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Cut Magazine Clutter

After clearing 50 years of magazine clutter that had taken over every conceivable space in a client’s home, I was trying to figure out why it is, that it becomes such a challenge to letting them go?

I don’t know whether the same counts for you that reading magazines is some sort of escapism? I literally lose myself when paging through a glossy magazine; it transports me to a different plane, a plane where dreams are made.  I travel the world without leaving the comfort of my home, I’m inspired by people’s achievements, get ideas that are workable and am motivated to attempt things that often are out of my comfort zone.

It is understandable then, that with this warm fuzzy feeling one experiences when reading magazines, it becomes a challenge to let them go. We all know that magazines are quite pricey but other excuses for keeping them are:

·        You still want to go back to that inspirational article

·        You  are afraid that you might never find the valuable information again

·        You still want to try that recipe

·        You’ve always been looking for that kind of a pattern

·        Wow, what a good idea, you need to remember that!

·        You will finish reading the magazine when you have some time again

·        This is your dream destination, you really want to go there some time.

Unfortunately all these wonderful reasons or excuses lead to magazine clutter and overwhelm. Not only don’t you ever find the article or aspirational idea again when you want it, but the recipe has also funnily enough disappeared!

What should you do to keep track of what you want to know, without hanging on to all those magazines of which some are still sitting in their plastic wrapper?

1.     Subscribe to digital magazines. Do the sensible thing and think of all the trees that you’ll save and save the articles that you want to keep in digital folders. It takes time to get used to read on a digital device but I love the fact that you can even page like a paper magazine on some apps.

2.     Search the web for the information that you need or browse Pinterest for creative ideas and patterns.

3.     Make time to read.  If you don’t schedule time or create a ritual to read your magazines, they will become clutter and end up just sitting in the magazine rack or in a paper pile. I know not all of you will be able to do this, but I like to read an article as I have my coffee when coming home from work just to unwind for a while. Others might like to take a pamper session on the weekend and read it from cover to cover.  

4.     Take action, if you love the tactile feeling of paper and the languid action of paging through a magazine, it doesn’t mean that you need to hang on to it. Take action, scan articles, ideas or recipes and save them digitally in folders or rip them out and file them in binders with folders for each category, so that you can reference them easily when you need, them without searching through piles of magazines.

5.     Donate the magazines to a worthy cause. Sometimes it is easier to let go if you know that someone else will get use of it elsewhere. Retirement homes need extra reading material for their inhabitants. Nursery- and primary schools are constantly looking for magazines for the kids to cut out. Here I just want to reiterate that they be current magazines and age appropriate.

6.     Set a limit. Limit yourself to the number of magazines you subscribe to and those that you are keeping.

7.     Recycle the magazines when you declutter or once you have cut out the pages that you need.  

8.     Take constant action! With every magazine that comes into your home, one should leave – keeping magazine overwhelm in check.

Have a wealth of information, inspiration and motivation at your fingertips whilst not having piles of magazines sitting there waiting to be dealt with and letting you feel guilty about not doing anything about it.

 

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Your Dream Garage in 6 Easy Steps

Do you want space in your garage and actually know what is in it? A pity to think, that this large area of anything between 18 m 2 or 36 m 2 is actually a wasted space unless you start treating it with respect and turn it into a space that works efficiently,  your possessions organised and easily accessible. Continue reading

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Tips to make your move easier

Label boxes

Label boxes

It is now three weeks since we moved into a Lifestyle Village and when people come over, they can’t believe that we have just moved in.

I packed all our possessions myself as I am a little OCD and didn’t want to arrive at my new home with things I do not love or use.
When moving companies pack, they pack everything, and you end up with all your clutter at your new home. I don’t say that they don’t know what they doing, they are very efficient, but leave you with boxes marked for each room and you don’t know what you’ll find in that box, which makes unpacking and zoning difficult. I left the paintings, TV, computer and large furniture items for them to pack.

Today I want to share how I orchestrated my packing for the move. I used orchestrated intentionally for you to ponder Continue reading

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Deal with your unfinished projects

unfinished projectsUnfinished projects do not just take up a lot of physical space contributing to clutter, but also sit in the back of your mind, causing mental clutter and frustration. There is more to it, you feel guilty about the time and money you’ve spent and are disappointed in yourself for not being able to finish them. Continue reading

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Organise your digital photos

Organise your photos into photo books

We all love to capture memorable moments in photos. Whether it is to remember a special occasion, a trip, because something is inspirational or beautiful. In this digital age it is so easy to take loads without incurring any costs. The issue that faces us is to find time to sort through the masses of images, how to store them and then to have them readily available when we want to share them. Continue reading

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