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Open House: Magazine Hoarding

I heart magazines. I heart and star and rainbow and unicorn them. Especially shelter magazines. It's kind of a problem, a real dilemma. At this very moment, there are six mags sitting beside me untouched because I simply don't have enough time to read all that I'd like to. So, they pile up. And, the magazines in my home are another story. Even those that I have read, marked with dog-ears, etc., I can't seem to part with. I know there are over a dozen ways to repurpose your magazines, but they're too precious to me to do so. It pains me to cut them up. How about you? Do you have a problem with hoarding magazines? Do you recycle them? Repurpose them? Do you save them? Do you even read magazines at all or are you a blog fiend? Tell me by commenting below!

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snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
i had loads of time to read them in middle school and high school and now all my old ones are collecting dust in my old room at home. (seventeen and vogue mostly) i don't seem to get as much use or pleasure out of magazines as i used to so have to really restrain myself from buying too many! the ones i have recently bought are behind our ikea arild sofa. theres a place to kind of hide stuff behind the back pillows on that sofa, which is great for us because baby likes to rip up/ eat any paper he can find!
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
I'm a glutton for the glossies as well, and I'm always on the lookout for a chic magazine rack (post hint, *cough*)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I try and make it a point to only keep a few in the wall basket I have.
evenwhen evenwhen 8 years
I just scan all my magazines! When I've scanned a magazine, I convert the files to a PDF and put that PDF on the external hard drive I bought just for storing my magazines, and then I recycle the magazine. It works like a charm - no clutter and I can look at my (huge!) collection of magazines whenever I want to!
Tech Tech 8 years
This is so me. I can't stop collecting maagazines and also can't get rid of them.
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 8 years
I've definetely had a problem hoarding magazines! So what I've recently started doing is recyclying them. Unfortunately my apt complex doesnt recycle paper (I'm not quite sure why?!) so I usually end up bringing them to my office to recycle. I've recently thought about using them though for some fun craft project, like découpaging or something. So I've started to hoarde them again :(. Another problem I have is that it takes me ages to read them! So they just sit on my coffee table, waiting, taunting me to read them! Haha.. :)
esmerb esmerb 8 years
and here i thought i was the only one with a magazine issue... i'm so glad to know i have a support group!
artsyvixen artsyvixen 8 years
I am a total magazine addict! I read so many of them. I always have a stack near my bed and look over them lots. L.O.V.E. magazines! { Lindsey }
wildegurl wildegurl 8 years
Last week, I finally filled up my two canvas bags full of In Style, Lucky, ReadyMade, EatingWell, Glamour, and Domino and schlepped over to my library. No joke, I left 60 magazines lighter. But when I came back to my apartment, I found even more magazines in other parts of my apartment that I didn't even see... I'm like a cat lady, except with magazines....
luminousfae luminousfae 8 years
I cut out pages I like, that i think are pretty or inspirational, or simply don't want to lose and toss the rest
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I was just contemplating this problem yesterday. I'm very anti-clutter, but magazines are the one place I really struggle. I used to swap with friends via the mail, but it got too expensive for everyone to continue participating. Sometimes I'll bring things I've read to work and leave them in the common areas in hopes that someone else can enjoy them. Otherwise they just sit in stacks around the house until someone wants an issue or until I take them to the recycle bin. I've done the binder thing with workouts from my fitness magazines. Perhaps I should think about that for my shelter magazines, too. It breaks my heart to rip things out if someone else could enjoy the magazine in its entirety.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
LOVE my Mags!!! I can NOT part with my InStyle and Vogue Mags! :love: I have them all over the place. :)
karen-zoo karen-zoo 8 years
Love love LOVE magazines, and they will send me broke!
Blackthorne Blackthorne 8 years
I can't make myself throw away any of my AKC Gazettes. Picture clipping isn't really applicable, and its taking up precious bookshelf space.
codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
I bought 3 big magazine boxes from IKEA because it seems like they would hold a lot more than magazine racks can, but I have yet to assemble them and put my magazines in them. Right now my magazines are still in a couple of cardboard boxes, a plastic file box, plastic bags, and paper bags.
C-Ruth C-Ruth 8 years
Thank you Casa for posting this! I as well need the answer to these questions. As for now I am just barely making it through with my magazines, some in upholstered boxes, some sitting out on a wooden chest, some and book shelf, and some on shelf in my closet. But soon I will have far too many! So far I've found PeachyKeen19's second suggestion the most useful. But I'm still not sure if I'd be able to part with the magazines themselves. It's no just what in them that I love. But it's the magazines in their entirety! Help!!!
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
PeachyKeen19, cool! I forgot I also have handbag and SHOE look books! (gotta have shoes represented in a BIG way!)
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
My mom is a total magazine hoarder. There are Southern Living's and Essence's from at least 5 years ago EVERYWHERE. It's very frustrating.
Doll112 Doll112 8 years
I can't part with my magazines too...... so I ended up doing a coffee table with them. Don't tear apart, and if I get sick of the table, I still have my magazines back....
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Punk Glam Queen, I use sheet protectors too!! We also have an HP printer and I'll actually copy the pages...I used to just keep the pages but it seemed less neat. Now, I copy it and it's more of a print out and then stick it in my sheet protectors. I have several binders but I'm working (or will be working) on dividing things up by themes into different look books too!
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Oh my, magazine hoarding is my BIGGEST problem. I tend to do the same as the other posters, they'll accumulate for awhile and then when I get around to it I'll flip through and clip and tear out pages and things I want. Which can honestly be a problem in and of itself if I end up not using those pages, they just become more clutter. It takes me awhile but eventually I'm magazine free, until it starts all over again...Lol.
amers230 amers230 8 years
i am a total magazine hoarder. i love buying them and i love reading them. they just stack up in my room until i start tripping over them, then they get sent to work with my dad, who donates them to the outreach center he works for. i always intend to cut out the pages i love and start various scrapbooks but i put it off until i get so sick of seeing my mags all over that i just want to get rid of them lol.
pennies pennies 8 years
me too, i used to have boxes and boxes full of magazines stored in the attic but one day i decided to flip through them and cut out what i wanted to keep and i've been doing that pretty regularly with my new magazines that come in as well. i bought one of those portfolio envelopes that's divided up by 6 sections and i mark each section as fashion, beauty, home decor, food, holidays, etc and whenever i cut something up, i just sort them. then when i have time to sift through my scraps, i'll paste them into those cheap craft paper scrapbooks that are meant for kids to create nice, compact look books.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
I'm like you Casa, total magazine addict. I have them all over the house. Except I've *finally* gotten myself to tear out what I really want to keep, and recycle the rest. I've started a bunch of "look books" fashion/beauty, and home stuff with them in sheet protectors, put into pretty binders. Eventually I'll go through everything... when, who knows? (;
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