I am a music LOVER & Design Book & fashion magazine collector. I have many design books, magazines & CD’s that have piled up through the years and I made a new vow that once I finish reading a novel I will DONATE it if I want to continue to keep my design books as resources. This one I have to stick to if I want an open, light living space. Now that lots of things can be found online & pinned to Pinterest, I find I’m more apt to rid myself of an old magazine & try not to purchase these publications anymore since most articles are digitalized. Magazines were a teen love of mine. I remember laying across my bedroom floor as a teenager pulling out pages that I liked, then remake the outfit displayed on the page. Now I pin, collect, scan & toss photos I come across. Amazon provides a digital access pass for all of my favorite fashion magazines so I can easily take them wherever I go.
I’m trying to make my paper world much lighter, as I do have tons of paper already for creating, I don’t need glossy magazines to add to what is total chaos. My design books are organized my topics & color. Try grouping similar topics from your library together then sort them by color then height. From across the room your bookshelf will give off a polished look.
Music is a little more difficult for me to get rid of. I have it neatly organized in a vintage suitcase next to a dvd player that I listen to old CD’s on in the house. I’m satisfied with keeping these because I no longer add to the collection but I certainly pull out a CD while working on my latest project or cleaning the house. On a rainy day, I love pulling out an album and listening to it start to finish with the lyrics from the CD jacket in front of me singing along- off key of course. Have you held onto your tapes, CD’s or records? If this a category of belongings you’re willing to thin down, consider selling them to a local record shop. There are so many record store in Chicago that buy used music and sell at discount to the next music lover.