Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Clutter Buster: Catalog Those Magazine Clippings

I am a self-professed magazine addict. It's really out of control but I do read all of them, every month. As a green mama this probably isn't the most green habit either. I realize that and have extreme guilt about it -- but I do recycle them.

When my husband and I were newlyweds he would be exasperated by my pile of magazines in our tiny condo mailbox every month but he was impressed that I read them all so he kept his mouth shut after that. I'm some sort of freaky magazine Rain woMan savant. I absorb random facts, crafts, decorating ideas, recipes and parenting tips from them and can remember stuff I read or saw 10 years ago. Wish I could have done that with something useful in school, like my chemistry or geometry textbooks, but they weren't interesting enough. If Martha Stewart, Family Fun, and Better Homes and Gardens had found a way to present my school work as home decor and craft ideas I would have had a much higher GPA. I aced Art, Photography and Clothing. [Editor's Note: these are the 3 classes I actually use to this day]

I clip out whatever I think I might want to reference later and recycle or pass along the rest of the magazine every month so I don't have shelves full of magazines. I do have one designated shelf for my magazine habit in our guest room. I have binders (with page protectors inside of them) that I file all of my fabulous inspiration into by category. This way I can easily grab a book of ideas whenever I'm working on a holiday project, planning a birthday party, or looking for the perfect organizing tip. Some of my categories include: "Home Projects: So Very Martha", "Halloween", "Birthday Party Ideas", "Parenting", "Winter", "Christmas", "Summer Entertaining", "Cute Craft Ideas", etc.

In case you're curious, here is my list of (14) magazines I have current subscriptions to:

Better Homes and Gardens
Southern Living
Family Fun
Wonder Time
"O" Oprah
Consumer Reports
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Ladies' Home Journal
Woman's Day
Everyday Food
LadyBug (that one is the Frog Princess' subscription)

I also steal my mom's leftover Martha Stewart and Family Circle magazines. You know, in case I run out of stuff to read...

Yeah....it really is out of control.

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