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The Relief of Recycling

I'm one of those people who are not full-blown hoarders, but I could definitely be described as a "pack rat". I hold on to stuff mainly to avoid throwing something away that I could possibly use in the future. I hate the thought of wasting things, as it seems like throwing money away, and a crime against Nature--obviously, it's more environmentally friendly to cut down on producing waste, so repurposing or reusing things is ideal. However, this hanging on to things does tend to lead to clutter.

Enter recycling. Recycling allows me to feel a lot better about letting things go. I recycle everything that my city takes, which is a lot--plastic, glass, metal, paper, newspapers. I shop with packaging in mind--if it's not recyclable, I try to avoid buying it. Anything that can be recycled gets chucked, and I can save my pack-rat ways for things that can't be recycled.

My favorite way to declutter is with magazines - I used to save magazines if they had articles or other interesting info that I might want to refer back to. Of course, that leads to piles of magazines. These days, I just tear out the few pages that are relevant, and chuck the rest in the recycling bin! The pages that remain are easily stored in a folder.

There's a lot less clutter around here!

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allen0187 wrote on April 1, 2015, 7:51 PM

This is a good tip but I'm one of those who do not want to tear pages from either magazines or books. I'd rather keep the whole magazine intact. I'm old fashioned in that way.

Feisty56 wrote on April 1, 2015, 8:03 PM

I think this is a practical way to solve two problems -- the clutter of the magazines and being able to retrieve the information you saved for the future.

bestwriter wrote on April 1, 2015, 8:24 PM

I used to tear off the jokes section but these days I do not have the time. I give away our old magazines to the nuns.

MelissaE wrote on April 1, 2015, 10:18 PM

I'm one of those who no longer reads print magazine. I subscribe to Readly.

valmnz wrote on April 2, 2015, 1:45 AM

The only magazines i subscribe to these days are food and cooking ones and it will be a while before i bring myself to part with any of them!

carolscash wrote on April 2, 2015, 8:29 PM

What a simple idea and yet one that not many people think of. Most will keep the entire magazine instead of just a few articles.

GemOfAGirl wrote on April 26, 2015, 10:59 PM

If there's an article I want to keep for future reference, I usually just scan those pages into my hard drive and then get rid of the entire magazine.

Of course, this is not feasible for my National Geographics. I'm one of those people that has been collecting them for years, and I have about two decades' worth in slipcases. Impractical? Yes. They still take up a lot of room. But at least they're organized!