I took a little time this morning to organize the magazines and books in our house. This is when I realized that we have a problem. We have hundreds of books and magazines lying around our house. Some are in the to-be-read pile:
Some are in the to-be-sorted-and-filed pile:
This is L's pile...
And this is my pile...
This is the basket of books that are in my to-read section:
This is L's basket of to-read material:
As if that weren't enough, this is the pile of books & magazines that need to be returned to the library and filed on the bookshelf downstairs.
And, just to be inclusive of the entire family, here is the bookshelf in the living room with the books for our girls. CC likes to pull ALL of the books on the floor. As soon as we pick them up and organize them nicely, she crawls over and pulls them off again. It's currently her favorite game.
Here is the not-so-organized bookshelf next to ES's bed. Yes, if you look closely, it is a wooden play-stove. I'm not even going to explain...
And just when I thought I was done, here is the pile to be donated, given away, or last resort, recycled:
Oh, and a random pile that hasn't been organized at all on one of our dressers:
I've spared you a photo of the over-packed bookshelves downstairs. You get the idea. We are magazine-book-w.ho.r.e.s. It is out-of-control! I currently subscribe to:
Parenting (I don't read either of these parenting magazines, but we get them.)
Mothering (I love, love, love this one:)
I have a few random copies of Yoga Journal, Yogi Times, Shambala Sun, O Magazine, Herb Quarterly, & Herbs for Health.
I just subscribed to O magazine for $2 a year. (crazy, I know, I couldn't pass it up.) And, I just ordered Working Mother Magazine using some Continental miles that I'll never use for a free flight.
L subscribes to Family Handyman, Paste, This Old House, & Mother Earth News.
With all of the books I read, you are probably wondering how I could possible read so much. Well, the reality is that I don't. I want to, but there just aren't enough hours in the day to work full-time, parent full-time, be a wife, cook, and housekeeper. That's why we have so many piles of things. I keep them thinking that some day I'll get to it. Or, I'll keep them as reference. I just can't throw away any Mothering or FamilyFun magazines because I know I'll flip through them again. I also can't seem to throw out Yoga Journal. If we ever move out of this house, I vow to purge all magazines!
I also have a book problem too. I don't buy books at full price, but it's so hard to pass them up for $1, $2 or $3 at the thrift store. For some of my favorite books, I'll buy extra copies when I see them because I love to pass them on. (I have a copy of You Are Your Child's First Teacher and The Heroine's Journey if you want one:) I've found a few treasures at the thrift store. I have a Julia Child cookbook that I found for $7, score!
I know that no one can have a problem bigger than mine. I even read blogs like mad too! But, what magazines do you read? Subscribe to? Do you purchase books? If so, what kind? Reference books? Novels? Inquiring minds want to know.