Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sunday, My Decluttering Day

Last Sunday, I decided to do some housekeeping with my magazines. I have various titles, but I chose SHAPE (Malaysia edition) to begin my decluttering project.

My magazines from January to November 2009

From start to finish, it took me about 6 hours to complete the exercise of reviewing useful or important articles, cutting them out, underlining important points, and sorting them into their respective folders. I thumbed through a year's worth of material, from January to November 2009. Unfortunately, I missed out the December issue at the newsstand. In this post, I'd like to share with you what I did.

Items you'd need:
  1. Clear folders
  2. Magazines
  3. Scissors
  4. Cutter
  5. Ruler
  6. Colored pens (I picked red)
How I did it:

I go through the magazines, re-read them, underline important points with my red pen and cut them out. I slot them into clear folders based on their topics.

For the clear folders, I picked covers that are orange in color because it's such a vibrant color. They're A4 in size and has 20 clear pockets. These clear folders can be quite pricey but I managed to find very affordable ones at MYR6.90 (~US$2) each.

Each folder represents a topic and here's what I've got in file:
  1. Live Healthy / Shape Your Life
  2. Get Fit
  3. Look Great
  4. Eat Right
'Live Healthy' contains articles on general health issues such as weight management, sleep issues, mental health, etc.

'Get Fit' contains articles on getting in shape such as running, walking, exercise equipment, etc.

'Look Great' is about beauty and contains articles on face, hair, skin, and even shopping for shoes.

'Eat Right' contains articles on getting the right nutrition for your body and eating the right food.

Pending: I also have some cutouts on celebrity interviews on what they do to keep fit and stay healthy, but I would need to find time to file them up properly.

This is how my files look like. What's nice about this is that SHAPE has a nice 'cover or intro page' for each section, so I borrowed them for the first page of my folders.

There you go. It's a simple exercise that will make future reading or reference of a particular article much, much easier. It also saves space because I toss away the rest of the magazines to make way for new ones.

Do you cut your magazines and organize them in one way or another? I'd love to hear from you!