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How long do you keep newspapers and magazines?

By March 7, 2013

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Daily System from Pottery BarnI tend to keep newspapers, magazines and fliers (think: the new course book for my city's continuing ed program, a flyer about the summer church service schedule) way, way beyond their expiration date.

They pile up in the kitchen, in my home office, and I often find last week's magazine section in my handbag, often un-read.

Does this happen to you? What do you do about it? I've done three things:

  1. Since it's something I enjoy and felt bad about missing, I started scheduling time to read the newspaper.
  2. I also started quickly scanning the paper and ripping out articles I'm interested in right away. I carry those with my in my handbag to read while waiting for a meeting to begin or when a friend's late to meet me for coffee. Since news paper is so light, it's very portable and I don't mind carrying it around for a few days.
  3. I implemented a regimen for how long I will keep papers like magazines and newspapers.

How long do you keep paper "clutter"?


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