Thursday, May 17, 2012

I think I have a problem

Do you ever have one of those days/weeks/months where it seems like everything in your house/life is a total disaster? Not relationship-wise, but clutter and crap-wise?

Like you go to look for something, and for the fifth time in one day, you can’t find it because your closet/car/desk is a total and complete and utter DISASTER?

And do you feel like a horrible wife and mom at those moments?

I do. I have them about once a week (on a good week) and those are the moments when I declare to the heavens (sometimes with a fist to the air) that I am going to get my life completely decluttered and organized once and for all DANGIT.

And then I get back in my messy car and go to Michael’s and leave the bags of Michael’s stuff in there for three days and totally forget my cry to the heavens.

Well, not completely. I had one of those moments this week, and today I started on a couple of my problem areas – the dirty clothes in the master closet and the numerous stacks of magazines around the house.

I did four loads of laundry this morning before we left for the day (and put them away – that’s double points or something) and then this evening I started on one of the big issues in our house.

The itty bitty problem I have:

Yep, the magazines. And catalogs. I can’t let go of them, but I don’t have time to read them. So I keep them, thinking that I’ll miss out on something:

magazines and catalogs

I may just shrivel up and DIE if I don’t see that one thing, dontcha know. So I keep them. You know, for that day I dream up in my head where I will have time to leisurely sit around under an umbrella outside with a fruity drink in hand and will go through all of them. Birds will sing. And pigs will fly.

You know. That day.

I do this about once a year, if not more. The piles in the bedroom, family room and bathroom (oh come on, you know you have them there too) get to be too much, and I just have to bring them all to one spot to start the decrapification.

A BIG part of the problem is catalogs. I’m in lurrrve with catalogs. The are free and chock full of inspiration. Like blogs. ;)

This time I found one full of summer inspiration, but it was LAST summer:

pottery barn summer catalog

That’s a toss. As much as it hurts me. Physically hurts people.

As much as I love Christmas, I tossed that catalog too. But I kept the Halloween one. Because I paid for that one:

It only makes sense. ;) And it’s only five months away you know.

I also found not one but TWO “house” lists I’ve made:

That one is from two years ago I think? The second list I found was one I made after I couldn’t find this one. So that’s awesome.

Tonight I had kind of had it. I needed to get control of at least one out of control thing around here. I did a super fast purge, which included putting every single catalog or beauty mag in the recycle pile:

I didn’t even look at them, I just put them in the pile. My heart can’t take actually looking at them. (Mind you, I’ve already looked at them. I keep them for just in case I missed something I want to tear out. It’s a GREAT process.) ;)

When I get to this point with the mags/catalogs, I always give myself a rule and don’t buy anymore new ones till I get through them. I’m pretty good at sticking to that, but Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, West Elm and IKEA are not. They just keep sending me more.

And that’s as far as I got…for today. I went from 140 to about 70:

I’ll separate them and go through a few at time, when I have time. Some, like House Beautiful or Traditional Home I may keep and place on the bookshelves in our transformed dining room. (Someday.)

But I need to get through them soon, so I can buy some more. It’s almost time for the July issues you know. ;)

So tell me I’m not alone. Do you have those mini freak out moments when you feel like ever.y.thing. is a total mess? Do you swear you’re going to organize your life perfectly every time? Do you hoard magazines and catalogs like me?

133 comments:

  1. I just had this exact meltdown this week! For some reason, if I take time for myself - like say, do a craft or go for a longer walk/run than usual, the rest of the day goes to pot. One thing that really got me this week was the kids' dresser drawers. I've been trusting them to put their clothes away properly...which they do for the most part, but the digging around for the perfect shirt makes everything look like crap. drawers wide open, drawing papers all over, dog toys strewn all over the floor not even 2 minutes after they've been picked up. I so want to organize and be free of stuff. I gave up all of my magazine and catalogue subscriptions about 2 years ago. best thing I ever did.

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  2. I do, I do! Today, even though I had a thousand things to do with work and to get ready to go out of town in a couple days, as I stood in my room putting laundry away (I agree, double points!), I just couldn't take it anymore. I had to make a clothes donation pile and get the winter clothes put away, RIGHT NOW.

    Surprising, it didn't take as long as I thought. Now if I can just keep motivated on the rest of the laundry...

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  3. You are sooooo not alone! But if that's all you have, I got you beat! I would go through them though to tear out those few things that do really catch your heart. I'm an interior design student, so I hold on to mine. I have been meaning to go through them lately and create a REAL inboard in my office area to display things that really stand out. Plus I want to be able to go back one day and see how my taste has changed or rather evolved throughout the years. It will be fun.

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  4. When I go to my dental apps. There are never decent magazines in the waiting room....and when I take my car to have the oil changed, all they have in their waiting room area is hunting and auto mechanic magazines. So... I started taking my magazines to those establishments around town so the next time I spend time there I have something to read. They appreciate my gift to their waiting rooms and the other women siting there probably do too!!

    Just gift all your magazines away.

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  5. Oh, GURL! I have STORAGE for magazines. A place for jewelry-related, holiday related, decor related, diy stuff, collecting... Oh YEAH, I feel ya! I do, however limit my collection to about 20-30 for each topic. I've been saving mags since they were 17"x22". Awesome for artwork at that size. Anyhow, once each spot is too tight for more mags, I weed out the ones that can go and make room for new. I quite fighting that battle a long time ago; it's what I do because I lurrrrve those mags!

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  6. Apple has an app called Catalogue where you can look at the latest catalogues on your iPad. Land's End, Williams Sonoma, Crate and Barrel are on there, as well as others. You can also favorite pages. They will be saved into MyCatalogue, creating your own catalog of your favorite things.

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  7. Yes, Yes and Yes! That is all I am going to say about it....maybe I should go tackle the pile of quilt magazines on my bedroom floor....

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  8. Were we separated at birth? Oh no, that's not possible because I'm older than you. So, I have 6 years of magazines more than you :) You are not alone.

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  9. Menina,menina,somos todas iguais em algum momento da vida.Aquele sonho de um lugar para cada coisa e cada coisa em seu lugar...utopia.Quando conseguimos dar cabo das roupas...a casa ficou sem varrer,se varremos a roupa ficou lá...e a cozinha então?se não começamos arrumá-la ainda mastigando ela fica para na hora de fazer o jantar,vai cozinhando e lavando a louça,quando acabamos de jantar????é isso e muito mais.Deixa para lá.eu queria ser sua vizinha para ficar com todos os catálogos e revistas,daria uma reciclada nelas pelo menos por cinco vezes...Como assim????Faço hexágonos, e quanto mais revista e que tais melhor,quanto maior a qualidade do papel,melhor.Uma dica para você:pule da cama de manhã e arrume antes do xixi,seu dia vai render mais,não é piada não.Minha avó dizia que se as camas estivessem arrumadas a casa toda estaria.E é verdade pois uma coisa leva a outra,cama arrumada...passa pela sala e ajeita as almofadas,tomou café,lavou a xícara.Não é muito mas que dá uma boa impressão isso dá.E no meu caso,costura durante o dia e hexágono a noite,o único lugar da casa que fica limpíssimo e o quarto de costura o resto fica ajeitado e espalhado.Espero que o tradutor te faça rir um pouco.Não se cobre tanto,pense que você é mais importante que essas jghgutjgyt domésticas.Um graaande abraço e fique com DEUS.

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  10. I hate magazines and catalogues. I read baby talk cover to cover when it comes in, takes me about 10 minutes, then I throw it away. Anything worth remembering will stick in my brain, no need to keep the crap. I immediately throw out all catalogues unless I know I am currently shopping for a specific item, which is hardly ever because I'm a shop in person kind of gal. As far as keeping them for inspiration, again anything worth remembering or being inspired by will stick in your brain after the first time you flip through, if not its not worth remembering and obviously didn't really inspire you. Good luck!

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  11. May I make a suggestion? I don't know about the catalogs but you could donate the old magazines. I love picking up magazines in thrift stores. I recently picked up almost every issue of House Beautiful from last year for a few cents a pop.

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  12. Thank you, thank you for this! I wrote a list this week and it said "TO DO to make less stress" and it had organize, pick up bags of stuff everywhere, put stuff away, organize some more. I'm not happy you are struggling with this, but I am thrilled that I am NOT alone! There are other woman out there that are just like me and let me say I'm a good lady, but you know what I mean?
    I'm sharing this with my hubby and maybe he'll cut me some slack :)

    Have a great weekend and when you figure it out please share :)

    Andrea xo

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  13. All.The.Time!! You are not alone, I tell ya. I am cleaning what seems like all the time and I go one weekend doing nothing and blam! I'm tripping over clothes and trying to find keys. Yep. I know.

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  14. Oh yes, I get piles of magazines and catalogs, too! I let them stack up just like you do then pitch them in a frenzy of decluttering.
    Here's a tip that has really helped our family. During Lent (but you could do it anytime) we each get rid of 40 things in 40 days. So we each throw away or donate one thing per day. Sounds easy right? It IS - for the first couple weeks. Then it gets harder - more of a sacrifice, which is the whole idea anyway. By day 30 I'm starting to look for old panties with a hole in them, if you know what I'm saying - reaching deep to find things to get rid of. But you know what? It feels great to reach the end and realize our family of three has removed 120 things from our house!! Give it a try - no need to wait for Lent!

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  15. Oh my goodness...you just described my life exactly! Unorganized, piles of crap and magazines everywhere, having mini meltdowns because I can't find anything. It is ridiculous! So glad to know someone else is suffering from the same illness. Maybe we should start a support group? :)

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  16. Oh my goodness...you just described my life exactly! Unorganized, piles of crap and magazines everywhere, having mini meltdowns because I can't find anything. It is ridiculous! So glad to know someone else is suffering from the same illness. Maybe we should start a support group? :)

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  17. The last two days have been my meltdown days!! This post was cracking me up... I love that other moms hit their breaking points, too.

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  18. Yep so with ya!! I have a basket (ok 3) in the front room. I have a big purge every couple months. I never go back and look and ones like PB can be seen online. I am in the middle of moving so my whole life is a mess, and I packed up and am moving a LARGE box of craft magazines I can't bear to be without- even tho I hadn't looked at them in the last two years. ;)

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  19. You're singing my song! I have a problem with magazines, too. You really might miss something if you get rid of a half-read magazine! I have that same Halloween magazine! I finally told myself I had to tear out pages of magazines with ideas I want to try. That helps some.

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  20. I was like this with Wedding Magazines for a while there. yikes. it was getting INSANE.

    There was an ever-growing stack next to my desk. A tote bag full of them next to the pile. A few on the kitchen table, book shelves, coffee table... they were taking over.
    It took me three rounds of purging to finally pare them down. Then I realized that our wedding is nearly entirely planned, so they weren't needed anymore!

    I did keep the Real Simple Weddings magazine though. That thing was more than ten bucks! crazy!

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  21. OMGosh! I am so totally on your wave-length at the moment. I have PILES of magazines and catalogs hidden away throughout the house ;) - under beds, in bathroom cupboard (yes, indeed), on the floors, in boxes - UGGHH. But I have had enough and just this week I am proud to say I am making progress! Not all gone, not even 1/3 gone...OK, maybe not even 1/10 gone, but progress is progress. Catalogs are easier - make sure you rip your name and address of them before recycling them :) I was also thinking of taking (any intact) good magazines to Half Price Books - might make a few bucks?? Donating them is a great idea too. Good luck. It is difficult, but once you start don't stop :) I'm purgingggggg..weeeeee....

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  22. So funny! We are all in the same boat!

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  23. I have freak-outs like this ALL the time, but instead of being inspired, I get paralyzed! I never know where to start, so I sit and stew and get all overwhelmed. It's a pain.

    Kudos for your mag purge! That's HUGE.

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  24. Oh My Goodness, you must have been reading my mind!! That has been my entire month! I started Toni's(from A bowl full of lemons) 21 Days to Organized challenge at the beginning of this month because of that very melt down! And I am not sure I am over it yet. I have lots of bags of stuff I am throwing away and three boxes that are ready for goodwill to take away! I have your same problem, I love keeping my mags! I have such a hard time throwing them away. Granted its been easier to not buy so many, now thanks to Pinterest and blogs. Thanks so much for sharing this with us and letting me know I am not the only one who goes a little mental from time to time.

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  25. I take pics of my favorite magazine entries on my phone and pin them on my pinterest boards. No paper clutter and I haven't given up my 'inspirations'. :)
    Patty

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  26. I have this problem with my recipes. I need to organize them but never take the time. Life would be so much better cooking wise if I did.

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  27. 70 magazines ?! 70?!!!

    I love your blog, and read it all the time. So from a freindly reader-you have about 60 mags too many! Please take this as a friendly challenge and get rid of most of that stack of CLUTTER :)

    Decluttering ONLY works if you set a limit on what comes back IN...

    A LONG time ago I too decided that I needed to get my house under control-and I stared reading about Zen, meditation, and living with less.

    If you are feeling crazy and overwhelmed, its very simple-you have too much crap. Even if you have purged, do it again. Then one more time for good measure. You'll be amazed at how good it feels.

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  28. Only once a week?!

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  29. After reading a Feng Shui article about decluttering, I am doing the exact thing this week. In order to have room for new ideas and things, we have to get rid of the old stuff. I went through all my Birds and Blooms magazines and cut out birds and butterflies to maybe make an inspirational collage. Then I went through 40 decor magazines and ended up tearing out about 10 pages worth keeping. I have sold collections of Pottery Barn Catalogs and Martha Stewart Mags on ebay too. The library will take old magazines but not catalogs.

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  30. Lol I blogged about this last year - it hasnt gotten any better. 3 new ones in the mail today and I was so excited to see them in the mailbox! :)

    http://meganmcdaniel.blogspot.com/2011/04/secret-lovers.html

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  31. I am dying of laughter that there are so many other people in the exact same situation and, so far, only two commenters I think who think we are crazy! ha ha ha!! After someone freaked out over you having 70 magazines, I am absolutely not going to say how many I have (although that could also be because I honestly don't know - I actually have a whole bookcase devoted to them). Buuut, I have been feeling overwhelmed with clutter and I have only JUST got to the point where I can donate a magazine without checking through it again. It has taken me YEARS to get there. Years I tell you. But it feels so good getting rid of stuff that I am on a roll now! I wish myself and all of us luck with our decluttering!!

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  32. oh honey. i have this exact problem... just ask my husband! it really is embarrassing. but in addition to all the catalogues you referenced, i also have Shape & Real Simple magazines that pile up, and then all my professional magazines since i am a dietitian... and i never get around to reading ANY of them, so there they sit because i couldn't bear to toss them in the recycling bin until i have scoured each and every page. i honestly do know HOW i will ever catch up!

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  33. I have the same problem with magazines. My mother-in-law andher sister give me about 6 magazines a month. I'm thankful that I dnt have to subscribe and pay,but it was becoming a huge problem. I finally sat down and went through each magazine. Yes. Every one. I pulled out recipes, craft projects, home decor ideas, etc. Then I divided them up into categories. It felt so good to throw two huge boxes into the recycle bin at my son's school. Its still a work in progress though as they are still sending me the mags. I just can't so no! :-)

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  34. Next time please donate your old magazines to the hospital, they will gladly take anything!!

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  35. Oh, I can SO RELATE to this post!!!!! I've also gone through the 80 dusty-magazine purge... only to relive that same scenario again. And again.

    Well, for all the self-proclaimed disaster you mention, you sure have made yourself a beautiful home and you clearly bless your family every day with it. I'm aspring to be THAT kind of disaster. Not the undecorated one I am now. ;)

    Best to you!

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  36. I had a "magazine sickness," too. Kept the gems for YEARS until making an executive decision about them in 2009.

    Me and My Magazines

    1. No magazine older than 5 years of age will be inside my home. Yes, I realize 5 years is pretty old, but...

    2. Buy no more magazines. So you see, I buy no more magazines. (Except Threads, which possesses tutorials for sewing that will live well beyond themselves for generations to come, meaning my sewing daughters and their children and their children's chil... *I digress.*) Why buy another magazine when I have the World Wide Web? And it's free? And many of those magazines are on the World Wide Web.

    Result: If I'm buying no more magazines, in time I will HAVE no more magazines in my house.

    3. I organize the magazines I DO have in my house by the four US seasons. (I live in the Philippines, and we have only two seasons here-- Hot and Hotter.) Put each magazine in one of four stacks according to a season. Yes, dear, they're tall stacks, BUT they are shrinking.

    4. I get out that stack for the current season and arrange them so delightfully on a shoe rack, similar to how they'd look in a doctor's office, etc. (Here's the link to that post on my blog: http://kelleyhighway.blogspot.com/2012/02/shoes-to-magazines.html)

    5. I have three months to look through, imagine, dream, design, cultivate, plant, envision, plan, create, etc. via the ideas gleaned in those magazines.

    6. However, since this is 2012, for example, every magazine that has a publication year of 2007 will be butchered. Yes, butchered. All the ideas I like in that OLD magazine will be ripped from it and placed in an appropriate folder: Bedrooms, lamps, Christmas, placemats, clothes, shoes, baby clothes, blouses, rugs, yo-yos, felt projects, organized offices, organized kitchens, organized chaos, seashells, window treatments, baths, etc.

    Those folders are placed in a file and since I've been reading these magazines for #??? years, I know right where to go when I remember that yo-yo quilt idea I saw in 2004 or that cute baby shower placemat.

    7. AND since it's 2012, when I'm done with all those 2007 magazines, they will be stacked and given away. Preschools, elementary schools, nursing homes, churches and numerous other crafters you know will use them to make wreaths, collages, corsages, headbands, book-covers, wristlets, hats, shoes, jackhammers and golf carts.

    However, all the BEAUTIFUL, INSPIRING IDEAS you either paid cold soft cash for or gleaned for free will be tucked safely inside your sweet folders for future dreaming, envisioning, sewing, glueing, cutting, organizing, and sighing over.

    The End

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  37. I wish I only held onto magazines for two years. Try shipping them across country many times for 15 years! I FINALLY purged 90% of them two years ago. Yep, it's true. Donated some; recycled some. Makes me feel like I lost 50 pounds. I didn't even shed a tear. Don't know why I waited so long. And the occasional silver fish climbing up a wall? Blame it on the glue that holds the magazines together. If nothing else, that should motivate you to lighten your magazine/catalog load. Good luck & happy purging!

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  38. Oh, I am SO with you about missing out on THAT ONE THING! I solved my little hoarding problem a little bit by using stacks of Architectural Digest (which I find so boring, shhhh don't tell) and Vanity Fair to lighten up my super-dark built-ins. Congratulations on the purge!

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  39. Great timing on this post! We are hosting a BBQue tomorrow just so we would have the house completely cleaned and today is the day that I spend really fine tuning the house. I can tell you that because my guests won't read this comment :) Sometimes I schedule a get together just to push me! Hey, maybe I will post some home pictures for a tour since it will all be spotless!! LOL
    Hugs,
    Bj

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  40. My husband and I suffer from this same dilemma, but in two separate bodies. He hoards the magazines and catalogs until they spill on the floor next to the bed and next to his chair in the living room. I want to recycle them the moment they enter the house! Our compromise? When the magazines start claiming floor space, I'm allowed to let him choose which ones to recycle. :)

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  41. i give my old magazines away at my local library so that others can read them. also, when it comes to my "food magazine cupboard" i have decided that, for the most part, i can always google a recipe! :-)

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  42. Yes, yes and yes! When my house gets cluttered I feel like I belong on an episode or Hoarders - even though it's not that bad. I don't dare take any photos as not to scare anybody. =)

    Jeanine

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  43. Hello, meet your twin, Amanda!!! I was a serious magazine hoarder until last month when I couldn't take it any more. I had them all stuffed into a wood crate next to my couch, and then also piled in a basket under my coffee table. I also couldn't get rid of them, even though I knew I wouldn't read about 85% of them.

    I finally got sick of it and tossed almost all of them into a big box. My friend's grandma was coming to town to visit, and she is always pestering my friend to go to the library. She was so excited to see the magazines, b/c those would keep her busy for awhile. The box was so heavy, we couldn't lift it.

    Now that we have Pinterest, I don't feel like I have to hold onto the magazines. If there's something I really really love, I'll go to the magazine site and see if I can Pin it.

    I felt so much better after they were gone...even though I thought it would be hard to ditch them. Now I have a crate with only the nicest holiday/organizing/specials issues and plenty of room for the new magazines.

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  44. After being swarmed by magazines for years, I now have a policy that once I've looked through it, I toss it into the recycling basket. If there is anything I really like in the magazine, I rip the picture out (or in my case, the knitting/sewing pattern) and save it in a binder.

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  45. No, you are DEFINITELY not alone, I JUST got through my Thanksgiving issue of Southern Living. So yeah, I'm SO ready for Thanksgiving...if I manage to remember where I put the pages of delicious recipes I tore out ;) (I'm just getting more decorative bins for them at this point, I don't think this problem has a "cure" in my case)

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  46. I felt like I was reading a blog post about myself! I believe I just did one of those cries to the heavens yesterday, and I don't know what it is about those darn magazines that keeps us so attached to them! *sigh its a never ending cycle.

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  47. I could have written this post. This is exactly how I am with magazines. I have been like this with them since I was in HS. Talk about nerdy! I would hate to know how much money I've blown buying magazines.

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  48. I just started a blog and recently wrote about my addiction to magazines. lol It must be common! But I just love my magazines even if they are taking over my closet. I can throw some away, but those holiday issues...

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  49. When I go thru my stack, I make this rule, I can't keep anything older than 3 months. Also:it's likely many of the ideas are in the online catalogs... so maybe that could free your mind up a bit.

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  50. Your post today hit it just right. I'm a self-confessed magazine hoarder. That is one of my hobbies. When a new one comes in the mail or I see a new one at the store I want my heart starts beating like crazy! I have to force my self to go through them & recycle some. I pull out the pages I like and put them in clear plastic protector pages in white 3 - ring binders. My gardening ones are esp. Hard to part with.

    One day my husband tried to recycle about 40 of them & we got in a huge argument. I do part with them... They just have to be well read first!

    Liz

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  51. Hi,
    Sounds like you are living my life. Every New Years resolution is to not buy as many magazines and to declutter my house. I love my magazines especially Romantic Homes and anything from Somerset. My new love is the Jeanne D'arc magazines. I am sure you can see I too have a problem. Good you you to get from 140 to 70. Maybe I should try this weekend and see how far I can get.

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  52. Hi, I have the exact same problem! I read a lot and cut an article or two when I really like it. Couldn't throw away the old magazines though since my daughters use it for their school projects.

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  53. you can give the magazine's to a nursing home or some place like it then you would not have to throw them away. ang

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  54. Total magazine hoarder here. I think I have 12 subscriptions and I really only read 1 or 2 magazines a month. The rest just pile up. My husband made me throw them ALL away when we moved a week ago. And then the day after we did that I found myself really wanting a magazine to read on the train. :-\ I completely understand the purging process.

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  55. I haven't read all the comments before mine, but I'm sure there is some good advice among them. You did ask for advice, right? ;) A few thoughts:
    1. Decor is your business. You need that info.
    2. Keep a file in your car to knock a few out in spare time there or to take into dr's office, hair salon, anywhere you need to wait.
    3. Skim each catalog/magazine and tear out anything that catches your eye. Put them in folders by whatever is easiest so you will keep it up--even if it's just by month or season. It's easy to flip thru the folder to look for something you remember seeing, or just for inspiration. Then you skip all the stuff you don't need to keep. Have fun!

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  56. I think as Bloggers it is difficult to admit when our homes and lives are not in complete order. I call the "behind the scenes" in my house "hurricane Kelli," and when she strikes it it usually catastrophic! Combine her with "tropical storm" husband" and there will be no survivors!

    Usually its all of my projects that I'm in the middle of.

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  57. OMG - I had to do a double take and make sure that my thoughts didn't make a post on your blog! I am the exact same way. There's always that "just in case". I am doing a MAJOR declutter in my entire house right now, I had to rent a storage unit to have a place to put it all. I'm talking serious declutter - like getting rid of 1/2 of my household contents. Feels great!!

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  58. I have the exact same problem with magazines! Mine are stacked up in a chair in a spare bedroom. I keep thinking I will have time to go through them and tear out what articles, recipes, and inspiration I would like to keep. I also have high hopes of putting all those tear-outs in a binder one day. You know the kind that is nicely organized by rooms and stuff. Yeah...

    I had the same problem when my family moved out the house we had lived in for 10 years. I had a stack of magazines that was at least 3 feet high. I really didn't have time to flip through them so, I trashed them all. It was hard to do.

    Reading this article and the comments inspires me to do something about those magazines this weekend. I think I may start tonight. Thanks!

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  59. I have the same problem with magazines and catalogs -- they are all over our house! But am hoping that now I like to read more blogs (like Thrifty Decor Chick) online, and pin things I like (like decorating tips and recipes) on Pinterest, maybe I can lighten the paper load in my home!

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  60. I used to have a years worth of my favorite magazines (at least) but now I've realized I can find those images or recipes or whatever online and just pin them to pinterest. The magazines might take a month to show up, but catalogs are up right away. It's way easier to find the stuff I want on my pin boards than buried in some magazine.

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  61. I used to have a years worth of my favorite magazines (at least) but now I've realized I can find those images or recipes or whatever online and just pin them to pinterest. The magazines might take a month to show up, but catalogs are up right away. It's way easier to find the stuff I want on my pin boards than buried in some magazine.

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  62. Pinterest, amazon wish list and store websites or even their ecatalogs (west elm and cb2 have them) would save you all those piles!!

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  63. Oh my.... this is so me!!!! From the meltdown moment, to buying junk and leaving it in the car and the magizines everywhere! I think we are long lost relatives! I also have piles of papers that I have printed off of blogs... My projects to do pile is what I call it. My husband calls it the dead tree pile!

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  64. Well, I belong to MA - Magazines Anonymous. I've moved 4, count 'em, 4 small wardrobe boxes people, twice. I am terrified to throw them away. There may be 1 picture in each of them I want. I pay storage, $5 month for these jewels. My goal this summer is to take all 4 boxes to the dumpster WITHOUT opening them. My BFF has said she will help me and give me a glass of wine after I do the deed. I'll use the $5 to buy a book, those are so much better, right?

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  65. i have no idea what you said besides halloween is 5 months away! gleeeeee! that's so close! it's totally ok to restart pinning things, right? best time of the year EVER!

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  66. Yep, days/weeks/months/YEARS...I try to keep a place in each room just for me - no one else can put their stuff there, and I keep it neat. At least one spot stays worth looking at! Eventually, it will be a whole room and then the whole house! Crossing my fingers...

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  67. Hello, my name is Sheri, and I, too, am a magazine and catalog hoarder! ;) I have a small stack sitting on my dining room table right now that I've been meaning to go through and see if there's something earth shattering I just can't live without. And even when I am good and tear out stuff and file it, do you think I ever refer to it again?? NO! It's definitely a sickness!

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  68. yep! I do the same thing. read them right when they come in but keep them for future reference and to rip out what i want to keep. When I get to the ripping out, I have two rules: No re-reading, and flip through fast and whatever catches my eye, I rip out. I figure I can sort through it later but there will be less junk to sort. you're not alone!!! thank god for pinterest!! I don't know what I would with out it. I used to print up pages of the great tutorials and recipes I would find in blog land. now i can just pin it! :o)

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  69. Yes Yes Yes...How many upopened Reader's digest do I have laying here?Andin the car, just for passengers to read? Like an airline! And in my basket of magazines, so many unread mags....but yes,wait! There is probably the one article that will spiff up or transform my life in some wonderful way. However...I have come to realize those same articles will reappear again ..later..in another format, so I really may not miss out on them at all.Hang in there, and keep chipping away. PS, I take mine to beauty shops , nail shops etc. Now as to craft clutter....another story!

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  70. I'm like this too. I have the same problem with magazines. I have a stack that I haven't looked at because when I sit down & have time I'd rather read a book. Sigh. I also have the freak out moments but my biggest problem is when I have one of those moments I seem to be too overwhelmed & don't know where to start so I just close the door & walk away & leave it for another day! Not good. Currently, my master closet is in serious need of some help.

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  71. This is just what I need today! I had a mini meltdown yesterday!! I too have the magazine/catalog clutter! That is my first task for the weekend! Recently I started going through the catalogs and ideas I like, etc. I put into my "Idea Binder" that is categorized... (Paint Colors, Gardening, Kids Craftiness, Organizing Tips, etc.) Just thought I would share that. I love your blog!! You are amazing!!

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  72. Bernice again...my big peeve is..I pay for these magazines, they sit because I can't get to them, then when I do , sooo many pages of advertising, gets me every time! More ads than content. And have you seen JCPenny's new mag? What quality! But who is paying for it? wow!

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  73. I didn't have time to read all the comments, but I have tons of cooking mags, decorations mags. I cut out, rip out, pages I need and put them in three ring binders. Chuck the rest. Periodically I do have time to go through the binder, re-chuck, and organize... Plus you can find pretty binders at Staples etc... :-)

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  74. I feel your pain on the magazines and catalogs. I sometimes get great ideas from them too which further enhances the need to keep them. Recently, I've acquired far too many as I'm getting several subscriptions for free from collecting points,etc.

    My dentist and chiropractor both said they'd be glad for me to bring some in. I try to just keep my favorites now and tear pages out of the others and put them into a pretty binder for the ideas I want to keep.

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  75. Ok, so as far as the catalogs/magazines go... I used to be awful about them! Finally it got to be just way too much and I came up with a system... First, I didn't resubscribe to anything but the two or so magazines that we actually use/read. From there, I keep them for the month they are issued, then once that month is over, out the door. Read or not.

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  76. A lot of these magazine also post their stuff to pinterest, follow your favs and it's an easy way to keep the ideas you like organized.

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  77. Ha- I'm so with you on the magazine/catalog hoarding!

    When I was pregnant with my first son I subscribed to a variety of parenting magazines... I was still trying to get around to reading the 2005 issues in 2008, when I was pregnant with my second! Ended up just tossing them eventually (but felt REALLY bad about it!)

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  78. Today. No next week. No all summer. For st.least the last twelve years I have been sorting through my things. At this time I have three areas left. Files, closets, and the garage are being reorganized and this time I will throw away what I kept two years ago. So I am reaching the point others have mentioned. Now I realize it is part of the process. Why did I do it this way. I wish I had thrown it away years ago. It is trash and even though it is in smaller containers it is still hard to toss. No may be the smaller ones will be easier for the trash collector to lift. I have been spending hours getting trash ready put in the trash. Eureka.

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  79. Don't hate me because I'm beautiful...oh, I meant because I'm organized :). Yup, that's me. I'm one of those people that throws EVERYTHING away. If it's not nailed down, out it goes (or I donate). I do take the time to very quickly go thru catalogs and if anything looks interesting, I will keep it, but never more than a day or two.

    If you see something that inspires you, rip out the page and put it in a binder just for that purpose.

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  80. Get an Ipad then you can use the catalog apps and magazine apps without having all that paper cluttering your life. Honestly after using Pinterest and discovering all the decorating blogs online I rarely have a need for the magazines. I also have discovered that the magazines often recycle content they have seen on pinterest and blogs anyway! I used to hold onto everything but just threw most out recently. I didn't even miss it, my Ipad has everything on it now. You get better quality pictures too!

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  81. I do hoard magazines and catalogs, but I've been noticing in all the decorating magazines, they stack the magazines neatly with the pages facing out. It looks really nice, and I've been doing it here and there in my house. Still a bit of a fire hazard, but so pretty. And I don't have to throw out all my magazines. :)

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  82. I don't have a magazine/catalog problem, but I do feel this way nearly every Friday. That's when I notice the things I've missed during the week's chaos. The toys, the papers, the dishes, all the stuff I just didn't get done during the week. So I spent part of my Friday making a list of all the things I want to organize throughout the weekend. I love making lists and getting it down on paper makes me feel better. And then when work is done, I start to tackle it and it's wonderful.

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  83. too funny, can totally relate. when i try to throw out my old mags i end up reading them! there are some i will toss and others that are forever inspirational keepers especially mags like Domino.

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  84. I had to stage a little intervention for myself on the magazine thing. A) I set up a pretty file box with folders for fitness, decor, hair/makeup, and recipes. I file magazine tear-outs accordingly. B) I got a big basket and decided that it was the ONLY place magazines in my house would go. When it was full, time to purge. But honestly, once I did all my tear-outs I didn't have a hard time letting it go.

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  85. UNSUBSCRIBE! You can get the emails from the same magazine and than just book mark your favorites. This will take care of the clutter and you will still have your inspiration! I have decided to start small and go green in alot of areas. One of the areas was with magazines, I used to receive alot and I have let each subscription expire and not renew! That is my small part to save some paper and it helps greatly with clutter. Just make sure if you do the online magazines, you remember where you saved it to your favorites. Good luck!

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  86. I have stacks of magazines that I haven't looked at in years and stacks of pictures ripped out from magazines that I also have not looked at in years. But they're so pretty, so inspirational....if I ever had time to look at them...aaackk!

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  87. I so TOTALLY understand. I just spent 2 weeks going through mine and got rid of about 70 (although I probably have, like 3 or 4 hundred still here (hopefully better organized...yeah right).
    Angela
    angdersquire(at)shaw(dot)ca

    ps wanna do a swap tee hee

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  88. I swear my magazines and catalogs breed when I'm not home. I've stopped subscribing to a bunch and I still have too many!

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  89. I just have to say: I love the way you write! It makes me smile. :) And, holy crap, 140 magazines? I can't even imagine! I would have felt like I was drowning. I am not a big magazine fan. Blogs are awesome--no clutter! :)

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  90. I was given a kindle fire for my birthday to stop the book takeover from my reading addiction. I don't allow magazines or catalogs in my mailbox since I could hoard them so I look at those online. Laundry? Well, short of giving up clothes, I have no answer there!

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  91. You are so not alone! I give the ones I don't want to keep to our babysitter- she loves it. I also keep a couple magazines/catalogs at the breakfast table to flip through while I'm eating- helps me actually get to them.

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  92. Looks like none of us are alone in certain problem areas. I have a bad habit of putting things in piles in the hallway leading to my sewing room and studio and there they stay for, well, for awhile. I won't say how long that while is.
    Recently we went thru our horrific shed that had at least 5 years of "stuff" just piled in it. In the middle of this we decided to make items for a craft show and also go thru all the "stuff". What I thought I "might" really want to keep, (oh dear what an idjit I am) I brought into the house. Now this is about 8 weeks ago and some of the piles are still loitering in my hallway, bedroom, sewing room, and who knows where else. I'll tell you when I trip over it. I found all these awesome things but somehow some of them have migrated to the storage boxes on our back deck. Scarey huh? Thank God when we had our yard sale (oh yeah had to do that also) our daughter and family came over to help load up what we didn't sell to go to the thrift stor immediately after the yard sale. We filled the back of their truck, our Rondo and the next day we had to take another load. How can two old people accumulate so much crap? Excuse the word but essentially that's what all this stuff is. Except for all my paint supplies that are in the hallway. That's not crap is it? Maybe by winter I'll manage to get thru all the horrendous piles. I hope.

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  93. Oh yeah I've been reading the comments. Talk about fodder for a GOOD laff. I had 8 big boxes of books I had to go thru and believe it or not got it down to 3. I had lots of hardbacks and paperbacks. Believe me the thrift store I go to will be loving me. Books are one of their best sellers, I oughta know as I buy alot of my books there. Think I sold maybe 3 books at yard sale and all the rest went to thrift store. I reread them when I don't have a book or no money to buy one between times, lol. When we left KY to move to CO I had to leave boxes and boxes of very expensive zines for papercrafting. OUCH, boy did that hurt. There's just so much room in the biggest truck you can rent. It was either me or the zines I was threatened. Guess who?

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  94. Yes, you are not alone. I too, have the same problem. A few years ago I went through all my magazines and catalogs (except my Pottery Barn ones because I LUV them TOO much) and cut out all the inspiration pages. I then glued them onto pages and put them in a binder that I organized based on rooms (Living Room, Kitchen, Christmas, Halloween etc) So when I get a new magazine, I keep it for the month, I read it and then I tear out the pages and put it in a folder and then when I have the time I cut it, glue it on a page and enter it into my binder. Mind you, it's been a while since I have done this (having a new baby will do that for you) but once we get my basement cleaned up and a space for me then I will be back at it) Maybe I will even start a blog and that can be my first post.

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  95. Books are the hardest things for me to get rid of. It helps that I take mine to my local library. They have a used book sale room that raises money for library programs, so it's for a good cause, but I love my books. Stacks and stacks of them.

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  96. Sure, your're not alone. not me, but my neighbour has problem like you...
    she buy a lot of magazine...
    and she dont know where she should Place It...

    See ya...

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  97. I keep my mail-order catalogs in alphabetical order in a forms cabinet. Whenever I receive a new one, say Pottery Barn, I just pull out the old PB one, and replace it with the new one. This way, I can look at them at my leisure (and put my hands on a particular one at any time), and I always know I'm looking at the most recent version. It's a tiny bit of work each day, but, to me, it's easier (and less traumatic) than the type of big clean-up I used to do. (Whew, it's hard to type while eating a Choco-taco!)

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  98. For 10+ yrs I kept torn out pages categorized in files/binders and only referred to them maybe a dozen times. I had a mini revelation the other day. (One I use Pinterest for my categorized visual inspirations. Digital & accessible almost anywhere, can't get much more awesome than that!) Two, I reversed my logic & tore out the things I don't want. You know all those ads that take up space & articles I could care less about. I keep the content pages & only what interests me. Talk about easy & space saving. It's my new way for special publications. I also preview issues at the library & only purchase if it's an issue chock full of ideas I know I'll have a use for.

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  99. Forget about the magazines....look at those beautiful walls! I just HAVE to know what colors those are~ so pretty.

    Back to organization. For each new magazine or book I get, I put another in my recycle bin and either give them to the teachers at the schools or the local women's shelter.

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  100. 2 years ago I HAD to purge my magazines and catalogs. I actually had an index because I had so many. My tipping point? When my hubbs threw away about 2 dozen in the recycle bin and I FREAKED out. I actually pulled them out of the recycle bin. And then put them in a cupboard in the garage. I felt so ashamed. THEN I watched hoarders and it freaked me out even more. 2 recycling containers (35 gallon containers) FILLED. I eliminated maybe half of my stash.

    Yeah not kidding. Since then I do a small purge every 2 months. and have slowly shrunk the remaining stash. I no longer buy magazines. I go to the library, Barnes & Noble or read them at the Dr. office. I have cancelled all catalog subscriptions (although an occasional one sneaks in). It immediately gets tossed in the recycle bin.

    I have a plan for the remaining stash. I now have a scanner and am scanning the items that inspired me. Once I am finished it gets pitched to the recycle bin. HOPEFULLY before the end of summer I won't have ANY magazines in my house!

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  101. You should come visit me and I could show you just how bad this 'addiction' can get. I know that even if I did want to find something in one of my hundreds of magazines, I would not have a clue where to look. It makes no sense and yet, I continue to hang on to nearly every magazine that relates to decorating and cooking since 1978. SIGH...and that is a LOT of magazines!
    dee

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  102. My house is a mess right now and it's driving me crazy!!! It always happens at end-of-the-school year time and I just can't take it anymore! And now the problem is, I'm so overwhelmed, I don't know where to start! My magazines haven't gotten toooo out of hand since the last purge, but it's EVERYTHING else! ugh!!

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  103. I seem to create a bigger mess when I try to reorganize and get rid of a mess.

    I am currently staring at a years worth of scrapbooking magazines that it is killing me to get rid of, but I haven't looked at them in forever and they are taking up space.

    If you have a solution, oh please tell me.

    Marilyn C.

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  104. Yes, I can relate. I'm especially bad with wanting to organize recipes. Fact is, most recipes are online anyway. Here's what I've done with magazines, catalogs, all the blogs I was subscribed to (full of great ideas that I never had time to read), and email lists (like One Kings Lane). Are you ready? It's radical...I unsubscribed. It has freed me in immeasurable ways and I don't feel like I'm missing a thing. You don't miss what you don't have or even know about. Plus I no longer have consumerism knocking at my door or magazines telling me how my house doesn't live up to expectations. Chunk them all, unsubscribe, and enjoy the liberation. With pinterest and Google you can always find specific ideas WHEN you actually need them.

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  105. My home gets many different type of magazines from construction trade to health.

    What we do is remove all the pages that we don't want to save and then put them in a binder using Magazine Holders for 3-ring Binders that you can find at Amazon if you can't get them locally.

    You just slip the pages through the slot and you can still page through the magazine or article.

    Sometimes you just need to know what issue and what date it was, this keeps the cover info intact.

    In the case of catalogs do the same keeping the front and back, or wherever the customer and savings codes are, as well as only the pages of the products you may order.

    You can cut those piles down from 6-8 inches to less than two stored in binders.

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  106. Your post has such good timing. I too have a magazine problem, it was starting to become an issue between me and the Mr. So over the last two weeks, I've reviewed (can't just throw out) and tossed over 50 of them. I've pulled out one or two pages for my home scrapbook and some recipes. All of which are filed in binders. I am so proud of myself, it only took 2, ok maybe 4 years!

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  107. Well, I doubt you will read this comment, bc you will be reading one of your magazines instead if you have reading time.

    Anyway, I like Reader's Digest for the stories, and it is the perfect size for beach/airplane, etc reading. Very portable. However...I noticed I was wayyy behind on them, (like another commenter mentioned) they're still in the plastic. So I cancelled my sub until I could get caught up. Told myself it was ok to resub, but had to read these first, since they just kept coming! Looks like my last one came Nov 2010, & I still have not caught up. And I do read on the beach some......hmmm I do NOT care about all the issues I missed since then! And I am cancelling catalogs left & right so I can avoid that clutter too. Don't even think about what I am missing. (still have clutter of some kind though, a work in progress.)
    Thanks for keeping it real,
    Chrissy

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  108. I just love your blog and you are in my blogroll. I wanted to tell you that I posted a tutorial on how to make a window cornice out of styrofoam. I posted photos of the one I made for my sliding door and I hope you can take a moment to check it out...who knows you may want to make one yourself. its easy and a great way to dress up any window.

    http://inspirationallettersbymillie.blogspot.com

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  109. Preach it sista! I only get Southern Living magazine now...and can't bear the thought of tossing them. What if I NEED to make the cake on the cover (like I ever bake!)?
    Catalogs are hard too. What if "they" find out and quit sending them to me?
    But I do it...and I'm happier...I think.

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  110. Oh yea. I have the same problem. And I was just lamenting about it last night. The crapping up and then the decrapification with the magazines ... over and over. I wish I could say magazines were my only clutter issue. One of my blog readers said she thinks I stage my messy photos like here: http://livingrichonless.com/?p=1282. But honestly, the messy in my house always outweighs the pretty. The pretty photos are the staged ones, ya know what I'm sayin?

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  111. Wait, you did laundry AND put it away in the same day?! Super mom!

    Magazines tend to pile up in my house as well. I went through my pile yesterday and vowed not to read another book until the magazines are done (I've not yet read 50 shades of gray, NOR the Hunger games, which is killing me!) The rough thing is that most of my unread ones are National Geographics, which take hours to get through one magazine. The Parents and other random ones I can get through quickly.

    Good luck, I feel your pain!

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  112. OMGOODNESS, GIRRRRRRLLL!I have the exact same problem...er..love of catalogs and magazines and I too, cannot bear to toss a great majority of them! Like yourself, I fret over the (minor) possibility that I may miss something or toss something I otherwise DESPERATELY need! lol My friends call me "The Catalog Queen" for obvious reasons! I request them on a regular basis and in the late 80's and 90's when there used to be this "catalog of catalogs", I actually paid for a whole bunch of them, as well!!! Lately, however,due to my Pinterest obsession, I've begun to get way behind with my magazines and catalogs. I've begun to de clutter my stash and only save 2 magazines ( Romantic Homes and Romantic Country). The catalogs are a bit harder, as you pointed out, because they keep coming! But even with them, I've begun to weed them out and yes, for me it is DEF physically painful to get rid of them! It's nice to hear of someone who shares my passion for magazines and catalogs !

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  113. EVERY single day :(

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  114. I confess I have a problem. I even found a mag from the seventies (I was only five when this was published....I'd bought it at a garage sale). I couldnt wait to look thrugh it and my oh my, I am so glad I hung onto it....it had the perfect project in it (chandalier-handmade).

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  115. Me too!! In fact if I showed you my magazine/catalog stash, you might think your stash was small. I love all the free magazine subscriptions I can get with Coke Rewards points. And there is always a copy or two I NEED in the grocery checkout line. I've wondered how many blog junkies like me still hoard the paper stuff - feels good to know I'm not alone! I'm sure the publishers like it too.

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  116. thank you. thank you. i am normal.

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  117. I used to collect magazines every time they had a picture/ article of my favorite bands (music collector) or an inspiring idea... To scale things down and still keep what I wanted, I went through the few feet of magazines and (carefully) tore or cut out what I wanted to keep. I then bought portfolio books, binders and sheet protectors (the latter two items are readily available at dollar stores). I used the binders and sheet protectors to store craft, decor and fahion inspiration... The portfolio books became band scrapbooks... By then end I had nicely organized, archived books I could flip through, and it reduced a few feet of paper down to a few inches.

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  118. I am a Family and Consumer Science teacher and I use all the magazines you mentioned in my classroom! Instead of throwing them away or recycling, contact your local Family and Consumer Science or Home Ec teacher and see if you can donate them to their classroom!

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  119. Piles of magazines, piles of mail, piles period. I sat last night and went through some of the magazines and tore out the good stuff. now I have piles of torn out pages that need to get sorted...

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  120. I used to have the very same problem. Now I skim the mag, tear out what I want to save and slip it in a sheet protector, then into a large 3-ring binder where I keep my "Favorite Ideas." I have pics and articles with all kinds of ideas and how-tos (even some that were just ads I liked!) It's a great resource to have - along with your blog!

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  121. I love mags too. Can't seem to get rid of them all. :)

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  122. I used to hoard magazines, too. And cookbooks (Okay, I still have a lot of cookbooks) ... And catalogs.. I loved them all. But this year, my household went as digital as possible. So, I went through my magazine stash with my good camera and scanner and I started taking pictures/scanning pages of the things in the magazines that I liked, which I then sorted and stored on my computer. Digital space takes up no room at all in the house, and I still have everything that I love looking through for inspiration. (plus a whole bunch of room in my house back!)

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  123. I am a total magazine and catalog hoarded too! I always feel like I will miss something if I toss them out and ALWAYS tell myself I will get back to them (which I never do, or course)!

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  124. What is sad is that I buy and hoard organizing issues that come out towards the end of the year... right before tax season and new years resolutions... and I keep them forever! lol You just may humor me into the "cure"! :D

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  125. i'm in the same boat! I have magz and catalogs everywhere! This is what i started to do whenever it piles up. I've started to look at them while laying in bed. Then once i'm done reading the mag, i'll rip out the tips/recipes/websites that i want to keep and have started making a binder of these clippings glued/taped on a blank piece of paper(LONG sentence). Then i've bought those sheet protectors and slip those clippings in. I have a catagory for beauty tips, recipes, websites, workouts, etc... so when i do toss those magz out, i don't feel so bad LOL Good luck!

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  126. I have this exact SAME problem, only I also receive all the Ethan Allen, Restoration Hardware and Country Living (that I didn't even order!). But the Pottery Barn are my favorite. For some reason I get the most inspiration out of the Pottery Barn Teen Magazine... :)

    But thank you for inspiring me to purge some of them! You're right, we CAN live without looking at these one last time! And the best part is: Pottery Barn will always send us another tome of inspiration... Free!

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  127. Ok, I know this is an old post, but I just can't help but comment. Where do I start? I lurrrrve like "everything"! Magazines, fabric (even the little scraps! Ridiculous!), recipes, random things I think I could do something cool with (and when I say random...yeahhh trust me. You name it, I probably got it or think in my head I can make it-dear Lord....) I'm a registered dental hygienist, so I have all kinds of professional mags too that I have fallen hopelessly behind on tearing our articles in THOSE. However. The pics I've saved on my poor iPhone just take...the..cake. The computers I have won't even allow me to transfer them all without crashing (yeah, they're seriously old) I keep saying,"well at least I should put them in albums", except that would take hours upon hours. I think what I actually need is a big, fat, HUUUGE dose of reality!!! And pinterest for heaven's sake. Actually-i need to Just cut my losses and just get rid of ALL of it and start over, but do it 'smarter'...What a breath of fresh air that would be!! Why oh why do I weigh myself and my family down with all this STUFF? It drowns out the special stuff, collects dust which is bad for our health, and (duh) since I can't find anything again when i need it (talk about drive me bezerk) it's STRESSful, 'and' totally blocks any creativity- so what is even the POINT!? It is truly a tragedy! Just admitting this right now is helping me see it for what it really is! I am so glad I read this post tonight, I really needed it-thank you! (what, didn't you know you were a therapist too? Lol)

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  128. Well I had just commented after reading about half of everyone's comments, but then went back and read the rest! I think Pam Terrell said it best," You don't miss what you don't have or even know about." I'm seeing a pattern here, and we kind of laugh about "our little magazine addiction" but really, in the more extreme cases, this clutter can literally take over our lives...like many of the commentors have pointed out (and I am included in this!) it often doesn't stop at magazines...AND on top of it, it causes tension with our spouses, dust and dander and even bugs...which causes all kinds of health problems (personally I'm scared of brown recluses where I live-they like to live in 'undisturbed' areas like corners of closets, boxes shoved in corners for months and months-I've gotten to where now I'm scared to reach my hand into containers or boxes if I haven't touched it in a long time! Their bites can be disfiguring-I'd say google it and look at pictures but be warned: they are graphic!) so my point is: for you "extreme cases" like me, this is an inner battle only you can fight. It's not going to go away on its own (though I admit there have been times I've actually thought,"I guess if the house burned down I'd finally wake up and realize what's most important") but for heaven's sake, how far will we reach?!? Excuses, procrastination, denial, "escaping reality" because we can't deal with it-is never gonna make anything better. It's not gonna get rid of itself (we all know this deep down). I actually believe there must be to some degree some kind of "feel-good endorphins" released when we get that urge pour over ideas and pictures, etc. I believe it is just as addictive with much the same biophysical reactions as a drug. Do I know this for sure? No...but from observations of myself and what I'm hearing from others, I'd bet money on it. I don't mean to sound all preachy or know it all, just sharing my experience with this and thoughts on it. You know another thing-some people are good at organizing clutter. And some people (like me) take more time trying to organize and reorganize the clutter while the rest of the house is needing attn (not to mention kids and husband!) that maybe, just maybe-you have to completely ban yourself from it for a little while, just to see what would happen. And if you can do it. If the thought of that wrenches your soul-or you repeat attempts and can't do it- then you know for sure how addicted you are. I mean, that's not good for you or your family! Anyway, so sorry for such a long comment but I felt I really ought to mention all of this! Thanks, you sure hit a nerve for many, many women out there-but this is a good thing!! We're all on a journey! Lol

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  129. This hits home for me on a couple of different levels. Let me start by saying I just recently graduated from college. When I came back home, I had a mountain of junk in my room consisting of magazines, old note books full of MY hand written notes, books and other papers, syllabuses and enough homework to swim in.

    It took me a long week, but I started to come to terms with throwing away almost all of it. I kept the textbooks of course for my own personal library which I must say, starting was great. But I let go of a lot of notebooks full of random notes I had taken from the books, so I saw no real purpose to have them other than nostalgia.

    Magazines are just as nostalgic and that's why I understand your blight to get rid of them. My family has a similar pile of these old magazines too. Our household tradition is, when they get to the top, we throw them ALL OUT. No questions asked, then they slowly rebuild. We keep them in a wicker basket thing for easy grab access and they can be moved once haha so we're not picking up magazine after magazine.

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  130. So I was going back through some of your old posts and just stumbled upon this one. First of all, yes my magazines get out of control, and I hate to part with them! But this past fall when we were moving, I had a few bags of them I was going to recycle, but a friend said she could use them in their craft room at the Women's Home where she works. So in the future, you could donate if you have any local shelters, nursing homes or possibly any schools that need them for classes or art work.

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