Holly: Yep, everyone has the same problem. I finally came to terms
with it, and after the first of the year I am taking mine to a near
by city and giving it to their Visual Arts Center. They have a
library and a very active jewelry group, and by putting it in the
library, I am assured that the all students will be able to enjoy the
issues rather than just one person having them all.
And yes, I debated about cutting out the things I had earmarked, but
truth be told, I had to consider how seldom I actually had gone to
those magazines - Now and again there is something I really want to
check on, but have come to the conclusion that I can go to the
website of the magazine and most of the articles can be had on line
for downloading for a minimal price.
Just as I finally parted with my baby grand piano (I marked on my
calendar for a whole year every time I played it (and it turned out
to be exactly 5) and then only for short times - and once gone I
didn’t really miss it - well maybe a tad at the outset, but I made a
group of transitional youths at the YMCA very happy and it went to a
And so my magazines will leave my happy home next week and though
the parting is initially painful - and yes I have longingly
considered keeping “some” of them - but the whole lot of them is
GOING and I’m sure once gone, I’ll adjust and be fine AND there will
be room for the new issues I keep getting. I’m giving away 10 years
of Lapidary Journal, about 6 years of Ornament, tons of Metalsmith,
American Craft, and Bead and Button etc…
I can’t advise you what to do with yours, but am glad I’ve settled
the issue with my own. And I’m loving the space this has freed up.
I’m on a tear of purging everything I don’t use from this house -
and am finding a new freedom once the things are gone. I’ve decided
I’ll only keep those things I like, love, and use - everything else
is going. Maybe this is just what happens when you get older (I’m on
my way to 78 next summer) but it is definitely very liberating.
Good luck with your own decisions - am glad mine are made.