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:
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!