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May 21, 2010

Dilemma: Tear Out or Save Whole Issue?

real.jpgOK, here’s a question: How many of you have faced the dilemma of whether to tear out interesting pages of your favorite magazine or to save the whole issue? Well, I suspect we all have because even with the advent of online material, for many of us there is nothing like having our own, always-accessible hard copy.

But there comes a point when enough is too much, even for the obsessive archivists among us. That would be me.

I come from a family of whole-issue savers, but I’m moving toward a new direction. I’m taking steps toward tearing out–and when I say “tearing” out, I mean carefully using an X-Acto knife to remove–and filing pages rather saving entire issues.

Exceptions will probably be interiors magazines, but even there I’ve begun to take out things that fit my files, “travel” and “inspiration” for example.

It’s a necessary step in de-cluttering. Also, I’ve found that my once precise memory (that story is on pg. 46 of the Dec. 1999 issue…) is no longer so perfect. Who wants to dig around through so many magazines anyway?

The new approach is already paying off: Last year I fell in love with an outfit in a Lands’ In ad in the December 2009 Real Simple magazine. The page ended up on my bulletin board until I had all the pieces to recreate it. Now the outfit is in my closet, the page is in my files and–confession time–the magazine is still in my collection. What can I say, I never get rid of December issues.

Now, about those ancient copies of Rolling Stone magazine…

So, what do you do: Tear out and file or save whole issue?



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Michelle Jones





  • Sandysue1

    About a year ago, I got a free year’s subscription to This Old House. I really miss it. I can’t remember how I did it, if it was a sweepstakes (which I enter a lot of) or what. Anybody know???? Thank you, SandySue.