Sunday, May 23, 2010
I have tons of old magazines that I can't seem to throw away. I probably should recycle them, but our neighborhood doesn't participate in the city's recycling program. I'm not sure why we don't, or how we could get involved with it, but we are only tenants here anyway. So I guess we have to go through all the magazines and take them to a recycling center.
My problem is that I feel like I'm throwing away lots of information when I toss magazines. We have political magazines, church magazines, parenting magazines, and wildlife magazines for the kids. We also get the magazines that our individual universities put out to alumni, which generally only come about 4 times a year. I also get the magazine specific to my college that I graduated from.
I read the parenting magazines right when they come. Although I haven't renewed my subscription since it expired in December. I figure that most of the ideas the magazines have are just recycled and reused over and over and I don't really get much new information with each issue, although they are fun to read.
I don't always read the alumni magazines. I haven't really looked at the kids' wildlife magazines either, which was only a one-year subscription and has expired. The church magazines are completely accessible online, so I often wonder why I pay $18/month to have them. I read the Ensign cover to cover when it comes, but my husband doesn't ever look at it and my kids don't ever look at the Friend unless I force them to during Sacrament Meeting.
So why do I hang onto all these magazines? I don't like tossing them. I do usually go through them once a year and get rid of the past year's issues, but not until after re-reading every single issues to make sure I'm not throwing anything very valuable away and then I'll pull out pages or copy ideas for my files if there's anything good that I think I can't live without.
Does anyone else have this problem? Or something similar that they can't seem to clear away?