Ah, there’s nothing like a glossy magazine waiting in the mailbox for you after a long workday staring at a computer screen. Flipping through magazine pages for news and inspiration helps us unwind and can be more cozy and satisfying than browsing website pages.
Unlike websites, however, hard copies of magazines take up tangible space. Magazines are periodicals, which means they are published at regular intervals. They are meant to be topical and replaced by the next publication, not accumulated since the dawn of the subscription!
Magazines should not be part of home or office décor. You never see more than a handful of magazines in those picture-perfect interior design spreads, so if periodical pileup is an “issue” for you, you may want to reclaim your much-needed space.
But the solution is simple: When you receive a new issue, discard the old one. If there is inspiration in them, take a picture or cut out the specific image or article instead of saving the whole magazine. Better yet, see if the article is available online and save it to your computer in an aptly marked folder.
If you collect magazines like National Geographic or Time, ask yourself why. Is it because you like how they look on the shelf? Do you reference them? Do you think they will be worth money in the future? If you’re not referencing them frequently, consider what you could do with the space. Keep in mind that the articles are all online (digital archives are usually included with subscriptions), and unfortunately, there’s not much money to be made from most old magazines. They are meant to be digested quickly, or at least before the next one arrives in your mailbox. Don’t feel obligated to hold onto them if you haven’t read them—recycle them! If you feel bad recycling them, donate the most current ones to a local clinic, center, or doctor’s office.
Don’t let periodicals pile up any longer. Free yourself from the burden, and only subscribe to what you love to peruse. No one is your judge if you keep the subscription to Us Weekly and unsubscribe from Newsweek. Read what you love, and love the extra space you’ve made for yourself!
- Discard. Gather up all your magazines and discard all but the current copies. If you have pages bookmarked, see if the pages are still of interest. Clip those pages and file them into folders (Recipes, To Read, Wedding Inspiration, Design, etc.), simply take a picture, or even see if the articles are available online. These can be incorporated into your filing system, placed into sheet protectors in labeled three-ring binders, or digitally stored.
- Make a choice. Compose a list of all the magazines you subscribe to. Decide which magazines you would like to keep subscribing to and unsubscribe from the rest, even if the subscription isn’t up. Go digital (it’s better for the environment too) for some if you subscribe to a plethora of publications. Copy-heavy magazines like The New Yorker are easier to read on devices than fashion or design magazines like Vogue and Architectural Digest.
- Create space. Choose a designated space for all magazines and associated files. When you receive a new issue, replace with the fresh edition after filing the articles you want to keep for reference. Review and purge reference files on a quarterly basis to make space for new inspiration.