My Boyfriend thinks my magazine collection is a little obsessive. There’s just something about the crisp pages, double spread editorials and striking covers. They are not as big as a commitment to a book, which means I have plenty of time to finish reading through them – well that’s what I like to think. I love to use them for stacking on shelves and display units, and also have a habit of buying duplicates. It’s only ever on the last page that I notice “I’ve read this all before”.
I’ve always been obsessed with magazines and lord help you if you bend a corner of one of my pages. Any one with me here? It’s the worst. When i moved out, I had three brown boxes of perfectly stacked Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. You name it, I probably had it in my collection. I love the idea of knowing that I can look back at an article for reference or inspiration. They are not newspapers – as much as my boyfriend likes to think they are.
I’ve been trying a new system to sort through and keep a handle of things.
Many magazines now have a ton of content online. If I see a preview of something or their social media account features something I’d like, I will then purchase it. There’s no need to assume I would want it.
Although, subscribing makes sense – it is way less expensive. But, if I pick up 2-3 magazines a month, I’m saving even more.
2. Add in a deadline
If I haven’t opened it up and started flicking through the pages within a week – I’m less likely to ever.
3. Make references
I originally wanted to fold down the corner of a page which I wanted to get back to, but my constant fear of folded pages came back to haunt me. So, I found these PaperChase Neon Arrow Sticker Markers to simply stick to the edge of the page. Added bonus is – they leave no marks!
4. Make Reading accessible
Any recent magazines are allowed to be neatly stacked on my dresser or coffee table. This way they are in easy reach and double up as decoration with their pretty covers.
5. The Cut
Any magazines which I haven’t highlighted with my Paper Chase Stickers or does not have the best looking cover (if they don’t look pretty on my coffee table – where else can they go?!) I simply recycle or donate to my local library or doctor’s surgery. This petrifies the hoarder in me. But, I definitely feel better in the long run.
I hope this helps motivate anyone, who like me has come to the realisation of their problem.