Thursday, April 2, 2009

I Subscribe to Too Many Magazines

It's April and I've got the spring-cleaning bug! Partly because of that, I've been motivated recently to simplify my life in a number of ways. One of these is that I've decided to cut down on the number of magazines I subscribe to. I subscribe to way too many and it's hard/impossible to find the time to read them all. Organizing experts say to subscribe to no more than three. For now, I'm going to whittle mine down to five. Baby steps! These are the magazines I currently subscribe to:

1. Parents (a good parenting magazine with fun stuff for moms thrown in)

2. Cookie (an upscale (snobby) Manhattan-centric parenting magazine that sells practical things like $500 Burberry coats for your infant)

3. Good Housekeeping (I like it but I think I'm a bit young for its demographic...I don't really need to be reading articles about menopause and hormone replacement therapy yet.)

4. All You (a fun women's magazine that is the complete opposite of #2 above)

5. Time (it helps me to stay on top of the news--when I get a chance to read it, which isn't all that often. It comes every week, and some of the articles are long and boring.)

6. Family Fun (a good family magazine with crafts that I'll never do but some fun ideas and articles anyway)

7. Brain, Child (an intellectual magazine for mothers. Some of the articles are written by very liberal women whose viewpoints sometimes make me mad but also make me think. This magazine requires me to use my brainpower more than most of the others. And that's a good thing, right?)

8. The Ensign (my church's monthly magazine. This one's not going anywhere! It's by far the most valuable to me.)

9. Plus the free extras--like our alumni magazine and other magazines and newsletters for various organizations that we belong to (like AAA, which has some great travel articles)

So, I've decided that these ones are getting cut: Time (too time-consuming--no pun intended), Good Housekeeping (too old for me right now), and All You (too repetitive and basic). If I'm really missing one of them after awhile, I'll re-subscribe but end my subscription to another one. This leaves me with mostly parenting and family magazines, but that's okay because that's the stage of life I'm in right now. Aaaah, that felt good!

Do you have a favorite magazine? And are you doing anything to simplify your life this spring?


Me said...

I had to cut my magazines down as well. I'm don't to just one..Real Simple. I love that magazine.

I need to simplify more..but I don't have the ambition to do it.

Donna said...

I used to subscribe to Real Simple. I stopped because it was just too full of information each month and I found it overwhelming with all of the other magazines I got. But it is a great magazine and sometimes I'll pick it up at the store if a particular issue looks really good.

Kristina P. said...

I actually should probably susbscribe, rather than buy People and US Weekly, every Friday. It gets expensive!

Lisa K said...

I'm into cooking magazines, so my favorite is Taste of Home.

dougandcheryl said...

I have only 3 subscriptions.. Ensign, LDS Living, and Family Fun. I love all 3.

Jessie Adams said...

Ensign would have to be my favorite! I probably would have cut out that Cookie magazine you were talking about with the $500 coats for babies. LOL. Stuff like that depresses me in thinking that people actually buy those things. That baby will grow out of it in a few months. :)

Donna said...

I know Jessie, it's so ridiculous! Cookie is very close to being cut. The magazine has some redeeming qualities and I'm going to give it a try for a few more months. Then it might get cut!

rachel said...

Right now we only subscribe to the Ensign and the Friend and I am always so excited when I see them in the mailbox. I always go through a spring cleaning dejunking frenzy every spring. So I will probably just get rid of a lot of STUFF...

Sarah Laurence said...

Good for you to do some spring cleaning. We pared down when we went on sabbatical and then built back up, sigh.

I subscribe to the New Yorker but never have time to finish it. I still love it. I also receive my alumni magazines from Harvard and MIT (great on technology). We get the NYT magazine with the paper.

My 14 year old son gets The Week, Popular Science and The Economist. My husband reads the Economist too. I should read the Economist but The Week is easier to digest. My husband enjoys it too. We got hooked on The Week in England and there is an American version - it summarizes the world and national news of the week. It's my favorite.

My daughter subscribes to American Girl and Discovery Girl. She takes Teen Vogue out of the library - that's a good cost saver. The kids often ask for kids magazine subscriptions as gifts from friends.

My best new subscription for the kids is a new nonfiction kids magazine called KidSpirit. I'll be reviewing it next week on my blog.

I'm probably not helping you par down!

Karolynn said...

I love the Ensign and Family Fun! Way to down size.

Anonymous said...

Wow that's a lot of magazines!!!!

right now we get Rachel Ray and Sports Illustrated and some Golf one for the hubby. I used to get Us Weekly but then realized I could save money by just reading celebrity gossip online! ;)

Wendyburd1 said...

Man, I get Entertainment Weekly, Soap Opera Digest and TV Guide..yes I DO love to be entertained!

Plus I buy People and US Weekly, etc. You are so good. :)

ellen said...

I love Real Simple (um...and the Ensign, of course!). It's a great magazine. I have this think I started called The Weekly P (as in Project) and I post it on my blog and try to get something done each week that I've been meaning to do for a while. So far, it's working!

Lorie said...

I actually don't subscribe to any magazine. I get most of my info online. If I subscribe then I have a bad habit of keeping all of the subscriptions. I even canceled the Ensign and just read it online for a couple months, but then we renewed it because that one is just nice to have around!

And we get a copy of The Friend for each of our kids (so they can each read on in Sacrament) and that is it for our magazine subscriptions.

Anonymous said...

PS I nanny fulltime for a stay-at-home mom....

Ann Marie said...

Hi There!
Thanks for introducing yourself to me! I LOVE to meet new people! Please come by and chat!! :)

You have a cute blog! I'm ALL about organizing and de-junking and you are right... magazines can completely overwhelm you.. I have helped a few people "clean sweep" their homes, and I am amazed at all of the old magazines they KEEP also. It's crazy. They seriously are nothing but extra clutter.

I subscribe to:
Better Homes and Gardens
Country Living
The Ensign and Friend

And I buy US weekly when I get a chance.. Gossip magazines are a guilty pleasure!

Thanks for commenting on my blog--so I could come to yours! :)