Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Letting them go

I have been a subscriber to Real Simple magazine for more than five years now, and I have saved every page. I recently counted more than 60 issues in my closet, and I've decided it's time to let them go. Some of you may be horrified, thinking either: 1) Why on earth have you kept them this long? or 2) How can you stand to get rid of them now? Those are both valid responses. =)

It's been like visiting old friends as I thumb back through articles--some that have been referenced numerous times. I am of course tearing some ideas and recipes out as I go, and watching for artsy photos to make "my sister's cards".

My husband has willingly supported my collection, but we'll both appreciate having additional space in our clothes closet. (Why I've stored them there, I can't say--it's just where they ended up.) I think the magazine would approve of this purging, too--after all, their tagline is "life made easier".

Anyone else have a magazine they love? Can you beat my record (more than 62 issues of the same magazine)?!

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, Carrie -- I never counted the number of back issues of Victoria magazine that I've kept until this morning -- 131! I did part with quite a few of the newer issues after they went through a change in masthead and focus a few years ago. But as you say, these are like old friends. Each month I take out a couple of issues to "revisit" and can often retrieve a specific article quickly just from memory.

Victoria is resuming publication this fall and Monica gave me a subscription for my birthday. :) I'll have to figure out how to store more issues (or consider parting with some!) -- the 131 copies that I now have just fit on a bookshelf in the family room.

Love you, Mom

Tracy said...

Carrie- I saved Country Home magazine for a long time. About every three years I'd have to purge them. I finally made a book with all my favorite pictures in it. It's tough to throw them out! I haven't had a subscription in a long while and I'm contemplating getting it again. It's just not the same online!

thehomespunheart said...

I have a limit in my crafting cabinet and that is absolutely all I let myself keep - I usually pass the current issues on to a friend or cut the pages out I want for notecards and donate them to the library. I've come a long way because mom can attest to the fact that I used to keep WAY more than this! :)

I love getting the new issues each month, so I am motivated to keep them cleaned out. I don't want to stop any of my subscriptions because I get so much enjoyment out of them!

Leah in Iowa said...

The only magazines I subscribe to are "Taste of Home" and "Quick Cooking", which is now called Simple & Delicious I think. I don't care for QC's new format, but I've had both of them since their premiere issues so I guess I'll continue on. Is that a bad reason to keep buying them ~ because I always have?? I just love all the color photos, and of course the new recipes!! =)

Laura said...

I can't really beat you on the collection, but I can match you. I have every issue of RS as well. My husband has been accommodating (if not while rolling his eyes a little) as he's moved the boxes that house my treasured collection on several moves to different houses. I love me some RS. I'm not at the place where I'm ready to get rid of them, but I know my day is coming. Though I'm starting to collect all the Wondertime magazines - which will be a great collection for years to come for my children!

Mrs. U said...

I had a TON of Taste Of Home magazines until about 8 months ago. I decided it was time to set them free!! HAHA!! I figured if I hadn't looked at them in ages, I did not need them anymore. I think I only had about 20, though. NOTHING like your collection!! WOW!!

His,
Mrs. U

Rebecca said...

But the question is, what to do with them if you choose not to keep them?

Someone (we have yet to figure out who!) generously gave my husband a subscription to National Geographic for Christmas. Is it even legal to throw those away? lol

If I remember, I'm going to ask my neighbor who works in juvenile court to take them for the waiting room. :)

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

I can relate. I had issues of Country Woman since 1991! Last fall I went through all of them again (such a joy!) and cut out the recipes and ideas to keep. It was a tough decision to let them go, but well worth it for the extra space.

Kara K said...

Carrie, I've had a subscription on and off (mostly on) to Martha Stewart Living since 1997. I come pretty darn close.

Ewokgirl said...

I'm a Martha Stewart Living junkie. I have every issue I've received as a subscription, and I've even bought back issues on Ebay. I have several years' worth. They're in cute magazine holders from IKEA (super cheap) and are stored in my craft room.

All other magazines go into the recycling bin after I finish them.

Sarah B. B. said...

Ditto on the National Geographics. My parents subscribed throughout my childhood, and I think they are all still on the shelf in the guest bedroom there. Our collection is, fortunately, smaller, but will probably take an entire shelf of our bookcase!

PS Carrie - stop by my blog if you get a chance. ;)

Jody said...

I subscribe to Ireland of the Welcomes. I've got 5 years worth. They will probably never go away. Real Simple,however,has been cancelled in my house. Not enough new info for me. :)

Liz said...

Carrie--Your post cracked me up!! I too am a Real Simple collector. I knew I didn't have sixty...but I do have forty issues! I canceled my subscription, although I'd love to get it again. I've kept them to hopefully be able to implement some of the ideas when my husband and I buy our first home.

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

I can't beat your collection... but I do love Real Simple. Southern Living is also one of my very favorites.

Lisa said...

I've saved every issue of Cottage Living (from issue #1) but they are only on year three...but I agree with Ewokgirl, magazine collections look cute in IKEA magazine holders! I bought the 5 pack and each one holds a year of issues. I might have to buy another pack before the pattern sells out as I'm not sure if I will be ready to purge my collection in less than two years :)

Gift of Green said...

Hi Carrie -
First, thanks for stopping by my blog and for your nice comment. I am loving Works for Me Wednesday.
Second - I come no where close to your collection of RS magazines, but I know the feeling - I am started collecting Family Fun magazine and this could become a major problem. ;) I look forward to reading more of your blog!

What Works For Us said...

Wow - that's a long time!

I save all my Oprah magazines!

Amy said...

I have tons of issues of this magazine too. It is just too pretty to get rid of. I know how hard that must have been!

I keep these issues and the Martha Stewart Living magazine. I just can't bear to part with them.

It is good to know that I am not alone :)