Task 10 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge

The Organised Housewife Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here).

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My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit


Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks - Task 10


I know a few weeks ago I set the task to declutter books and bookshelves.  This week is a little similar, but one task I get asked about regularly.  What to do with all the old food magazines?  I am known for having a Donna Hay magazine or two lying around, once I have read a magazine I usually rip out the recipes I know I would like to cook and then place the magazine in the recycling.

Todays task is to:

Go through all your magazines, cooking, decorating etc and remove only the pages you would like to keep.  See below for idea on how to store recipes to try.  For decorating and all other magazines create a scrapbook filled with pages for inspiration.

Be sure to visit the blog tomorrow,
I will show you how to organise all your favourite recipes!

What type of magazines do you need to purge?

I would like to see a photo of your purge pile on Instagram, use the hashtag #declutter52


Organising Recipes you want to try

You can read more detail here about how I store and organise all the recipes I want to try

view all challenge tasks here

 Please join the Declutter Challenge, I truly hope that together we can make a difference in your home


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Miss Maudy March 5, 2014 - 3:06 PM

OOh, one I’ve actually been able to do! I tidied my cookbook case on the weekend, culled 30+ cookbooks. They’re mostly those cheapy little $5 cookbooks that I never ever use (plus a couple of bigger ones I don’t particularly like or use) and have a neat little pile of 6-8 magazines to rip before next recycling day. Of course, I think culling 30 cookbooks means I can buy more…

Kat - The Organised Housewife March 6, 2014 - 6:53 PM

Haha, doesn’t it always 😉

Glampam March 8, 2014 - 8:16 PM

I use that kind of BOSO philosophy now with lots of stuff – If you want to Buy One, you gotta Shift One first! Either recycle, sell or donate it – amazing how you are more careful about impulse buying!

Anne March 6, 2014 - 9:18 AM

Several years ago a friend (affectionately) commented that the only domesticated thing about me was that I lived in a house…..
So, some time after I learned to eat but long before I learned how to cook, I started collecting a lever arch file filled with recipes I gathered from everywhere; chefs I worked with, friends, family, magazines….. The folder became overly full so I ‘temporarily’ started to fill plastic bags semi-sorted into basic categories. After years of neglect (where I still hadn’t started cooking beyond scrambled eggs on toast and porridge) they overflowed from the book shelf to expand into a pile of bags on the floor of the study…..I was doomed.
Then along came the wonders of TV and chefs like Jamie O and Hugh F-W, Nigella et al – who made the previously daunting seem impossibly easy and tasty; and so finally I expanded my skills from ‘assembling from a packet and garnishing with flair’ to actually creating a meal from scratch. And it was edible…..well some of it was….
Fast forward to late last year, in a mad frenzy I culled almost a whole wheelie bin’s worth of recipes. It took me an entire rainy weekend – mainly because I promised myself I would only keep those recipes that were healthier than how I was currently cooking; so that meant I had to read all of them in order to decide if I wanted to actually eat the end result!
Now my recipes are in their own individual folders – I couldn’t actually cull back to fit them all in one – but it’s a start. I plan to try one a week and if it doesn’t rate an 8/10 or higher then it too will go in the wheelie bin.
Well that’s the plan. The cull was last year, it’s now March, and I haven’t started. I am a natural born procrastinator. Oscar Wilde would’ve been proud of me: “Never put off until tomorrow, what can be left till the day after”……sigh….I have dreams of being organised and efficient but it is a struggle some days. One day though it will be Katrina who is proud of me instead!

Kat - The Organised Housewife March 6, 2014 - 6:53 PM

What a great story!! Good on you!!

Michelle July 17, 2015 - 8:28 AM

I just had to tell you how much I love your blog and, specifically, the emails! The Daily Inspiration always makes me smile or inspires me. And the Daily Task is, many days, the only thing that I can say I have actually accomplished!! Thank you so much for the motivation!! (In the mind and in the house!!) ????

Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 17, 2015 - 11:26 AM

Ooh that is so lovely to hear Michelle, thank you! x

Aileen. Robinson July 17, 2015 - 8:38 AM

I started to cull food and recipe books also my husbands bowls and fishing books and magazines I take at least 4 or 5 with me each time I visit a doctors or dentist, I have found the staff always say thanks, People will only ” take” the ones they want and do appreciate them. Much better than binning them.


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