I’ve shared before that I’m a major magazine junkie. I have so many subscriptions that I love and enjoy. This Old House, Southern Living, BHG, Coastal Living, and on and on. My problem is that I can’t part with my magazines once I’ve read them! Same goes for home decorating catalogs like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and Ballard Designs.
They’re so full of great ideas that I hate to throw them away. And so my house is becoming overrun with old magazines. They’re on shelves, in boxes, on end table and in those magazine organizer thingies. Hoarder, anyone?
But I began to see images of my children being crushed by stacks of falling magazines.
This weekend, I finally accepted that I’ll never go back through all my old magazines to find the great ideas. By the time I get to that job, the ideas would probably be so ridiculously outdated. Shag carpet, anyone? Besides, I’m much more likely to get online and search for ideas than I am to browse through old catalogs.
It would have been great if I had been cutting out the inspiring pictures and articles along the way but that didn’t happen. Do I really think I’ll find the time to go back through hundreds of old magazines and do it now? Probably not.
So, I let them go. I pulled out the big garbage can and put them all together for recycling. I wish I had weighed all the bags but I’m willing to bet that I got rid of at least 200 lbs of magazines. That’s an entire person!
The only ones that I kept were my favorite cooking magazine…Cook’s Illustrated. The BEST cooking magazine, in my opinion. And the only one that I happily pay full-price for.
Going forward, I’m going to start cutting out articles and pictures that I want to remember. And I’ll try to organize them in binders like We Are Not Martha recommends. Or maybe I’ll use this simpler system from Org Junkie.
If you’re a techie, you could try organizing your magazine clippings digitally.
I’ve got to tell you…it felt so freeing to finally get rid of that excess clutter! Is there something in your home (or your life) that’s taking up space? If you don’t use it, let it go!