Over the weekend I began purging the house of junk. Buying and subscribing to magazines has always been a weakness of mine. I used to subscribe to 4 or 5 magazines. Now only one. And I doubt I will renew that one. I was also known to buy a few magazines a month at the checkout lane. I really do LOVE magazines.
During the we-own-two-houses-and-have-no-money era I knew I had to cease with the checkout line magazine buying. At almost $5 a pop, it was just not possible to keep that habit going.
I did hold onto all my old issues of magazines though… I
have had stacks and stacks of magazines. Under the bed. In a nightstand drawer. In a big basket in the living room. In a box in the storage area. In my office. In the bathroom. You get the idea.
Earlier in 2010 I thought I finally had the strength to get rid of them. I did the clip-great-articles-to-look-at-later thing. They are neatly filed in a couple of accordian file things. And in six months I haven’t needed one of those articles. I did decrease the size of a few stacks that way.
So, thoroughly sick of my piles of junk I decided to cull the magazines. While my family laughed I measured my success…. 24 inches of recycling! TWO full feet of magazines stacked up!
I did save a few, and they are in the basket in the living room. Of course there are a couple of magazines in the bathroom too.
While I’m happy to be rid of TWO FEET of clutter, I can’t help but think that I may be missing out on something.
- 11,387 tips for beating stress
- 9,026 great uses for a handy kitchen tool we all own
- 23,612 great beauty products under $12.73
- Answers to all my parenting questions… complete with cute crafts.
- 795 super foods to make me bionic
- 817 foods that will kill me
- Detailed directions to every effective exercise move. Ever.
- 679 ways to brighten up any room
- 912 ways to organize any room
- 1190 ways to clean practically anything
That is a LOT of great information. And I’m getting rid of it!!! What am I thinking!?!?
Oh. Wait. I know! I have a library. And they have magazines.
Have you noticed that every magazine has some combination of the following:
- How to look better
- How to feel better/be healthier
- How to handle some common problem experienced by 90% of the population
- A handful of new! seasonal! recipes
- How to decorate/prepare for the current season/holiday
- and of course… HOT! NEW! TRENDS!
I was at the library tonight to help Grace with some research for a speech. I also spent 20 minutes reading some magazines I had resisted at the grocery store last week. Next time though, I need to remember a little notebook and pen so I can write down really great ideas and websites to check out that are mentioned in articles.
So how about you? Do you love or hate magazines?