by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
When I was growing up, my parents subscribed to two newspapers and lots of magazines, and there were bookshelves FULL of wonderful books to dip into. There was always something to read. (Sadly, my brothers didn't take to reading as much as me.)
During high school, I did a lot of extra credit "reading" projects. I would take a couple of magazines with me on babysitting gigs, read them, and then summarize the articles. No wonder I always got an A in English class. I mean, once the kids were in bed I'd be sitting there for hours with nothing to do but read the magazines. (This was in the days before a million TV channels on cable.)
Mind you, I wasn't the only one hoarding magazines. When we moved here, we also moved in boxes and boxes of National Geographic that Mr. L had been saving since his first issue. But one year for Christmas, my mother gave me a CD boxed set of all the National Geos from day one until present and Mr. L said, "I can part with the paper copies." And he did. And now he reads them and puts them in the recycle bin. Um, it's taken me another ten years to get that far.
But, I'm on this purging kick, so last week I started looking at the old issues of these piles and piles of magazines, determined to pull out the articles and recipes that interested me and chuck the rest. A funny thing happened. I wasn't pulling out all that many articles. Why? Because during the intervening years, my taste in home decorating had changed. Suddenly the recycle bin was FULL of just magazines. (And boy are they heavy to haul down to the end of the driveway for the recycling truck.)
Now that those shelves are almost empty, I can put more of my Mum's cookbooks away. They've been sitting on the floor in the living room for more than a year because ... SURPRISE! I find it very hard to part with books, too. (Hey, I'm an author. I know how much work goes into them!)
Mr. L was quite pleased when I first got on this purging kick. But recently he's hollered, "STOP CLEANING! Go write something." And so ... this blog post.
What's piling up in your home that you find hard to part with?