52 Weeks: #13 Purge magazine backlogs
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A couple of weeks ago when I posted about watching a movie to get things done, I was surprised to see how many of you hadn’t thought to do that before. Then I realized that not everyone is addicted to television like I am..hahaha! However (and here’s where I justify it) I rarely ever just sit and watch without also doing something else. It’s how I get most things done in fact. I sometimes see these beautiful laundry rooms with folding tables or shelves and I always think, oh my word, who in their right mind stands to fold laundry staring at nothing in their laundry rooms? I seriously could never do it. I would put off that chore until the cows come home. Instead, I dump my big ol laundry basket out on my bed and pop in an episode of something on the TV (we don’t have any kind of cable or satellite anymore but oh how I love watching old TV shows on DVD) and get to work. It turns a drudgery job into one I actually look forward to. This works for so many things including many areas of organizing as well. Drawers are a great example. Most of them can come right out of their slots making them portable. Turn on a show and start sorting. Challenge yourself to continue for as long as your show is running. You will be amazed at what you can get done!
Last week I loved the great job Mom Starting From Scratch did organizing her electronics/cords drawer. Something like this is an excellent project to do while watching TV :)
Love it! She did an awesome job sorting all those cords and dividing them up using boxes she had on hand and just cutting off the tops. Way to go!
Now let’s talk magazines for a minute shall we? Put your hands up if you love them as much as I do? I really do but now I try to get them from the library to read because that way there is an imposed deadline to have them read by. If they don’t get read before they are due than oh well, back to the library they go and I avoid the piles scattered around my home. Do you have these piles? Take a look? In my book, Clutter Rehab, I suggest as a good rule of thumb not keeping more than 3 months worth of a backlog. If you haven’t read a magazine that’s been sitting there for three months, chances are pretty good you aren’t going to. Cut your losses, take a deep breath of relief and consider donating them to a local hospital or other charity. It will feel great, I promise! Having them piled up, staring you down is just another visual reminder of something left undone. Why torture yourself like that?
Another reason people hang onto their magazines is because there is an article or recipe they want to reference. If this is the case, go through the magazines and rip out those pages or if there isn’t many scan them into your computer. Create a file folder or binder to collect this information but really be brutally honest with yourself here. Don’t continue to burden yourself with projects to build, recipes to make or crafts to try if in this season of life you can honestly say you just don’t have the time. It’s okay. And remember, next month there will be many more articles striving to get your time and attention. Be strong!
Okay my friends, now I have to ask how you all did maintaining your homes last week? Were you able to stay on top of it? I read this blurp on the funny Bearded Iris site last week in reference to daily maintenance and loved the analogy.
Maintaining is much much easier and less painful than the initial work it takes to get a space looking that good. It’s just like going to the dentist. If you floss everyday (which I do!), those bi-annual dentist visits are much easier, right? Same thing with your house. It’s just that sometimes we need a big ol’ painful scraping session to get to the point where we can easily maintain it on our own. That’s what led me to Org Junkie… I had gone too long without “flossing” my house. But now I’m back on track and things are definitely starting to look bright and shiny around here.
Awesome advice! :)
Your questions of the week:
- How far back does your magazine backlog go?
- Will you be able to part with some of them? What is the hardest part of doing this for you?
- What area(s) are on your list for next week?
- For fun…do you do your laundry folding standing up at a table or sitting down?
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