Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Great Magazine Cull
I still remember exactly when I bought my first 'Real Living' magazine. We had just driven seven hours down to Esperance where Paul had to work for the week. In need of some good reading material to keep me occupied, I wandered into town and made a stop at the local newsagent where I discovered issue number two on the shelves for the first time. I curled up on the couch and read every word of it from cover to cover, returning home inspired and with a whole heap of ideas to try around our home.
Since then, I have religiously bought every issue of the magazine (for the past two years I’ve had a subscription) and have bookmarked many a page for future inspiration. My pile of magazines on the coffee table beside our lounge gradually grew and grew into two and then three piles, weighing the room down visually with its clutter and creating a hoarder-like corner in our home.
Not one to usually hang on to unnecessary items, my collection was one area I was happy to overlook…
Firstly, my magazine tower was a stark contrast to my simple living mantra. Secondly, I have chosen not to renew my 'Real Living' magazine subscription. I’ve recently found myself drawn to other magazines with less of a focus on trends and style and more of an emphasis on lifestyle and homemaking articles. Last year, I discovered 'The Simple Things' magazine. Stumbling upon it was like discovering a publication that had been written specifically for me.
As part of my beginning of the year de-clutter, I’ve decided it’s time to tackle and pare back my stash. The pile has since been moved to our bedroom where I am gradually working through each issue, re-reading and tearing out favourite pages and stories to be added to a ‘file of favourites’ and keeping only cut-outs that I really and truly want to refer to again. I have a feeling this will be an on-going task for at least the next little while...
Is there a magazine you buy without fail each month? Do you have a hoarder’s stash or do simply tear out pages which are ‘keepers’?