I started leaving some magazines (Businessweek, Outside, Bon Appetit), in the laundry room and lo and behold, at least one other person picked up on the idea and started leaving magazines as well, so now I have access to National Geographic.

Next, I’ll try leaving some CDs and see what happens.

If you decide to do something similar, remember the unspoken ground rule: As long as it has not been picked up, it is still yours e.g. if it sits there for weeks or returns, it probably means that nobody is interested, and it is your job to get rid of it.

Originally posted 2009-01-23 15:10:31.