I want to discuss another Guilty-Quilty secret today.
Magazines. I love 'em. I hoard them.
Recently while clearing out a corner of the second BR I found a cache of fashion magazines from 09.( Not ashamed.) I took them for lakeside enjoyment and recycled them right there so they didn't come home with me. That's progress my friends.
Living in a relatively uncluttered hotel environment for a few days made me come home and start going through piles of stuff in our
So many un-read brand-new old magazines. All new to me, all fresh and un-bent.
All full of surprises I need to know, patterns I want to make, pretty colors, advice I need, interviews with people I want to know, and lots of pictures.
Years ago when I worked in a middle school, I ran group counseling sessions. One of my activities was to have each student stand in front of the class and list as quickly as possible all the small things they love or that make them happy.
These kids #1 usually focused on what they hated and #2.didn't know how to listen to another person without judging. I modeled the exercise first for them and learned a lot about myself!
One of the things I just love is freshly laundered sheets and towels. Another is gooey desserts, another is anything new.
I just love a new magazine. LOVE. I won't open them because I want to be settled down to really appreciate them, not see a couple pages then put them down, all used and bent and un-new now. I would never breeze through a magazine first then go back to articles. Oh no, that would break the surprise.
Anyway I unearthed lots of un-read magazines. This is how I am handling it:
I stacked them up according to type on my dining room table, and am devising a way to keep track of the ones I read but want to keep. Like Home Companion by Mary Englebreit, and Quilting Arts among others.
Each type will get it's own magazine holder.
I used to pull out an article to keep and recycle the rest however it is unsatisfying to dig through these flimsy articles later. I tried marking the pages with little flags but they get dusty and bent. I tried ripping out everything but what I thought I might want to keep and the cover, so I could store more magazines in one holder. This works but they feel so anemic and skinny...
It makes me sad for some crazy reason!! Like, loss. Loss of clutter should feel better, shouldn't it?
Today I thought, I will use an index card for each magazine, with the word "read" ( done) and pages noted with patterns I might want and tuck the index card inside the front cover. Then tear out the adverts and uninteresting articles and then store them in a holder with their mates.
I started with some Quilter's Newsletters. They are now torn down to the keep pages but still in their covers. I sorted them by date, and found I had several of the same month. People give me magazines, and because I wasn't organized I had duplicates. I took 5 years worth of QN magazines down to one magazine holder!
I will keep all the Home Companions intact. Other titles may go intact into the recycling bin after reading. Some will be torn down to the essentials. I get to have my cake and eat it too. Kind of.
I hope to have all of one kind together in a holder.
I have two shelves worth of white IKEA magazine holders, that look very tidy when stored together.
It will take some time to go through my lovely mags.
Do you have similar obsessions, and how do you deal with space issues? LeeAnna