The project du jour today is further tweaking of the library into a nicer, cozier space. Started with one major improvement last weekend (shifted the bed 45degrees so it didn't stick out so much) and after sitting here several nights over the last week, decided to shift the bookcases as well.
Emptied the biggest bookcase, moved it across the room, dusted and re-loaded it with books. Which leaves me with the magazines. Oh wonderful magazines!
Explanatory paragraph. I've had a love-hate relationship with magazines all my life. I love them. And I hate to get rid of them. As much as I have no problem getting rid of clutter, magazines have never fallen into the clutter catagory. How can something you love be clutter? (JOKE!) Yeah, let's not go there, ok? This from someone that moved from CA to FL with collections of REAL SIMPLE and OPRAH from the very first issue published.
And moved the stack yet again from my house into my apt when I separated. And yes boys and girls, one day I did wake up and decide ENOUGH and dumped every single last one in the magazine bin at the Deerfield Beach recyling center. Over 200# of magazines GONE. And the world didn't end.
Which brings us to this moment.
The magazines have multiplied yet again. Unbelievable but true. They basically fall into 4 categories :
#2-Home decorating magazines...primarily HOME and COASTAL LIVING and the newest addition COTTAGE LIVING with the occasional artsy-fartsy type of magazines, the BH&G How To Series and a couple of issues of BUDGET LIVING. And yes, I know if you're living on a budget you DON'T buy magazines. Humor me, ok?
#3- Chick magazines...SELF, ALLURE, FITNESS, OPRAH
#4- IN STYLE. Mainly get that one for the decorating parts altho the articles on killer beauty products are usually good for an informative read-thru, paying special attention to really yummy smelling lotions.
So I'm sitting here surrounded by 63 of the above magazines and realize I have to send most of them off to the recycling bin in the garage. And I'm bummed.
Have I read them? Yup. Have I enjoyed them. Totally. Is there any valid reason to keep them? Valid, no...not really. It's more a want than a need. Nice to have on hand after a long day at work of being on the phone all day then coming home and wanting nothing more than to vege with the iPod and cozy up with a past issue of REAL SIMPLE or COASTAL LIVING or HOME.
What to do? Magazines are a relatively harmless addiction. I'm not a shopaholic, only hit the mall 3 or 4 times a year, and I don't really accumulate anything else...other than CD's and THAT addiction will only continue to grow and I am perfectly fine with that. These days, would much rather buy CD's over food, alcohol and extra-curricular activities. Actually, the magazines will go in a heartbeat well before any CD's leave the house.
Wait. I think in that last sentence I just decided what I need to do. Yeah...
OK, break time over.
Thanks for listening, Internet...knew I could depend on you to help me sort this out.