Like many of you, I subscribe to numerous shelter magazines and have done so for years. From House Beautiful to Elle Decor to Veranda to Southern Accents (RIP) to Cottage and Coastal Living to Domino (RIP) to Metropolitan Home (RIP) to Dwell (blah I never liked it much) to Southern Living, Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens, etc, I have always subscribed to about 10 a month. That is 120 shelter magazines a year times five years is well over 600 magazines that I have accumulated. There are certain magazines I always keep (Elle Decor, Veranda, Architectural Digest, and House Beautiful) and certain ones I always toss (recycle) after one reading, but the stacks of "keepers" has been growing out of control. I decided to spend some time and downsize.
Here is about 1/4 of the magazines I wanted to keep. It is just too much, and to be honest, when I see a shelf full of them, I don't usually have the inclination to pull one out and flip through it.
Because let's be honest. As much as I love shelter magazines and am fully aware of all the hard work that goes into production of each issue, the reason I keep certain issues isn't the market pages or recipes or trend spotting sections. It's the 5-10 pages towards the end of the magazine that include photographs of beautiful homes. Those pages that capture gorgeous interiors and rooms are the "good stuff," the real part of the magazine worth keeping. The rest of the magazine is fun to read once or twice, but it doesn't really remain as relevant over time.
So I bought a 3-ring binder and some sheet protectors.
I placed a fabric remnant in the front sleeve of the binder to make it cute. A wallpaper sample would be fun to use as well.
Then I went to work flipping through my stacks of magazines, page after page, ripping out photos of homes I love. It could be a floor plan or a color scheme or a particular piece of furniture or accessory that I love, or it could be anything by Meg or Miles or Ruthie. But I pulled something from nearly every magazine.
I put the pages in sheet covers.
And now I have hundreds of interior photographs right at my fingertips, neatly stored in a 3-ring binder.
The stack of 600 magazines is much smaller now.
I'll be working on these remaining stacks over the next few weeks when I have moments here and there.
What used to take up multiple bookshelves has been condensed to a 3-ring binder, and I am happy to be gradually lightening my load, little by little...
What magazines do you keep? Do you have shelves full of them?
*My set of Dominos remains fully in-tact, and I have no plans to change that!*