I really don't purchase a lot of fabric - in fact its become less and less as the years pass.
I'm quite content to look, admire, and move on these days, but I cannot say the same thing about my love of magazines.
Take me to the newsagency and if there's an interesting decorating or crafting magazine in my line of sight I'll most definitely stop to open my wallet - especially if it's from the UK.
Magazines of the home-making, country life or sewing kind are "my one true weakness" as Miss Lane would say (ever watched Lark Rise To Candleford?) and I'm quite okay about that, as is my beloved Mr E, bless his precious heart!
I never allow my magazine or book collections to overfill my bookcases so once a year I pull all the magazines off their shelves and I sit for a day or two with scissors, coffee, snacks and a bin.
As I'm still not 100% recovered from this head cold I thought a couple more slow days at home would be in my best interest, so today heralded the start of this year's magazine declutter.
The morning began with a good healthy breakfast...
...then I waved Mr E off to work and settled down to the task at hand.
I work on one shelf of magazines at a time...
...cutting out photos of homes or rooms that inspire me, patterns I might make, recipes, colour schemes that catch my eye, how-to's, and other things that I'd like to have on hand for reference.
Over the course of the morning and into early afternoon I thoughtfully turned each page of over 50 magazines, removed what I wanted, and threw the rest in the bin.
Everything I keep is stacked on one of five themed 'piles' so that when I finish this task sometime tomorrow they can be placed into plastic sleeves and organised into a set of binders for easy access in the future...
I'll show you how I do that with some photos next week, just in case you'd like to sort through your magazines too.
I filled and emptied my bin many times over today, and having clear shelves to look forward to means I might just change the furniture around too. You know how one task leads to another which leads to another? I thrive on these 'adventures'.
I should say that there are some magazines I do not take apart or throw away, but I'll wait till next time to show you what they are.
I wonder if you can guess??
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