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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Magazine Purge

I don't know if it is the beginnings of spring cleaning or what.  But something moved me recently to go through my magazine "collection" and discard most of what I had.  I began to pull out of magazine racks, baskets, drawers, back of closets, and wherever else I had "stored" them.  I began to  separate them on the floor. 

Some of my fav's:  "Southern Living.  Better Homes and Gardens.  Real and Simple.  Martha Stewart.  This Old House. Coastal Living.  Country Living... 

Plus catalogs from Ballard Designs.  Pottery Barn.  Talbots. Chicos......  

After I took the above picture I found more.  And more.  And some  m o r e.   

Like any girl, I love my magazines!  All those dreamy pictures, helpful articles, delicious recipes.  It is hard to part with them.  But seriously!  When did I think I was ever going to read them again?  What did the year 2004 have that 2011 doesn't?  2004 was the oldest magazine I had.  

Now in my defense, a lot of these magazines I didn't buy off the newsstand.  They were either given to me or I purchased them second hand.  But I knew I needed to bite the bullet and purge. 

I divided them up in bundles and tied them with string for easy hauling. I didn't count them.  I was afraid to. 

Yesterday I dropped them off at my neighborhood thrift store for them to resell.  It helps to know, at least, they aren't going in the recycle bin, lost forever!

But don't cry for me!  No sir.  Lookie, lookie what I now have!

New 2011 magazines! :-)  Out with the old, in with the new, that's what I always say.

My mom gave me a subscription to Southern Living.  I purchased a subscription to Better Homes and Gardens and Country Living off of Amazon.  Did you know they have the lowest subscription rates around? 

I have made a promise to myself to clean out my magazines every 6 months. 
Lord help me.  

It actually feels good to have just a few magazines around, so much easier to enjoy.

What about you?  How do you maintain your magazine "collection"?  When do you toss and when do you keep?  Do share!

Thanks for stopping by!  Libby~ 

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  1. Hi Libby, I found your blog through Wow Us Wednesday, which I will have to join next week. Looks like lots of fun.

    I'm a magazine junkie, too! But I tend to clip ideas from mine and keep them in a decorating notebook. It helps me weed through the magazines more quickly, but there's usually not much left to pass on, so I recycle the rest!

  2. Oh my, there's another magazine hoarder. :) I think we should start a support group. I just purged my magazines too. I guess I probably got rid of three hundred. I had them back to the late nineties. I had never been able to get rid of Country Living. But I finally did it. I haven't decided when I'll do it again. That's a really hard thing to do. :)