And it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
Decluttering (getting rid of all the things we don’t need, use, or love) is the fastest way to lose the weight this holiday season. Today, I chose to pair down my magazine stash. All 93 pounds of it. You see, I like looking at pretty things. I’m sure you do too. I like reading about how to prepare tasty dishes, coordinate paint colors, and repair leaky faucets. I take pleasure in flipping through the glossy pages. And because I take so much pleasure, I keep them around for a second or third look. I stash them in magazine boxes by title or theme. I lay out a few on the coffee table for quick glances at designer furnishings I can only dream off. Maybe a few end up in the car so that I’ve got something to check out while waiting in line. They even end up in the bathroom.
But how often do I really give these delicate inspirations a second look? Really? Rarely. If ever.
You see, I like the idea of being able to access them. I paid good money for and have been gifted subscriptions in the past. If I didn’t get a chance to read through them when they came in the door, I surely wanted to save them for a moment when I could.
But those moments are increasingly rare. I have a life I love. I have a family I enjoy. I’ve got kids that keep me on my toes (and not lounging on the couch…..though I wish I could). Those publications end up 10th or 11th on my “things to do” in a day, and they just don’t get done.
So instead of holding on to the weight, the dust they collect, and the space they steal, I’m letting go. I’m giving myself permission to pass on the pages that I never got a chance to read. And I’m thrilled!
Now I have more space for the things I love, use, and need.
Now there will be less to keep dusted and stacked.
Now I have more time to enjoy the things I love instead of worrying about the things I’m neglecting.
If you’re ready to thin out your publication piles, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- 13 Magazines are roughly 10 pounds. (This varies with the type of subscription.)
- 15 Magazines take up roughly 5 inches of space width-wise when standing up and about 10-12 inches when stacked.
- Almost every image and tidbit of information contained in the subscription is available online. (You may need to pay for an online subscription, but managing electronic documents doesn’t take nearly as much work as sifting through printed publications.)
- Doctors’ offices, local gyms, and other public service locations will take up to 5 magazines on average. Your subscription information must be removed first.
- If you’re parting with more than 5 magazines, consider recycling. If you don’t have recycling service through your waste management provider, click here to find the nearest dropoff.
Decluttering will impact your health and wellness too! Clearing your space will hone your decision making skills. It will also help you deal with some of the emotions (stress, guilt, depression, etc.) connected to eating. (Think that sounds crazy? Check this link out for more info!) Their air in your home will become cleaner as you have less dust to deal with. Your health will improve and your ability to process foods will do likewise. I’m not promising a personal 25 pound loss. I’m not even promising a 5 pound loss. I’m only promising that decluttering will have a positive effect on your body.