Each week we are posting a one-minute-ish quick video tip on something useful and practical that you can apply right away! Magazines and catalogs and newsletters, oh my! Does your mail pile seem like a bottomless pit? (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded player.)
Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about reading material. We all have it coming in the mailbox every day – the catalogs, the magazines – everybody wants to know how to deal with that. So, I recommend centralizing that reading material as much as possible in what I call a limiting container. This is the basket that I keep in my office and the limitation is the size. When it’s full, it’s my cue to clean it out. So, as you can see, it’s ready to clean out. I’m going to go through this, and anything older than three months is going to get recycled without even a thought, because I know if I haven’t read it in that amount of time, I’m probably never going to. So I just let it go. If I find a publication keeps showing up and I keep recycling it without reading it, I unsubscribe to that publication.
I also keep in here a pouch of reading tools. So, things such as a clipping blade, highlighter pens, a pair of scissors, and some post-it note flags that enable me to clip and highlight things as I’m reading. If you saw my other video on my While You Wait Bag, this is where I go to grab reading material when I’m going to head out so that I can put this in my bag and have things to read while I’m on the go.
If you’d like some tips on how to be more organized with your reading material and other things in your life, we have our website at clutterdiet.com/freetips where you can sign up for our newsletter and get our free report, 30 Ways to Find Time to Get Organized. Again, that’s clutterdiet.com/freetips.
See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.
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