Dear Perceptive Readers,
Here are several tips from Perceptive Reader Kim from Switzerland
2 - I created a folder to store magazine articles. When I've finished
reading a magazine I cut out the articles I want and put it in my folder.
Then I throw the rest. This allows me to get rid of all the extra unnecessary
pages AND advertisments in the magazine and have only one folder (for the
moment at least) with the articles I will actually use. I have separated
it in sections of Sports, Cooking recipes, Inspiration, etc.... It saves
up a LOT of space and allows me to get rid of all these magazines hanging
around. And I only have 1 subscription. ; )
Hi Rita, Here are some ideas to avoid paper clutter: (I live in Sweden and have no idea how this applies to other countries.)
- Share your newspaper with a friend or eighbour. Split the cost and save paper. The same can be done with subscriptions to magazines.
- Here at my local libraries there is an option when you use your card to NOT have a receipt of your books. That is because the system they use is on-line and you see what you have there as well as reserve books. Of course some want to have a receipt to remember when to return their book(s) but in my case I do without.
- I don't know if this has happened in the US yet but here in Sweden there's a change with offering people receipts. By law a shop has to and if you shop all day you quickly add up small notes you probably throw away later. Now there are starting to be sites and companies which will offer to send your receipt to your cell phone electronically - of course the store needs to be signed up so it's a part of the program and I'm not sure it's happened yet on many places.
- I'm not sure what they are called in the US but there are some big companies which collect addresses you can write to and ask they don't send you junk mail or credit card offers. Most junk mail here is delivered not by mail but by people walking with small carts and if you have a sign on your door or mailbox saying "no junkmail please" they are to respect that and only deliver "important information" like the information about different parties which comes before an election.
- Some organizations I belong to let me read their magazine on-line if
they have my e-mail address. They then send me a link to the magazine and
I read it on-line. That works fine with me. If something is worth saving
I can print it out and I have one item less to put in the recyle bin. It
costs them less money and paper too, not having to print out that issue
and mailing it.
Hi, Rita: I'm a list maker. It's my favourite way to stay organized, prioritize, accomplish goals, and reduce stress. I take great satisfaction in crossing off every item, circling or highlighting any loose ends, and bringing forward tasks and reminders that need later attention.
When I started ecluttering my home and office (the same space, two functions), I had trouble throwing out old paper lists—pages and pages of them, on the desk and the coffee table, mixed in with the bills, in my purse and briefcase, in boxes in the basement, and in the car. I felt anxious that they might contain an item I had forgotten about, or an important phone number, or an idea I had jotted down in a moment of inspiration. But I learned to recycle them and let go.
I still make just as many lists, if not more. But between my smart phone, my laptop, and my calendar software, I now keep all lists electronically, at my fingertips: easy to find and refer to, simple to update and reuse, one click to print, and gratifying to highlight or cross off.
Now my lists take up zero space, with no paper to handle, except for
any printouts—which go straight in the recycling bin when I'm done with
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook,
The Clutter-Busting Handbook and
Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed
Des Plaines, IL 60018
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