Two days ago I had foot surgery and I am down for the count. As I sit with my foot propped up,painkillers and antibiotics by my side, I contemplate what can be placed next to me on the bed that I can organize. Magazines!
You see, I used to have a sad conversation with my husband about my lack of passion (not that kind..ok?). I’m referring to being passionate about certain things in life. My husband is passionate about metal and machines. He happily makes his living in a shop…making stuff out of metal. I have a good friend who is passionate about helping people and is about to embark on a second-part-of-her-life career in social work. I never thought that I had a real passion, but I do. It is not a passion I would have chosen. I believe passions find us. I wish I would have been born with a nobel passion to spread peace or cure world hunger. Instead, my passion comes in the form of creativity. Because of this, I am inspired by many things. Unfortunately, I tend to collect and save that which inspires me. I am especially moved by color and texture. I drool over art supply websites. I love fabric ribbon..the vintage kind, I like pencils, pens, journals, paints, sketchbooks, photographs and photography equipment, paper, clay, glazes, books and magazines…lots and lots of magazines. Not just any magazines though. I am drawn to art, craft and home decor magazines.
Today, with foot held high, I am on a mission to purge my life of the many magazines that I have collected over the years. My favorite collection consists of two titles that are no longer in print: Cottage Living and Mary Englebreit’s Home Companion. Though I’m not a fan of ME the artist, I was often inspired by her profiles of other artists. A quick eBay check tells me I could sell my ME Home Companion collection, but do I really want to? How do I hang onto all of the inspiration hiding inside the stacks of glossy paper now keeping me company bedside, while purging my life of boxes of heavy magazines weighing down my bookshelves? It seems such a waste? And isn’t it just wrong to send even more scrap to the landfill?
This thought process made me do some internet searching and I came up with some interesting old magazine opportunities:
Magazine Recycling: http://www.ehow.com/how_2127818_recycle-old-magazines.html
Make Magnets! http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2007/03/old-magazines-put-to-good-use.html
Make Envelopes! http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/magazine_envelopes (I’ve done this before. They are quite nice.)
While I don’t see myself making envelopes or magnets out of magazines any time soon, I have decided what to do with my collection:
- The Home Companion collection stays intact. I have made an agreement with myself. These are by far my most inspiring resources and I read them cover to cover. Keeping this collection means being extra-viligent about purging the remainder of my magazines.
- My creative interests fall into 5 distinct categories: home decor, art, cooking, gardening and organization. I’m going to neatly tear out the “keeper” articles and scan them into appropriately named folders on my computer. I’ll tuck the articles back into the magazines and offer them to any interested friend, relative, organization, etc.
- Whatever magazines remain will go to the nearest recycling facility that accepts glossy paper.
And finally, my new, simple commitment: Future magazines will be enjoyed digitally, or borrowed and articles of interest will be copied. It’s time to leave the trees in the woods and not bring toxic inks into the household.
So I begin… I would love to hear from anyone who has more ideas on what to do with old magazines.