Two Story Cottage

Fighting the Urge to Hoard

Dear Friends,

I consider myself to be pretty good about purging, especially in recent months.  Why, I’m practically a minimalist.  Or not.  I had a recent revelation regarding a mountain of decorating magazines.

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Every Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, and House Beautiful for the last few years. Add to that a few random off-the-shelf purchases, plus a few retired mags, and you have the motherload of media stealing space in my hutch cabinet. The first step is admitting the problem.  I was in denial until the unthinkable happened.

I couldn’t stuff another magazine in the shelf.

And the door wouldn’t close.

All at once.

Talk about a buy one get one free wake-up call.  This was no different than an attic full of Reader’s Digests and I refuse to be crazy lady who can’t climb into her bed because magazines have taken over the house.

Dramatic much?

Well, you start with one cabinet and multiply that by a couple decades and I’d be in real trouble.  TLC would be calling and the irony would be that my love for decor started a design nightmare.

Okay, enough is enough.  Here are the rules:

1) I’m going through one or two magazines a day.  If I love it, I rip out the page.  I can put them in a binder later on.

2) I can keep a few extra special issues.

In the days of the Pinterest and other digital inspiration, it is good to know that magazines are king.  I still jump up and down when BHG comes.  I save it and pour over every inch.

I know I’m not the only one.

Do you have a cabinet of shame?

-Erin

 

Comments

  1. Sharon B. says:

    How about a 2 foot stack beside my bed and a bunch of stacks under my bed? I’m starting to go through mine too. Much better to keep the pages I want and file them so they can be found, rather than in the magazines where I have no clue to find them without going through stacks of magazines! Magazines sure are addictive aren’t they? But I sure prefer to look at a real magazine, than a copy on the internet. It’s just not the same.

  2. Sharon B. says:

    How about a 2 foot stack beside my bed and a bunch of stacks under my bed? I’m starting to go through mine too. Much better to keep the pages I want and file them so they can be found, rather than in the magazines where I have no clue to find them without going through stacks of magazines! Magazines sure are addictive aren’t they? But I sure prefer to look at a real magazine, than a copy on the internet. It’s just not the same, so I’m sure that this addiction won’t be cured anytime soon.

  3. Yup. We moved from Wisconsin to Texas and I have 4 moving boxes full of magazines that I intentionally mislabeled so my mister wouldn’t get upset. Except he found out when we unpacked that I moved over 100# of magazines across multiple state lines so now I have to go through them all or they will be recycled lol. I have a pretty good system of 4/week and have a portable filing system that I take with me to the coffee shop so I can file away the pages I tear out right away. I only have 3 boxes left…

  4. I kind of fell in love with the iPad edition of my Better Homes and Gardens when I clicked on my first link within an article and realized there was an entire new page of information and pictures to read. It’s like getting two magazines for one with some issues. So yes I love my paper copies but the digital issues are awesome.

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