If you've got lots of magazines in your home, and want to get rid of them, but don't just want to chuck or recycle them, here are the top seven places to donate magazines you should consider.
If you've got a lot of old magazines, chances are you really enjoy reading them, but I hope I've convinced you, as part of the Organizing Magazines, Newspapers & Catalogs Challenge to part with most of your older copies instead of hanging on to them indefinitely.
There are a lot of other people like you, who also love to read the articles, see cool pictures and get some great new ideas from the magazines. Knowing that you'll be giving them to someone who appreciates them will make you feel better about getting them out of your home.
In addition, letting someone else read the magazines is eco-friendly to boot! It is actually even better than recycling, since it is letting someone else "reuse" the item which you were just going to throw away.
Here are the top seven places to consider, in no particular order, when you decide to donate magazines to charity or another organization or business.
One of my favorite places to donate both books and magazines is to my local library. Even if the library does not need the magazines itself, for its patrons, many libraries hold a Friend of the Library Sale where they can sell your used magazines to help with their own fundraising.
Be warned, however, that not all libraries accept these magazine donations, so call ahead and inquire before you drop them all off at their doorstep. (The same goes for all the ideas listed below since not all areas and organizations have the same policies and procedures.)
Many elderly people are looking for items to entertain themselves, especially if it is difficult for them to move around. Therefore, they are often appreciative of new reading material, and also a friendly chat when you come to drop the magazines off.
Our country's solidiers, especially those serving overseas, are often looking for fresh reading material too, and would appreciate your donated magazines.
One place that can help you get these magazines to the troops is Soldiers Angels, which requests that all magazines donated be very recent, and not inappropriate in their content.
If you know of more ways to donate magazines to soldiers, please tell me below in the comments since I'm sure there are other organizations that can also help.
Sitting back and reading a magazine can help you relax and take your mind off things, which is one of the reasons we all enjoy getting them. The same can be true of women and families in shelters who may appreciate something to take their mind off other matters for a while with an interesting article or two.
Any place that has a waiting room, where people are looking to pass the time, is an ideal place to donate magazines.
If you really want to have the recipients appreciate them, choose waiting rooms for businesses and organizations whose clients would enjoy the type of magazines you are donating. For example, if you've got car magazines donate them to the oil change business, or Guideposts (I love that magazine!) to your dentist office waiting room.
My kids, when they were in preschool, used pictures from magazines all the time during arts and crafts. They would cut pictures out and glue them on just about any type of project the teachers could think of.
Schools, preschools and daycare centers are always on the look out for (family friendly) magazines they can use with their kids, to let them have some fun, and they'll really appreciate the resource.
This is actually my favorite suggestion, and actually can be used in combination with any of the other ones above, since the last person in the swap can then donate them to the places listed.
I had a little magazine swap going with several of my friends for a couple of years, before we all started discontinuing our subscriptions because we got too busy with kids, and it was a lot of fun.
I got to read several magazines I didn't even subscribe to, and it was a great excuse for everyone to get together monthly and have a girls night, along with actually trading magazines.
Before you give away any of your old magazines, make sure you remove or mark through the address labels that are on them, so others don't see your name and address.
Further, consider the theme of the magazine before you donate them. You don't want to give somethig inappropriate to small children for example. In addition, try to give hobby type magazines to a group who would enjoy them so they are well appreciated.
If you've got more tips for how to donate magazines, or additional suggestions for places we can all share them in our communities, please tell me below in the comments.
You can find even more tips on decluttering various areas of your home in my decluttering your home series.
Further, if you're trying to get rid of more paper clutter in your home, why let it in, in the first place? Instead, take these steps to stop junk mail from entering your home, with these simple steps.
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