Friday, May 9, 2014

Far TOO Many Magazines

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I love to get my favorite magazines in the mail. (Victoria, Teatime, Cottage Journal, Celebrate, Romantic Homes, English Homes, Discover Britain, Country Living, This Old House, Midwest Living, HGTV Magazine, Food Network Magazine...there may be more. That's all I came up with off the top of my head.)

I look forward to reading them. Some I've kept for years.  (I love the old editions of Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion before it became just another ho-hum style magazine and I let my subscription go.) I probably have at least 100 Christmas editions of various magazines that I start hauling out in November to enjoy once again. But lately the piles have gotten out of hand.  It's time to purge.

I hate throwing away useful things, but luckily I've found a way to rehome (at least for a while) my magazines. My sister-in-law isn't a big reader but she has friends who are. So she not only recycles my magazines by taking them into work to share with her friends, but takes any books (and so far not many) I can bear to part with.

I estimate she's taken more than 100 of my outdated magazines into work to share during the past few weeks, but the piles don't seem to have gone down much. My goal is to go through all of them before the end of the summer and tear out stuff that appeals to me and let the rest go to new (and probably temporary) homes. I'm rather surprised that most of them go without me tearing out a single page. So, by the end of the summer, I hope I'll be cured of my magazine hoarding (except for those Christmas issues).  There are still many hours of pleasure to be derived from them before they go.

Is there anything you've found hard to part with?

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15 comments:

Nancy said...

Coffee cups. My youngest daughter has a penchant for giving them to me for special times. I have a cupboard full, and we are short of storage space. I do love them, but I'm hoping she knows I don't have room for one more cup.

Aurian said...

I don't read magazines at all, I get a few of those because I have a customers card to a shop, or whatever, but they go onto the trash unread. Parting me from my books? No way. Not even the DNF ones.

Anonymous said...

I happen to be one of those who can read a book over and oaver again. It is a traumatic experience for me to let them go, even for a good cause. This is why I have had to but a Kindle. There is no more room in my house for a bookcase!

mary kennedy said...

Great post, Lorraine. I have a horrible habit of saving the whole magazine, instead of clipping a couple of articles here and there. I did find a use for my old magazines--I started bringing them into the practice and I find that people really seem to enjoy them!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I loved this post, Lorraine. There should be a 12 step! I too suffer from the need to keep and reread all my faves. I eventually share them with my daughters. It hurts to say good-bye.


Hugs,

MJ

Lorraine Bartlett said...

LOL--I'm so glad I'm not alone in this Mary and MJ.

Sally R said...

Magazines are a HUGE vice. I should not be allowed to buy them, but there they are at the cash register, like a siren.

Anonymous said...

Most public libraries have a spot just for people's discarded magazines to share. Please remember to remove or blank out any personal name/address, etc. You can also give unwanted magazines to elementary school teachers (for kids to cut out pictures), local hospitals and nursing homes.

katherine is love said...

The only magazine I keep is The Sun. It is a literary magazine and each issue has wonderful stories and poems in it. I can't part with them. My old Health, Parents, Shape and Fitness magazines go to the break room at work where people either take them home or read them on breaks.

However...I am a HUGE book hoarder. I just cannot get rid of them. I need to get another bookshelf. My husband, of course, disagrees and says I should just get rid of some books I haven't read in a while...but I am pretty sure I will be getting a new bookshelf for Christmas. :)
I even have boxes of books in our attic. I just can't get rid of them. They are so special to me.

katherine is love said...

Great ideas!

funny games said...

I loved this post, Lorraine

Mary Steinbrink said...

I am going through this same thing right now. I love magazines, but save way too many. Pinterest has helped with this problem, but I still need to clean a bunch out. My first just is to clear out almost ten years of Romantic Homes. I am also amazed that I have barely saved anything out of the ones I have gone though. Good luck with your project! Thanks for a great post!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I usually don't buy them at the grocery store because -- holy cow! Some of them are nearly $10 these days!!! I always wait until the magazines are about to run out before I resubscribe. They usually give you a better price that way.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Wonderful ideas--I hate the thought of them only being read by one person and then tossed.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I love Romantic Homes and also had about ten years worth of them. I think I kept six issues that I can't part with, but I'm not going to cancel my subscription. Just catch and release on a shorter schedule.