Not the bag, mind you. Isn't it all cute and pink? Our Women's Ministry gave these out at our Women's retreat last year. But I digress. Since The Nester posted today about a project she was looking at in one of her Southern Livings, it reminded me of this bag. Again, not the bag, but what's in it.
This mess actually resulted from my sweet hubby throwing out about 50 or so of my treasured Southern Living magazines. I had been keeping them, intending to go through them and keep the articles and recipes I wanted. I had a huge box of them waiting to go through, and he was "helping" me declutter and threw them out before checking with me. He didn't understand why I stayed mad at him for two days. Now, I should have been happy that he was getting rid of stuff, but why'd it have to be my stuff? (I love you, sweetheart!)
So, here's what I started doing to cut down on the clutter: As I'm reading a magazine I mark which articles I want to keep. After I've finshed the magazine (okay, maybe after I've collected a few) I take out the articles I want to keep and put them in one of several notebooks. Here's my collection of notebooks:
No, they're not pretty. No, they're not neatly organized. But, they are mine and I love them. They have my favorite things in them that inspire me to do things in my house. Not that I've actually done any of the things. But I'm inspired to. I take that back. I think I've done a couple of Christmas ideas. I label them for the areas I collect for: Christmas, Other Holidays and Celebrations, Outside, Inside, and Travel.
Here's the inside of my Inside folder (isn't that clever?):
I don't necessarily want to do everything on each page, but something on the page may catch my eye, like the plates on the wall in the picture above. I realize my house will not ever be in Southern Living, but I can make my home beautiful in my own way.
What does this have to do with that bag? Well, that's where all my magazines were that I wanted to pull articles out. Sigh...and the bag is still full. I went through a couple of them, but I still have a pile left. If there just weren't so many beautiful things I wanted to do...