Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Works for Me Wednesday: Reducing Magazine/recipe/website Clutter
I love magazines, my dear hubby does not like a pile of magazine lying around that have been there for years, and date back several years. So my solution was to create file folders with different categories: gardening, decor, recipes, etc.. when I get a magazine I read it, maybe even dogear some pages, then after a few weeks I go through them and tear out the articles or pictures I want to keep and place them in appropriate files. This is wonderful because then when I want to find something on gardening, instead of digging through 20 magazines, I go right to the folder and look for the article there. You could even laminate favorite ones, or place them in sleeves in binders (something I'm thinking about doing). I also organize my favorites this way for my internet sites. I categorize the folders and save sites in there according to subject: homeschool, home decor, cooking, health, gardening, vacations, etc.. I used this method when we moved and I went through all my recipes and recipe books. There were certain books, that I had really never used, or made one recipe out of it. I went through and tore out those pages and put them in a folder (soon to be re-organized into binders. I did use photo albums, but once the recipes were in there, I couldn't pull them off without ripping them, so I'd like to buy binders, decorate the covers really cute and use clear sleeves for the recipes. The other key is regularly going through all folders, websites and cleaning them out. If I haven't used them or realize I don't like it as much anymore, I throw it away.