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Organizing Habit #27

If you are an information junkie this tip is for you. Most likely you are surrounded by stacks of unread magazines and books, piles of articles and information you printed from the internet, and more piles of magazine and newspaper clipping of recipes and pictures of ideas. Sound familiar? If it does then Organizing Habit #27 - Weed all information older than a certain cutoff date that you determine - is for you!

Your level of comfort might be for any unread paper information older than 3 months it can be recycled. For others it might be anything older than one year. BE REALISTIC. Accept the fact that you cannot ever possibly digest it all. Just as you can only comfortably eat until you're full, there is only so much information one can consume before you run out of time and capacity. Ask yourself, “How much can you possibly read before new information is added to your current accumulation?”

Whatever your comfort level is; set it and stick to it. Begin by weeding what you currently have to your comfort level. Then every month remove another month’s worth of paper information to maintain your comfort level of information. Tip: Enter this activity into your calendar as a recurring monthly event to remind you to take action!

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