that there is so much to do, because now you have one less thing on that list.


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