If you’re looking for an uncluttering project for this weekend, consider organizing your newspapers and magazines.
- Gather together all of your newspapers and magazines and set them on a flat work surface.
- Toss into the recycling bin all of your newspapers that are more than a day old.
- Recycle immediately any magazine that you know you will never get around to reading.
- If you have read and flagged articles in any of your magazines, either scan them so that you have a digital copy or see if you can find an online copy and save it to your digital notebook (e.g. Evernote). Then, recycle the magazine.
- Any magazine you haven’t read that you still want to read, write a due date, on the cover of the magazine with a magic marker. If you haven’t read it by the due date, recycle it on the spot.
- Put the magazines you intend to read in a location where you’ll see them and read them. Then, as time permits, pick them up and enjoy the publications.
- Finally, remove the unwanted newspapers and magazines from your home.
Although we use the word “recycle” in this article, we don’t necessarily mean sending magazines and newspapers into the waste stream. There are other options for these items. For example:
- Animal shelters can often use old newspapers to line cages.
- Charity shops may appreciate newspapers to pack fragile items for customers.
- Waiting rooms in medical centers, seniors’ centers, and other care homes may appreciate recent magazines in relatively good condition.
Ask around in your community to see if there is a place to donate your newspapers and magazines.
If your newspapers and magazines are already in order, check out our list of other weekend project ideas.
This post was originally published in May 2008.