Declutter Challenge 2022 - Day 3 - Magazines



Today is our first day where we are dealing with the capacity of our sewing room. And we’ll start with a simple category - magazines.


Take a look at your sewing room. With your square footage, how much space do you want your magazines to occupy? Then only keep the quantity that can fit in that space.




Magazines are more the Fast Fashion of the publishing world. They have entertainment value for a month or two then the next issue is out, and the quilt patterns and quilter stories you admired collect dust.




If you do have a magazine collection somewhere in your room, ask yourself these questions then pare your collection accordingly:

  • When did I last read this issue?

  • When did I last make a quilt from any issue?

  • Do I have other things that I would prefer to occupy this space?


Personally, I am not much of a magazine reader anymore. I prefer to get my information online. But when I am decluttering, I’m always shocked by how many magazines I find in my space. They come in as gifts, samples, or as part of a subscription to other things


I have one series that I keep, UPPERCASE and I give it shelf space in another room. I also keep a copy of the various issues I or my work has been highlighted in. And I have several issues of QUILTFOLK that are like coffee table books. But the rest...I just don't have the space for it. (And if you want to check out my interviews with Janine Vangool from UPPERCASE, or with Mary Fons, you can click their names).


I used to worry that I might be throwing out some amazing patterns so I would take the time to look through every magazine and cut out pages and patterns of those that I thought I would use. The reality is, I have never touched that pile again. Though I have moved it at least twice.



If you do decide today to go through and cut out the patterns, or you have previously saved magazines for a pattern on your bucket list, put them in a pile and save them for Day 5.


The magazines that you declutter can be donated or recycled.


Your second task is to find a project to finish. Put on your timer for 30 minutes and see how much you can get done. When the timer goes off, clear your space and set yourself up for tomorrow.


And then since your sewing machine is clear and ready to go, find yourself a UFO or WIP and spend 30 minutes getting reacquainted.


How old is your oldest magazine? Post them online with the hashtags #jgidqdeclutter2022 #declutterchallenge2022. And if you missed any of the previous day's challenges, I’ll post the Declutter Challenge Playlist here. I’ll see you tomorrow for Day Four.


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