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  1. I don’t read a lot of magazines, but our library offers many digital versions of popular magazines through Zinio. If I feel like reading a magazine I just download it and read it on my tablet for free. My biggest challenge is photographs… I have boxes of the things, but sorting through and scanning them seems like an impossible task

    • It’s not impossible, Sharon. Make it a weekend ritual (say, every Sunday afternoon) to work on it. Sort out just one box of photographs every Sunday, do that every weekend till you’re done. When finished you’ll probably have several stacks of photographs, sorted by year, topic or whatever.

      Scanning photographs isn’t intellectually challenging work, so continue your weekend ritual by spending just one hour working through a stack. Some days you’ll be glad when that hour is over, some days you’ll be ‘in the zone’ and you’ll realise you just spent three hours on it.

      And don’t forget to congratulate yourself every weekend for getting a bit closer to your goal. :-)

  2. Anne

    Number 8 is undoubtedly my favorite due to the fact that my dear children have a difficult time letting go of their artwork. What a great idea to have them choose a few favorites each year to add to a yearbook of our family. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I hate paper bills delivered to my mail box, but I recently found out my satellite TV company had raised my fees without my knowledge through the paper bill they mailed me. I probably wouldn’t have noticed since my bill is paid automatically from my checking account.

    • Courtney Carver

      Felix, most utility companies offer online statements so you can still review your bill and pay on your own time. I generally steer away from auto payments.

  4. I better about having less paper and more focused paper, but I definitely can use this list to fine tune!

  5. This is something I’m working on this year. Baby steps…

  6. Our printserver keeps playing up so currently the only way to print is to go upstairs with the laptop and plug it in directly. Consquently as we are a lazy bunch we rarely bother and have we missed it? No.

  7. Vada

    What a timely post for me! I just threw out my yearbooks last weekend. At first I thought to save the pages that contained my photo, but then thought, why? While cleaning and sorting I also came across two very large storage bins containing my 25-year-old son’s elementary school artwork. I plan to go through them this weekend, photograph some (or maybe all), and then let them go. As for magazines, I am on a stop-spending kick for the year and am just a little ashamed to admit that I went to the magazine rack at Target a few times to look through Country Living (one of the few my library doesn’t get).

  8. Marla

    Our printer died years ago and, as an experiment, we didn’t replace it to see if we missed it. Not at all! Occasionally, something does need to be printed; however, walking to the library (less than a mile) and paying per page does not create a habit.

    Thank you for some more ideas to expand upon this concept.

  9. Courtney, i really appreciate your blog and no doubt this article is very stunning. This article maes me pause for a while and read and i really enjoy reading this article becasue it is very informative.

  10. Kate Bell

    Courtney thanks again for an awesome list that is very clear. I am just beginning to really attempt to not only stop the inflow of paper but to deal with the stacks of it that are all over the house. My husband has willingly taken on the chore of shredding the backlog of items that must be taken care of that way…I find it way too boring and too noisy. Thanks for your continued support and helpful ideas.

  11. I hate paying for printer cartridges, and so I haven’t used my printer in nearly two years. Like Marla, I just hop over to my library if I REALLY need to print something!

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