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Reducing more clutter one piece of paper at a time.

Was it possible that the appliance manuals reproduced by themselves?

Seriously though I organized them (almost) all together within the last year but left it at that. Going through them was interesting. We had manuals from dishwashers, telephones, car seats and more items that we no longer own. To be honest some of them may have been from appliances currently residing in homes we no longer own. The end result after the purge, that included some manuals I figure could be looked up online, was significant.

Then I realized where the rest of the manuals were…                  Sometimes de-cluttering seems endless. Old paperwork, receipts for contact lens and chiropractor appointments, and all sorts of other junk was found semi-organized in an accordion file that hadn’t seen the light of day since it was filled. Most bills and paper work had dates of 2005 and prior so that about sums it up. Only about 30% went back in the file and the rest was recycled except for a couple of things that had to be thrown away.

Within the last year I went through our magazines and recycled or donated most of them. Some articles, recipes or pictures I saved thinking that maybe they would be useful in the future. None of the pages were even looked at since. Ruthlessly the pile was trimmed yesterday to seven sheets that again might be inspirational or useful.

In the future I will try not to buy magazines. It’s just more unneccessary clutter in our house. Eventually every magazine bought will need to be recycled or donated and I’d rather not have to do that. It’s not worth it to me to go through this process again. Sure recycling is a great thing. Not having to recycle because the item was never acquired in the first place is a way better thing though. It’s lazy man recycling. Magazines can be read for free at the library, book stores and online these days.

This is just another snapshot of some of the de-cluttering I have been up to. A baby gate with a free sign on it was just picked up off my curb minutes ago. More clothes left the house to compensate for the new clothes I bought a few weeks ago. One cookbook was recycled (except for the binding) and another one donated. Little by little our home is getting under control. My goal is to make less and less garbage and put out less and less recycling.

What’s one of the things cluttering up your home?


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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