Do you still have magazines around the house or have you gone digital? I have to admit, I gave up buying hard-copy magazines a couple of years ago as a way to both simplify and consume more sustainably. I switched to the monthly service and got access to more magazines online than I could possibly keep up with. But that was the problem. I felt overwhelmed because I had so much content to go through but never enough time and always felt like I was missing something by not getting to them all. And I missed having a glossy magazine in hand and sinking into my favourite chair with a cup of coffee to relax away from computer screens. After all, I've been trying to simplify life by getting away from screens that I spend most of my working hours on. I don't want to spend even more time on them when I'm relaxing.
So I've recently gone back to magazine subscriptions, but I'm being much more selective. I've limited my reading to a few home and garden favourites, and I get rid of any issues that are getting out of date, so the piles don't get monstrous. I've also started trading issues with friends, which is a great way to cut down on spending and accumulating too many around the house. I've actually gotten down to one basket of magazines beside my chair and once it's full, it's time to recycle some or give them away.
And therein lies the task for simplifying your home this week:
1. Take stock of your purchasing habits and subscriptions and intentionally cull down your magazines to only those that are your favourites. You know, those ones you can't wait to devour each month or that you always rip a good recipe out of.
2. Then, figure out a way to organize, store and display the issues that you keep. It could be wall storage, in baskets on floors, or a neat pile at the bottom of your bed, but you should have one or two specific spots where your journals reside and that's it. And once they get full, it's time to get rid of some.
3. Finally, one more task: you know all of those pages we tear out because they have a room with the paint colour we want or a DIY project to try, and stash somewhere but can never find when we need them? Start taking photos of them with your phone instead, and store them on a cloud folder that you can access wherever you are and eliminate paper and folders hanging around. If you must keep the paper copy, perhaps for recipes that you want to keep with your cookbooks, try creating a pretty file folder system like this lovely one below.
Have a great weekend of organizing (and reading)!