Declutter & Stop Catalogs {15 Minute Mission}

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Today's mission is to stop catalogs that you don't want to receive anymore, and declutter excess of these catalogs as well so you aren't overwhelmed by them.

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This mission is designed to be done during the Organizing Magazines, Newspapers & Catalogs Challenge here on the site.

The first part of this mission is to look around and declutter your catalogs, winnowing it down to a much more reasonable number that you can keep in one small area of your home.

Some people have been struggling this week with whether to save certain articles from magazines that they feel may be relevant to them in the future. The thing about decluttering catalogs that is easier to deal with, as compared to decluttering magazines, is that the stuff in catalogs is, by its very nature, short term. When a new catalog comes out it typically means what was available in the old catalog probably isn't anymore, or if it is, you can find it in the new catalogs, with updated prices and other information.

That makes it a bit easier to get rid of excess catalogs. There really isn't a good reason to save the old ones.

When taking on this task you can easily get rid of:
  • Duplicates

  • Older issues, especially those from previous seasons
Once you've decluttered don't let yourself build back up too large of a collection of these booklets again.

Instead, get in the habit of using the one in, one out rule, and when you receive the next catalog from that company throw the old one out.

Of course, when I say "throw it out," I really mean get it out of your home. As always I encourage you to recycle your catalogs instead of trashing them. Just like magazines, most catalogs can be recycled!

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Stop Unwanted Catalogs From Coming To Your Home

The second part of this mission, after you've decluttered excess catalogs, is to ensure that you don't have to spend more time than necessary in the future doing this again.

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Sure, the one in, one out rule will help significantly in keeping the catalogs from piling up.

But, what about catalogs that you'd rather not have at all. It isn't just me that receives certain of these books in the mail and wonders, why in the world did the company think I would ever, in a million years, be interested in this?

Those types of unwanted catalogs are the prime candidates to stop from even entering your house. It's good for the environment, and it is good for your sanity to not waste any time on them in the future.

To help you out with this part of the mission check out my article on how to stop junk mail, and let your mailbox thank you!

Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

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I hope this has gotten you inspired to declutter your catalogs.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

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Handle it Once
by: Mary

When I receive catalogs in the junk mail I flip through it to see if there's anything interesting. Since I rarely order anything from catalogs I toss them into the recycling bin. Once a magazine is read it gets passed on to a friend who is on a budget and can't spare the money for a subscription. Recipes or articles I want to keep get scanned and saved on my computer. I try to handle this stuff only once. Also, go through your mail EVERY DAY instead of tossing it on a pile. This is a huge help.

Don't let it in!
by: Anonymous

When I get unwanted mail, flyers, catalogs, etc, I stop at the recycling bin on the way into my house and toss it in. That way it doesn't get mixed in with other papers I WILL need. Make sure to open the junk mail/credit card/"looks real" mail if it has your name or other info on it. Toss the envelope and insert, rip out or pull out the part with your info, and shred it! I have a small mail or receipt size shredder in my kitchen. I keep a small gift bag next to it and drop in the personal stuff. When I'm in the kitchen waiting for something to boil or cook I shred a few things! I have a bigger tub full of important things that are too much for me to shred. That goes out when our area has community shred days.

Unwanted catalogs
by: Anonymous

You can call the 800 number listed to order items and request that your name be removed from their mail list. Everyone I spoke to was very polite and assured me they would do that.

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