“Selfie-Discipline” #12 – Recycle Magazines

Even though e-readers have become popular, many people enjoy a hard-copy magazine or two. Some of us love paging through picture catalogs. Both of these are fine! A problem arises only when we allow them to pile up.

In order to keep magazines and catalogs at bay, first establish a space in which they will live, such as a basket. Once a week, flip through your collection and recycle those you are finished with. If you aren’t sure whether you will should hold onto a magazine, follow the “one in/one out” rule. When the next issue arrives, recycle the previous one, whether it has been read or not.

The good news is, almost all items in a catalog can be viewed online, so you can still shop even if you have recycled the paper version. The same is true for many magazines. Never keep a magazine because you feel guilty that you paid for it and haven’t read it. You don’t spend money to feel guilty!

Keep these items circulating so you always have a little reading, but never too much.

Do you still read paper magazines and catalogs? How many would you guess you have in your space right now?

8 thoughts on ““Selfie-Discipline” #12 – Recycle Magazines”

    1. I like leafing through catalogs now and then, but I know they are just advertising. As long as I have an “expiration date,” I don’t worry about them piling up.

  1. Great reminder. I tend to keep catalogs that have an item I might buy and then for get about it and they pile up. I am going to go through that pile right now!

  2. I have a magazine share circle. It’s great because each month when we get together, we share our magazines and there’s absolutely no guilt over letting them go. (and it’s a great incentive to read them before out get together)

    1. That is a terrific idea, Susan. I love it. It saves money as well, since you get to read a bunch of magazines you don’t have to pay to acquire. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. I only have one magazine I read regularly – Yankee Magazine (the New England Magazine) but I have a stack of four or so! They were a gift so I do admit to feeling a little guilty but I really do keep them for bath time! When I can wrestle the phone away.

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