Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Glossy Situation

Inquiring minds want to know... or at least this girl's does:

 What do you do with all your magazines? I currently have several subscriptions... InStyle, Bon Appetit, House Beautiful, and Better Homes & Gardens. I also buy the occasional glossy off the rack when something in particular strikes my fancy.

I keep some of my magazines at work to read over lunch hour, and the rest here at home in baskets (which are starting to get a bit unruly). 


I think there are probably more buried in a box or storage bin somewhere in this house. Someday I'll go through them and recycle all of the really old ones, but I still like keeping most of them on hand. I guess I always think that I'll want to refer back to something, even though I rarely do. 

So, do you keep your magazines? Toss them? Recycle them? Organize them in magazine holders like these?


Do you display them out in the open, or hide them away in a closet somewhere? I've also thought about just tearing out only the articles that interest me and keeping those in a file. Maybe I would be more likely to give them a second look later on... 

I don't want to accumulate any more clutter than necessary, so why do I find it so difficult to part ways with all my mags??

Please divulge your storage solutions!

17 comments:

The Brick Cottage said...

Oh, I love magazines and keep most of mine out in the open. I display a collection of Real Simple and Domino in our living room. I also use magazine files for random mags that we want to keep organized by type (shelter, cooking and husbands) and then keep an assortment in our guest bedroom for guests. Last year, I put all the mags we no longer wanted and put them in our yard sale and actaully sold all of them!

Cuddleslut said...

I haven't bought a single magazine since I started blogging. Seems crazy.

micah @ the yellow front door said...

Where DON'T I keep magazines is the question. The living room, office, basement, and our bedroom all have magazines somewhere. I don't like to get rid of them either.

Amanda said...

TBC - Real Simple and Domino are nice looking magazines, so I don't blame you for displaying them. Good idea to make some money off your old ones!!

Micah - Well, you're no help. ;)

design_aholic said...

I just found a stack of mags from 2007 that I forgot I had, so I started ripping out pages that I wanted to keep. My decor mags though, I plan to keep displayed! Like House Beautiful, traditional home, better homes & gardens, etc, as reference for me! I rip catalogs up though and keep those in a binder instead of keeping the whole catalog. :)

Mrs. Chic said...

I'm a magazine JUNKIE - I love them, I have ones that are super old, because I do look though them..moslty fashion mags. I only have one Subs to House Beautifull - my friends give me mags all the time. I bought some wooden versions of the kohls one from Ikea...but they just sit un-used, I'm planning to purge ALOT of my mags and give them to the library of recycle

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

I keep my favorites in baskets and bins around the house, and then the ones I didn't really like (I'm talking to you, VERANDA!) I bring to work to drop off in the, er, ladies room. haha

dolores @ "Welcome to My Humble Ablog" said...

I can not part with my lovely piles of various magazines. I have them displayed in my living room, family room, and the bathroom (the man loves to read while on the john-yuck...sorry TMI). I've seen some swanky magazine holders but they are way too small for anyones collection!

Danielle and Clint said...

I have two subscriptions and Clint has one. His go in his game room because they are XBox mags. Mine usually are in a pretty pile on our computer desk. I try to only keep the ones that I found many interesting things in. Otherwise, I can pile them up quickly.

Tammy at Tattered and Timeless said...

I have tons of magazines - why ? My sister is a mag rep at Michaels, Lowes hardware, grocery stores so we get some all the time. I actually go through mine quickly at first then put them in a pile and go through them later and tear out what I want. Then these get filed once a month into binders by categories. I find that about once a year I go through the binders to see what must stay and what really was a flash in the pan. I only keep what I LOVE or an idea that I can use to make.
tammy

Amanda said...

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who clings to my magazines! Thanks for sharing all your comments, everyone.

Tammy - you sound so organized! The binder thing sounds pretty handy.

Kristi W @ Life at the Chateau Whitman said...

I like your baskets! I have a lot of magazine subscriptions too. I keep the photography ones (which actually came from Rob's dad) for future reference. For the house and design ones, I tear out recipes or inspiring home design pictures and keep them in a folder. I also get a few fitness magazines, and I occasionally will do the workouts in them (so I will save an issue if it has a good workout). The rest either get tossed or given to a friend. I recently started keeping a random copy of various publications for a basket in our guest bedroom. I just posted about it today on our blog if you want to check it out.

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

I need to do a post about my magazines - I never throw out any of them! I have an entire bookcase in my bedroom full of magazines (in cheap IKEA holders), another 2 shelves full in the downstairs playroom, and at least 3 huge baskets of them. I know - scary. But I seriously go through old issues at least once a week. Maybe I'm a bit obsessed?
Go ahead - laugh.
Danielle

kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

whoa. that's a lot of glossies.

i don't really have any ideas for you, but lately i've been thinking collages. like, obsessively. large scale vintage print type collages with modern iconic images mixed in. maybe even a sculpture.

random, i know.

sorry, that's all i got.

kelly

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hi there! Thanks for the visit the other day. :) I'm planning on doing a magazine storage post next week some time...it is soooo hard to part with them, but I also hate the clutter. :s

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

I keep most of them until they get overwhelming. When I moved to tossed really old ones but I keep my fitness mags and all my cooking magazines.

I need to go back through the cooking ones and rip out the recipes I want and make another binder. I know I don't need to save ALL of them. (They are displayed on a shelf in my girl cave).

Lovely Little Nest said...

I keep my favorites on our bookshelves and one stack is piled up under a lamp in the guest room :)

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