January 24, 2011

How Many Back Issues of Magazines Do You Keep?

Ahh, the start of a new year.

New beginnings.

Fresh starts.

Sort. Purge. Assess. Containerize. Enjoy.

I love Real Simple magazine. It's clean and to-the-point.

I have had years of back issues. I was saving them because they are chock-full of great information.

But it is time to purge baby purge.

So, I started with this issue.
I went through each issue and sorted them into two categories: articles to read and recipes.

It feels so good to recycle these babies.

Now when I get my new issue of Real Simple, I read it and then tear out and organize the articles and recipes. Well, sort of. Now, I have to go through the stack of interesting things to read.

Do you keep any magazines and if so, how do you organize them?

"Thank God for dirty dishes,
they have a tale to tell;
while others may go hungry,
we're eating very well."
- Author Unknown

39 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

My problem is reading a magazine halfway through and then starting a new one...so they stack up. I recently tossed a ton, going back a year and started fresh. I tear out recipes for a special folder...another thing that later has to be purged. I hope I don't start to accumulate more, those stacks are heavy.

Good luck with your orgnaization!

XO,
Jane

Jo said...

Carmie, so happy to see you address this problem, I can't bear to throw away my magizines..I seem to collect them and never want to get rid of them, once MrNLOL, convinced me to throw away some mag's, and I regret it to this day. I collect:Real Simple,Southern Living,Better Homes and Gardens,and Martha Steward!..
Just can't part with 'em!!!!

Have a fun time, with the purge,if you can!!!hehehe
~Jo
~LazyonLoblolly

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

I used to keep them all, but now I recyle them after reading. I just keep my coastal living magazines indefenitly, they are so pretty and I have a box of car magazines in storage.

Tracy said...

I have an entire drawer of scrapbook magazines. I've tried to sort them with ideas that I use but haven't been able to tear out the sheets to organize. The worst part is I haven't worked on my scrapbooks in four years so they are really old.

Ellen said...

When I start to accumulate a few issues of each magazines, I go through them and rip out what I want then recycle the rest. Then I sort them and go through them to decide what recipes, crafts or ideas I want to try, then do a second recycle.

Ali said...

I use to keep gobs of magazines. Then I tore out only the recipes I wanted. THEN, I got rid of ALL of em, but I created a recipe book of sorts by using bookmarks online. So, I still have all the recipes I want, but it is saved digitally. Which is nice, since I can access them anywhere.

I do have about half a dozen Donna Hay magazines. They cost $10 a piece, which is a lot, and they are so nice, I just can't seem to throw them out.

Jill of all Trades said...

When you figure that 2/3 of most magazies are advertising, it doesn't make sense for me to store piles of them. I rip out articles or inspirational pictues, holepunch them and put them in binders by category. It takes up far less space. And if there's a helpful article I neglected to save, there's always the Internet.

Sugared Grapefruit said...

eek! I am so glad to know that I am not the only one that does this! I also just purged about 20 magazines but saved the recipe articles or makeup looks that I wanted to try.

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Great post! I keep only a few entire magazines (Martha Stewart and Southern Living) I just recently organized them by months. All the January issues are bundled together and so on. The rest I tear out article that I like and will file them in file folders according to what they are. (crafts, decorating, recipes...)

Janet Ellis said...

Good Morning Carmie, I used to keep ALOT of magazines. Then when I had to move one year into a transitional living space, I was confronted with the "choice" of storing or purging. Today, I purchase an MS Living here and there, read it and donate it. I purchase a couple of AZ Highways (gorgeous covers and articles on what to do in AZ) I keep a couple of issues on a tray in my guest room. Yoga and Spirituality magazines are of some interest, but I can easily part with them after reading. My vice~Phoenix Home and Garden magazine; but I only keep a year of those. They have beautiful decorating ideas, gardening, local and regional events, and amazing artists. Now, if you want to address books...I'm still looking for attractive storage solutions...or therapy on letting go LOL. I even have a Nook...no excuse. Have a wonderful day. ~Blessings, Janet

michelle said...

I keep decorating magazines, not one in particular but the ones that catch my eye. I do what you do from time to time and go through and tear out pages that really inspire me. I used to be a lot worse at keeping the magazine but ran out of room. :)

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!

Barbara Shallue said...

I used to do this - now very rarely. I found I never went back to them and ran out of space. I need to purge, baby, purge, though. I only keep mags 3 months now then they're gone!

Moogie said...

I go through magazines and save only the articles and pictures that I want.

Kate {domestikatedlife} said...

Thanks for the heads up about the apt therapy opening!

CAS said...

Yes, I save magazines! I also subscribe to Real Simple and it's a fav. At any given time, I probably have subscriptions to ten or more magazines. Yea, I know! Half of those are regular mags & the others are hobby-related. I've started letting some of the regs expire as we are purging for our move. Not so, the hobby-related ones. I save all them in those cardboard mag files, labeled & in chronological order. Yea, I know - OCD. I keep a little notebook as a cross-reference for all my specific hobbies/crafts & jot down the mag, date & page. Yea, I know -- Extreme OCD! The regular mags I try to go through only once & tear out anything I want to keep. I file those away for future use.

As for your question about what I do at O-Dark Thirty, I read, write, tear stuff from magazines & blog. Yea, I know -- strange!
CAS

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Leslie said...

It depends .. I have saved about 50 old Halloween mags. I just can't get rid of them.
have a great day

Mary said...

It's been purge city around here! Thank you for linking to Masterpiece Monday. Mary :O)

Jill said...

Wow, I'm impressed with how organized you are! You've got me inspired for sure! Thanks for joining the party!

Jill
womenwhodoitall.blogspot.com

Mary Ellen said...

Some magazines- Womans Day, Only You, (or my DH'S) are easy to get rid off. others, Romantic Homes, Country Gardens, are keepers. I do need to do a purge- they are usually kept in the bath room for easy reading and the stack is out of control.

I am not subscribing to as many these days which is a big help in them stacking up.

Sachiko said...

I have hard time throwing magazines away. Espesially Japanese ones. :)

Annie said...

I used to keep lots of magazines, mostly QNM, but also other quilting magazines. The accumulation got to be too much, so I went through each one and tore out only what i wanted to keep. The rest went into the paper recycling bin. I had a Real Simple subscription last year, but did not renew. I liked the magazine years ago when it really was full of simple, great ideas, but now it seems to be full of expensive advertisements for items I don't want and can't afford.

Katie said...

Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy! I just had to do a massive 50+ magazine purge after Christmas... They piled up all year long... traveling, design, and cooking magazines. I looked through all of them and just pulled out the content I needed, but I did keep a few magazines whole and they currently reside on my bookshelf! :)

Amanda said...

Well done! I did this the other week, and it fet so good!

Just think of all the space you have for new magazines!

goodenoughmommy said...
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CalypsoInTheCountry said...

Carmie,

Not only do I subscribe to way too many magazines, but I just can't part with them! Every now and then I get ambitious and bring a stack to recylcing but I still have stacks in the basement, in closets, in baskets...but only the decorating magazine! I throw out the fashion ones pretty quickly!
Shelley

Good Enough Mommy said...

None! I never get back to them. They just pile up and become clutter. I started pulling out the articles and ideas I liked. Now, those are quickly becoming clutter because they are sitting in a box because I don't know what to do with them. I'm trying to convince my husband purge as well. Right now there are years worth of a professional magazine in our storage room. He will never get back to them. He probably doesn't even know they are there. That means he probably wouldn't even miss them. Hmm.........

Samantha said...

I just went through all of my magazines and recycled all but the last months worth. I was completely drowning in magazines! Visiting from Remodelaholics :-)

Vanessa Washburn said...

I have a ton I need to go through. I think I can recycle them at the library (there's a magazine bin where people can come get what they want) Also If I want to look for an article later most libraries have a magazine section and probably have my favorites.

angie said...

it is so hard for me to let go of my magazines....and pottery barn catalogs!! i try to purge once in awhile though...and we are able to recycle our magazines with the profits going to the local ronald mcdonald house, so it adds a little incentive to purge them!!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

I get such a thrill out of throwing things away...seriously, I LOVE IT.

Mary said...

I purge my magazines every few months. I have a binder with pocket dividers. They are labeled: Recipes, Decorating, Organizing, Gardening and Crafts. I rip out the articles/pages I want and put them in the corresponding pocket. The rest of the magazine goes in the recycling bin. Then when I want to reference an organizing idea for example, I go to my binder. Works for me!
I blogged about it here:
http://lifeon19th.blogspot.com/2009/10/magazine-organization.html

Mom2fur said...

I'll hold on to them for a few months, then I'll tear out whatever recipes or articles I want to keep. If the magazine is 'intact enough' to pass on, I bring it in to the pediatric office where I work. Most of the moms there have better things to spend money on than an expensive magazine.
In the meantime, I keep them in a big heart-shaped picnic basket I found at a garage sale a few years ago. Come to think of it, I need to sort through it soon!

April said...

I just did this last week too. It's so nice to have all those magazines condensed down into only what I will use from them! Thanks for linking up this week! don't forget to enter to win my giveaway from Bella Boo's Bowtique!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

I used to be really bad about this!! Saving old magazines... Then they started taking up way too much space, so after I read them I tear out savables... and toss the rest! Thanks for linking to Fancy This Fridays! Can't wait to see what you come up with this week!

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

I do that too! I LOVE Real Simple but I tear out what I want to keep and put it in a binder and then get rid of the magazine. Takes up a lot less room!

dogsmom said...

I have trouble parting with books and magazines but I have stopped bringing as many in. Then, this week, I am hearing about great subscription rates (like $3/yr) and I am tempted. I figure at a cheap price I'll be better about not keeping forever. Can I be trusted? So far I have not bought any this week.

Elly said...

I had a stack of magazines. I went through them and got rid of them this past week. As for organizing..no they just sit wherever..usually a book shelf.

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Rambling Girl said...

you know I think I read this here back when you posted this and that weekend I threw all mine away and thought when I get new ones I will take them and get the stuff out of the ones I want to keep instead of stacking them in the basket again...woohoo I have kept my promise to myself cause I just threw january ones out this past weekend after I got what I wanted.

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