In these covidest of times, have you put your stack(s) of magazines to good use? Made the collages? Created the vision boards? Read all the articles you’ve been meaning to?
No? You’re not alone. The magazines have languished since well before the pandemic and you’ll still have them long after we’ve forgotten about covid if you skip this week’s challenge.
Week 2: Move your Magazines
Whether you have a teetering stack on the corner of the staircase or a hefty selection of bathroom reading, magazines are a staple of the cluttered house. Every month, new issues arrive, to be flipped through before landing on the coffee table. You’ll read them later, when you have time really dig in. They collect dust and slither off the table onto the floor. This makes them unhappy – magazines want to be read or used.
Your coffee table is for the book you’re reading, the remote and a place to set down your cup of tea. Stacking it with magazines, no matter how organized the piles are, just crowds the table. When the pandemic lifts and we have people over again, no one’s coming to read through your magazines – they’re coming to see you!
How to Declutter Magazines
Almost all magazines come with a date printed on the front cover. Use that information to create rules that help you decide whether to keep them.
will you keep the last three months?
will you keep everything in the current year?
will you keep the last three issues?
What to Do With Unwanted Magazines
Recycle them. Because of hygiene worries, during covid times, your donations most likely won’t be appreciated or accepted.
Tempted to save them for post-pandemic donation? Unfortunately, no matter how interesting your period collection of People magazines from the Seventies is, there are few takers for out-of-date periodicals.
You could fuss around with listing them on eBay, but there are so many magazines in circulation that it’s very hard to find someone to take them off your hands.
You could also tell yourself you’ll drop off them off at child-care centers, hospitals and community college libraries, but you’ve been meaning to do that for years now, and still the stacks remain.
Set them free and start fresh with the latest issues. If you find it’s been a while since you read a magazine and the format has changed or the articles have become less in-depth, this is a good opportunity to cancel your subscription. If you only ever kept a magazine because it was a freebie, take a moment when the next issue comes to read through and decide if it’s worth your time to allow it to keep coming into your space.
Convinced I’m completely out of order? Please send me pictures of your freshly-created vision boards and tell me how many magazines you read this week. If the magazines are being used, they’re not clutter but if they’re not, this is a good time to see if you can let a few of them go.
Covid is going to end – while we wait, here are 30 decluttering challenges to give you the freedom to come out from behind your screens and have people over again. If you get to the end of all 30 challenges and we’re still dealing with the pandemic, well, at least you’ll be dealing with it from an organized home!