The Matter of Magazines: Keep or Toss?

As someone who enjoys a good magazine, even in this era of digitization and the death of many fine publications, I struggle with the question of whether to keep past issues that I've enjoyed or pitch them. Vacillating between enjoying neatly stacked piles of my favorite rags and feeling the urge to purge, I never fully make up my mind.

Perhaps one of the most unique and exciting solutions to this problem that I've come across is in the form of Wrap magazine. Designed to be used after reading, the magazine is not bound, but held together with an elastic band — "each page has a print on the reverse and is easily pulled out and re-used to wrap gifts." Not to mention that each print is made by amazing artists from around the world, like one of my favorites, Leah Duncan.

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Alright, okay, not every magazine can be turned into beautiful gift wrap afterwards! So what's a person to do? I think that while I was a bit more transient, moving from home to home once every year or two, the dilemma was a bit less intense. I was not very interested (or able, in some moves) to haul what could easily have amounted to hundreds of pounds of magazines. I curated, and kept my favorites.

But there were times when I really wished I had a specific issue! Magazines are not only inspirational, but often very useful to me for in my work — interior design, art, and fashion in my case. There are practical applications to having back issues.

What's your take on keeping magazines? Have you foregone the print medium altogether? Are you a magazine addict that takes great joy in your volumes of your favorite magazines? Any insider tips from folks in the library sciences?

(Images: 1. 74 Lime Lane 2. Freshly Chopped)

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