Good Housekeeping magazine ponders the question of tear out favorite articles vs. saving whole magazines in its May 2010 issue. In a story called “5-Minute Clutter Cures,” professional organizer Lorie Marrero, author of The Clutter Diet (Reason Press, $17.95), offers a series of quick tips for keeping one’s home from descending into complete chaos.
One tip: For tackling stacks of unread (gasp) magazines, Marrero recommends removing any articles you might want to read and storing them in a two-pocket folder. Recycle the rest of the magazines and go through your “must read” folder as time permits.
Yes, well, hmm. I have to admit I’ve been overwhelmed by magazines and newspapers. My triage technique involves flagging stories I don’t have time or energy to read and then returning to the magazine
later. However, if you don’t mind facing a folder of suggested reading material, Marrero’s method does offer an instant solution to clutter.
Meanwhile, Marrero may appear on some of the pages readers have filed away at her urging; over the past few months she has offered advice on organizing and de-cluttering in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal magazine, Woman’s Day magazine and Consumer Reports magazine.
Oh, and speaking of saving whole issues, according to O, the Oprah Magazine’s May 2010 issue, one in four readers save all copies of the magazine.