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Minimize the Magazine Mess


Quick! Count the number of magazines that clutter your house! If it’s more than a couple dozen, you need help. Here’s a few handy tips to unclutter your magazines.

1. Don’t subscribe. The easiest option is always to keep junk out of your house. If you don’t subscribe to magazines, you don’t have to worry about any mess from them.

2. Read online. There are lots of magazines online. Even the most basic magazines have at least a few articles online. This gives you all the info without the mess.

3. Visit the stacks. Most libraries have a great selection of magazines. If you don’t have a library card, go get one.

4. Swap them. Do you have friends that enjoy magazines as well? They’d probably be willing to do a magazine exchange. I’m going to start swapping Fast Company for Wired.

5. Recycle. Did you know that only about 20% of magazines are currently recycled? But you can easily recycle them with newspapers. Clear your clutter and help the planet!

6. Snip and scan. When you find articles you really want to save, clip them out. Drop them in a scanner (like the ScanSnap), and you’ll have them forever. 1′s and 0′s take up a lot less space.

7. Buy the DVDs. Lots of magazines sell old issues on CD or DVD. You can get things like MAD Magazine and National Geographic in this format.

8. Get cases. If you’re still clinging to the paper at this point, at least organize them. Invest in some quality magazine cases and they won’t be slipping all over your bookshelves.

How do you deal with magazines?

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7 Responses to “Minimize the Magazine Mess”

  1. Malin
    February 6th, 2008

    That is great tips Andrew! Not new to me though since I started doing them all about a couple of years ago. Got sick of them lying around ;)

  2. Andrew Flusche
    February 6th, 2008

    Malin – I’m glad to hear that you’re a step ahead of some people. I had a pretty large collection of magazines a while ago, but we used them as packing material for a move! :)

  3. m
    February 7th, 2008

    I refuse to use the public library until the patriot act is repealed.

  4. Modern Living Room Furniture
    February 8th, 2008

    Good tips there! I already follow some of those suggestions, especially about recycling.

  5. Andrew Flusche
    February 9th, 2008

    m – I don’t think the Patriot Act is much of a reason to avoid the public library. You’re not checking out books on bombs, are you? You don’t have much to be scared of by borrowing a movie or television show.

    Modern – I’m glad to hear that you recycle. I definitely need to get better about that!

  6. kris
    February 9th, 2008

    basically I drown in them, feel guilty, swear I’ll never subscribe to another mag, but then I get one of those “incredible offers.”

    I do the mag swap at the library.

    Actually I’ve cut down a lot, but it’s still hard. I guess the best thing is to “allow” yourself to just read the parts you like and not feel guilty about not reading the whole thing.

  7. Andrew Flusche
    February 10th, 2008

    kris – I think the key is moderation. If we allow ourselves a few magazines, we can hopefully keep a tolerable level of clutter.

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