April 22, 2010
I'm a home decorating nut. You wouldn't have any idea by the looks of my house (well, the bottom floor of my house that most people see), but it's true. I keep telling myself that one day - maybe after the kids move out - I'll get around to all my decorating projects. I know. Denial is my friend.
The two things that are my biggest obstacle in 'home decorating Nirvana' are: TIME and MONEY. I have nearly none of each. I like to decorate on a dime and it has to be a project that I can complete in a relatively short amount of time - because with homeschooling 2 tweens and babysitting a 1 year old, I have very little of it to go around.
My love of all things 'pretty' tends to be a serious clutter producer for me, however. I can't say no to magazines about window treatments, paint, decorating, gardening and cooking. Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living are my two very favorites... but I have a ton of different varieties of home magazines.
You might even say I have TOO many magazines. Go ahead. You wouldn't be the first. My husband says it all the time.
I was looking at my stack of mags the other day and it is only a couple of feet shorter than I am. I wondered if I would ever be able to find the ideas I loved in those magazines again. With a stack like that, the recipes and ideas for making crafts and fixing up my house are surely buried for good.
I'm not even going to mention to you how heavy a stack of magazines can be when you move. My collection could fill at least three book boxes or more... and magazines aren't so light when they are crammed in to a book box. I shudder to remember the smell of Bengay on my neck and arms from the last move we made.
Vowing to live simply, to get rid of 'clutter', and to be more purposeful... I figured it was time to tackle the magazine stack. Past time, really.
Here was my plan to get it done:
1. Set up magazine holders in the restroom to house stacks of magazines that I want to go through.
2. Keep a pair of scissors in the car and restroom for when I want to cut things out.
3. Set aside temporary folders for going through the torn-out pages, labeled: home, garden, kitchen, articles to read, clippings for journal, photography, arts & crafts... etc.
4. Tear at least one magazine a day up - keeping only the pages I love.
5. Spend a little time each weekend sorting the torn pages in to the proper folders.
6. Eventually, put favorite recipes in binders with sheet protectors and keep the rest in a hanging folder in my file cabinet with labels (same labels as on my temporary folders).
7. Stop ordering magazines until I read all the articles I have clipped/saved.
I've been doing pretty good at my 'magazine project' so far. I like having something to do in the car when my husband runs in to Wal-Mart and I have to stay in the vehicle with a napping baby. It feels good knowing that I'll be reclaiming a part of my bedroom that has been taken up with a tower of clutter. I know it will look better in there without a stack of magazines on the floor.
Besides brushing the clutter monkey off my back, going through these magazines has given me a few new dinner ideas and the desire to paint some walls and do some weekend decorating projects. Who knows; maybe I'll be posting a before and after shot for you some time this summer? I hope so. I'm tired of these white walls.
Here's your homeschool math assignment for today:
Heather has 176 magazines to cut her favorite pages from. She gets three magazines a month in the mail. If she cuts up one magazine a day, starting today, how many days will it take her to get to the bottom of the stack?