Monday, May 11, 2009


Magazines are one of those things I have a hard time letting go of after I finish reading.

I might need to reread it years down the road. 
There are so many good ideas in there I will never remember if I get rid of them. 
If I throw it out I will need something in there two weeks later. 

My list goes on and on.

I toss catalogs all the time but my magazines are all piled and stuffed among my art supply closet. I just can't seem to get rid of them.

Today I threw out the first magazine... maybe ever.

For years I have wanted to start one of those binders that organizational articles are always talking about in my many magazines. I just never could wrap my mind around how I would put one together. How do I group things together, how do I cut apart my magazines, I can't just punch holes in the pages (I might punch right through something important), and each magazine is a different size so the pages won't be uniform. All reasons to keep me saying, "I'll make a binder later."

Saturday I was with a group of moms and we were talking about organizing your home and life. I feel organized, I know when people come over they think I have it together on keeping my home organized. Well I know there are a few areas that need help (my storage closet already met my wrath) and magazines are one of those areas! Lori brought her magazine binder to share with us. She keeps ideas for crafts to do with her kids, seasonal decoration ideas, recipes, etc. She uses page protectors for all the magazine pullouts (and things she prints from the computer). It was beautiful! For some reason seeing this binder was what made me realize I can do it too.

So this morning I looked through a Family Fun magazine and pulled out all the articles that I wanted to save, marked them so my eye jumps right to them when I flip through the binder and out of one magazine that was 120 pages I saved NINE pages. That was 111 pages that were cluttering up my house. I really don't want to think about how many pages are sitting in my basement....

Thanks Lori for making me see I can do it too!

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.

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