If the articles can be access online I copy the link into an excel document that I have, it allows me to also organize them by subject matter. I also type up any notes I take from conferences into my computer. Otherwise everything else is stacked up in my office closet.
Good luck with your purge.
Deanna aka FES Fitness
Based on content. Stretching, arms, cardio, back health. And/or type: nutrition, motivation,
Behavior – motivation, positive tips, encouragement..
Nutrition – shopping lists, recipes
Full body workouts –
Specific body – arms, legs…
Yes, just a bit of sarcasm 😉
Marcum Healthy 🙂
My next step has been to gather all of my fitness materials (not equipment, just reference materials) from various places in the house and put them in one area.
The books and VCR tapes have been purged.
The paper copies of articles is taking time to wade through. For now, I’ve got a notebook for my favorite articles that I’ve been filling, and the articles that I want to keep but aren’t my favorites are going into a drawer. I recycled two large bags of articles, notes, old choreography, and fliers for equipment.
I also bought bins for my DVDs that I want to keep, and have been amalgamating them all into bins by type.
I use a few flexible criteria to discard reference material.
1) If I haven’t looked at within the last 6 months, there is a good chance it needs to go. I scan it and if I can’t come up with a solid reason to keep it, It is gone. I do have a few classic texts that I am keeping because they are the first texts I ever bought and just might be worth more than sentiment in few years. And If I haven’t looked at in over a year, there better be a good reason to keep. Otherwise, I would need a storage unit for my material. Not happening.
2) If the information is outdated or if I never applied it to what I am doing, it is long gone. I don’t keep any material that I haven’t found a use for within six months of having study it.
3) If I can easily acces the material online, I almost always toss the hard copy. And I try to see if I can get it digitally now instead of buying hard copies.
I always take my old material to the library first. If they don’t want it, I go to a used book store next. If they don’t want it, I try to recycle it. The trash is the last place I go to for almost everything these days.