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*Expired* Minimizing Monday, Minimizing Magazines

by Freebies4Mom on August 18, 2008 7:52 am

You might think that I have a problem with getting too many free magazines? And maybe those free magazines are cluttering up my house? Well, this week’s Minimizing Monday: Mountains of Magazines is here to help me. But since magazines were an item I recognized a long time ago has having a huge clutter potential and a low likelihood of me actually rereading past issues, I don’t have a clutter problem with magazines. I only keep current issues in my house to browse. I do find time to quickly browse my magazines, but when I’m done I don’t let them hang around in my house. This week’s challenge has inspired me to donate my magazines because the container I have dedicated to old magazines and books to donate is full. I donate my magazines to a charity that specifically collects them to distribute to local hospitals, nursing homes and other places in Houston that can use them. There are lots of other ways to give magazines a second life and I assure you that you’ll find some new ones on Minimizing Monday today.

How did you do on last week’s challenge to clean out your medicine cabinet? I didn’t think I would have many expired items in my medicine cabinet, but I was mistaken once I started actually looking at the expiration dates. I was surprised by how many things I had stashed away, and how many infant products I still had for my youngest son who is now a toddler. I discovered that participating in the Minimizing Monday Challenge I was motivated to do a household cleanup task that I dreaded and would never have done on my own. Thank you Kendra at Handprints on the Wall! If you’ve been participating in the Minimizing Monday Challenge, please leave a comment and let us know how it has helped you.

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Cindy August 18, 2008 at 8:05 am

I save my magazines and donate them to a lady I met who takes them to different Dr offices and the Walter Reed Medical Center (for wounded soldiers and vets). Her husband goes to the dr all the time, and she said the magazines are always years old.I used to just recycle them at our dump, but now I feel like this is a better way to recycle them.I have a few plastic boxes in my kitchen that I throw my recycle stuff in, and when the magazine container gets full, I send her an email.

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Kendra at Hand Prints On The Wall August 18, 2008 at 8:24 am

Donating magazines is a great way to keep your home clutter free once you are done with them. I am so happy that you enjoy my minimizing efforts with me! Thanks for sharing Heather!

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Selena August 18, 2008 at 2:15 pm

I pass any home/garden and womens magazines onto my mother or neighbor, and cut pictures from the parenting magazines to make collages with my toddler. She loves looking at pictures of other babies, and things that little kids love– toys, puppies, bugs. And she loves the gluing part! The cut-up leftovers go in recycling.

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Kama August 23, 2008 at 6:46 pm

That’s a great idea to keep them in a tub. I donate old magazines to my brother who is a teacher. He uses them with his students to do projects at school and it saves all of them money (they don’t have to go buy the magazines).

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