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My Magazine Issues…

My name is Estela and I am a magazine hoarder.

Its true. I have so many magazines it drives Mr. Weekly Bite crazy. If I see one picture I like, I keep the magazine. Since we’re moving across the country, I can’t hide behind my magazines any longer. It was time to face reality and throw everything out.

*Note* These picture are just a tiny representation of how many magazines I have.

I have this 1940’s retro magazine holder in our living room. This holds all the latest magazines. Once we get new ones in, I go through the old ones, and if there’s any pictures of inspiration I like, the magazine finds its place in another room(s).

I pulled out the Williams-Sonoma recipe binder that my mom gave me two Christmases ago.

Its so pretty πŸ™‚

I also found a leather album I purchased several Β years ago to hold all my decorating inspiration. Just so you get the full picture, it was last updated in 2007.

It was fun see how my taste has changed since then.

Then it was time to get to work. I went through every magazine and catalog I had saved. The amount of Pottery Barn catalogs I had was embarrassing.

I sat for hours and hours carefully thumbing through each page and cutting out all the pictures and recipes I found interesting.

Close to three hours later and about 40 interruptions by M, I was done!

All my favorite recipes in my Williams-Sonoma binder…

All my decorating inspiration contained in my leather binder….

The only magazine left in the house is the latest issue of People Magazine (which I don’t throw out till the next one arrives πŸ™‚ )

24 Responses

  1. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on February 9, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Oh my gosh…I seriously had the same problem. I had to go cold turkey on the magazines because my cut out collection of recipes and home decorating stuff got so out of control, there was no organizing it. They are now in huge tuperwares that need to be gone through and I still can’t seem to part with them.

  2. Estela - Weekly Bite said on February 9, 2011 at 7:49 am

    So glad to hear I’m not the only one πŸ˜‰

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet said on February 9, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I am a terrible magazine hoarder! I almost had a coniption fit when we moved and my husband threw away many of them.

  4. Blog is the New Black said on February 9, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I am a hoarder, too! I have to eventually dispose of them by giving them away or leaving them at the gym. Your recipes from mags are so well-organized in your binder- I try to put mine in a 3-ring binder with a hole punch. Does the WS binder come with the plastic for that purpose?! Gotta get me one, if so!

  5. Estela - Weekly Bite said on February 9, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Yes! The WS binger comes with plastic covers for magazine pages πŸ™‚ You can also order refills too πŸ™‚

  6. Nicole, RD said on February 9, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I have this very same magazine hoarding issue πŸ™‚ I have started putting old magazines in the baskets that hold toilet paper in each our bathrooms. Baskets that should easily hold 5+ rolls now hold about 1-2 πŸ™‚ Oops!

  7. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on February 9, 2011 at 8:57 am

    NOT to encourage your problem…but I am SUCH a magazine hoarder that I hauled all of mine from Indiana to Pennsylvania when we moved.

    I think I might have a real problem. πŸ™‚

  8. Lauren at KeepItSweet said on February 9, 2011 at 8:58 am

    That is a great idea. I was holding onto so many magazines for a while and finally just got rid of all of them! Now I just have some Cooking Lights… the problem is I never even use them!

  9. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons said on February 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Let me just start off by saying, darling twin, that consider yourself lucky it only took three hours. Every 6 months the my husband gets orders to move for more flight training and I have to do this (total magazine hoarder here too!) It takes an entire day. I stop and read everything in sight.

    but ohmygosh do I love it! =) I’ll never stop! neverrrr! hehe

  10. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on February 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Isn’t it great how moving forces us to get organized? I have similar issues w/ magazines and my dear husband just doesn’t understand.

  11. megan @ whatmegansmaking said on February 9, 2011 at 9:50 am

    well done! I totally need to do this too…

  12. C. said on February 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

    We do the same thing in my home. Except my hubby collects video game/sports mags. I take all my mags and tear out the insprirational stuff too. I created a Look Book for all my decor wishes!

  13. Rebecca said on February 9, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I have a filling bin where I keep my recipes and ideas like this. It is huge. I need to organize it better. Thanks for posting this!

  14. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods said on February 9, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I love this idea! I have been shoving ripped out magazine pages in a file in our filing cabinet- really need to get a binder like yours.

    Love the vintage magazine holder, very classy!

  15. Melanie Flinn said on February 9, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Same problem. I can’t believe you got through all of them! I’ve tried and it definitely takes time. I bet it feels good (especially for your hubby) that you won’t be dragging them across the country. πŸ˜‰

  16. Blog is the New Black said on February 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Thanks, Estella! I just went onto the site and found it! πŸ™‚

  17. Natalia - a side of simple said on February 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I don’t buy magazines specifically because I know I would hoard them! Instead I’ll spend hours at B&N poring through their pages. I love what you’ve done, though, with the clippings and binders. Maybe I’ll start this as a hobby/guilty little pleasure? Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Eliz@The Sweet Life said on February 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    what a beautiful selection of photos!!!

  19. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said on February 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Okay, woah! Your header just changed on me as I clicked over to comment. And I was just thinking how much I’m liking the new feel and look of your site. So professional!!! The different header tops it off too. πŸ™‚

    I always keep the articles/recipes etc from magazines that I like. I used to keep the whole magazine and it got out of hand. I don’t have a nice filing system though. I could probably use that.

  20. Chicago Cuisine Critique said on February 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    It must feel so good to be organized. One of these days, I will have to get on board with that. It is so much easier to keep the magazines at this moment. πŸ™‚

  21. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking said on February 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Estela, this is a beyond wonderful idea for keeping your decorating ideas handy! Absolutely love this and plan to put some similar way of organizing in motion for myself! Thanks for sharing. I’m so glad to have found your blog and look forward to seeing more! πŸ™‚ – Georgia

  22. Michelle said on February 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    LOVE the new look!!! I feel like I am reading a page from your silver journal!

  23. Annemarie said on February 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Great fan of the page, a ton of your blog posts have truly helped me out. Looking forward to posts!