Very recently I was forced to part ways with my beloved collection of fashion and lifestyle glossies. I was doing a spring tidy and for the first time in a very long time I confronted the idea of disposing of the very things that brought me visual inspiration before the advent of Pinterest.
See the thing is, I am the magazine publisher’s ideal consumer, (Hey Conde Nast!). I have always been a magazine reader (hoarder or collector if you want to be nice!) from Girl Talk, Bliss, Brio to Sugar, J-17, Teen Vogue, Glamour, Red, Elle Décor, Vogue, Allure. If I had gone by natural inclination, I probably should have studied English or Journalism at university. Relatives gifted me magazines as birthday presents growing up!
In a bid to fully embrace my fast growing affinity for minimalism, I began to unemotionally audit my stash.
Here was my criteria, (you may find it useful if you are also a glossy hoarder)
- Determine which singular item is most valuable: I’m partial to British Vogue, therefore all copies were kept.
- U.S Glamour was one of my favourite reads until very recently so they also deserved to remain in my collection
- The odd copies of Allure (which I very much enjoy by the way but rarely find) were also kept. Note: should an unhealthy amount somehow find its way into my space in the near future, they would also be gotten rid of.
- In 2012, I was privileged to purchase all the copies of UK Elle Décor for the year at an event. They are something like a collector’s item in my books so of course they had to remain.
- Every other thing, (British Glamour, Red, Instyle (UK & US), Marie –Claire, Living ETC) sadly had to go.
So what were the benefits of this “exercise”?
Firstly, I feel like I can do more with less. Minimalism is not something that came naturally to me before but it appears my soul now longs for it – a clutter free life filled only with the bare necessities.
Secondly, I am truly happy with my current edit. I no longer feel like I have this stash of stuff I don’t know what to do with but can’t bring myself to throw away. I should add that somehow I feel relatively less attached to some of my belongings, knowing that life goes on long after they are gone.
Thirdly, knowing someone who runs a fashion academy means that all magazines that did not make the cut are being donated to the academy. I feel good that they are getting some use and not just withering away in a recycle skip.
Finally, doing this has inspired me to embrace this new found minimalism and carry on the exercise to other aspects of my belongings; I already did a mini exercise with my clothes. It is early days but I plan to keep you updated on this clutter-free lifestyle.
I’d love to hear your experiences. Have you done any spring cleaning or embraced a lifestyle change recently? Did you have any relapses or you easily adapted to the new?