by Susan McCarthy
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Everyday practice: Before planning the time, or purchasing the supplies, to organize a collection of items, question what benefits you get from these items.
Growing up, my parents held onto magazines and so I did too. Each year, my father would sort his car magazines by title, set the back copies in a box and store them in the attic. Consumer reports were kept “for reference” even though categories of products were always being updated to reflect manufacturers’ newest releases.
My mother’s “women’s” magazines filled paper shopping bags and lived in the basement. If I didn’t have a book to read, I’d flip through the musty pages. (As an odd aside, I learned basic 3-ball juggling from a segment in Glamour magazine.) I stored years of TV Guides until I acknowledged that they no longer had value. I now immediately read and recycle the few magazines or publications I still receive.
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Remember, you can always find the same or similar information or instructions from another source. If you subscribe to magazines that you never read, contact the subscription department and cancel the future issues. (You can usually do this online and you may even get a refund of a few dollars.)
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