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Magazine Mahem

Hello Folks. New to the site and this group in particular. Not sure if this is how it’s done but I figured I would give it a go.

Me, Im a 49 year old ADD’er and I did not find out about my benefit until I was in my mid 30’s. I have been dealing with the distractions and forgetfulness almost seclusive of everyone around me. I did manage to churn out a degree in Industrial Maintenance last year and have been married for 14 years which we celebrated on the 2nd of Feb.

I write this to introduce myself and see if I could find counsel on my magazine issue. I love to read and have several subscriptions being sent to the house. Unfortunately my short attention span keeps me from reading all of 1 magazine at one time and I now have a pile of them that I aim to read but the pile is growing faster then it is shrinking.

Anybody else have this issue and does anyone have insight on how to better my ability to keep the pile of magazines down to a more suitable level?

Thanks for your time.


I had this issue years ago and had to call a moratorium on all magazine subscriptions. I was too busy to read them but didn’t want to admit it. I canceled all subscriptions for about 6 years. During this time I occasionally picked up a magazine at the grocery store, usually when I knew I had some down time. 

Then I reintroduced them after I stopped travelling for work every week. I allowed myself 1 subscription at a time. Now I only subscribe to two “practical” cooking magazines, which I actually do actively use and keep and reference.

I also find that electronic books and magazines alleviate the clutter part of my issue.

Posted by tgar on Feb 09, 2014 at 10:58pm

Thanks for the input tgar. I have only 1 subscription but its Readers Digest and requires alot of time to read. I just opened Octobers issue.

Posted by simplynewt on Feb 10, 2014 at 7:31am


I keep a fancy basket in my main house level powder room which I load up with incoming, and read when in there. Jeff

Posted by Jeffrey Ethridge on Feb 09, 2014 at 3:00pm

I get you all the way, I know what you mean. I just got diagnosed a month ago at 39.
But I think a symptom of ADHD is saving things,  just in case you’ll get to read it one day. Or it might be worth something. I did this all the time. I once had a subscription to Time magazine and saved every issue because it was in the time of 9/11 and though maybe in 50 years if my son which was only 1 at the time or grand child picks it up they will have a piece of history.
I learned that I can not order subscriptions to anything. And even catalogs It needs to go to the trash once I fan through them.  And honestly most of the time I don’t even bring it in my house anymore. It go’s from the mail box to the trash can.
If I want to read the news I come on line. And if I really want one thing on paper I’ll buy that issue.

Posted by caringman on Feb 09, 2014 at 6:03pm -


I dont have trouble reading so my suggestion may not work for you…. Since. I dont like TV and my husband has it on all the time and likes me to be near him i read or crochet. I make sure. I read through a magazine front to back or sometimes back to front, lol ya know i do have adhd, lol… Then it goes to the donate or recycle bin. FRee stores, food banks etc like donations or nursing homes or preschools also….

Posted by Nursedeb on Feb 09, 2014 at 6:22pm

OMG…I call it magazine guilt. I do exact same thing with need to save and read all of them. Then feel like the darn things are stalking me..sitting there waiting to be read! And I almost get this “high” on any printed piece and CATALOGS….don’t get many at home but worked in an office mailroom and got to stockpile ex employees subscriptions still coming in!
I finally realized my magazine addiction and cancelled or didn’t renew was very liberating. Other thing that saves me is I now page through and cut out articles to keep in files…recipes, beauty etc. then feel like I’ve fulfilled my duty. Haha then pass on to friend and feel like I’m not pitching it but paying it forward. smile

Posted by stacyleigh on Feb 09, 2014 at 6:30pm -


Instead of having “paper” copies of a magazine find that content on-line.

Reducing incoming ‘paper’ content may help shrink the clutter.

The advantage, you read what you want when you want rather than having articles that you may never read.

Also, focus on things that add value.  Make the tough choice to cancel subscriptions that don’t add value.  You’re likely to get more current content on-line.

Posted by coachwithheart on Feb 09, 2014 at 6:30pm


You may want to check them out of the library.  That way you have a due date to return them.  If they get read, great.  If not, they go back anyway.  (That’s hard.)  I’ve canceled all of my magazine and newspaper subscriptions.  I haven’t been able to get rid of all the other kind of paper though.

Posted by whizinc on Feb 09, 2014 at 9:15pm -


Bob from Cootamundra
I susbscrbe to only one hobby magazine.
All other magazines are bought for a particular article or set of articles.
To reduce the mountain of back issues, I am scanning the ‘good’ pages and saving to an external hard drive, then trashing the paper copies.

Posted by Bob from Cootamundra on Feb 09, 2014 at 11:10pm


Dianne in the Desert
All but two of the magazines that I read are read online.  I have had enough of them cluttering up my home.  I know which magazines I like to read, so I receive them by email (actually, it’s just a notice).  I can read them when I have time.

Paper—nearly all of it—can be dealt with two ways: Either I scan it to disk or I use the paper filing system.  It depends on what it is.

I use a database for recipes.  I use a spreadsheet to deal with bills and payments. That works for me.  I do still have a lot of paperwork from the past, but it is being converted via scanner to disk and then I will toss out what is necessary for taxes or permanent paper-based record keeping.

It is a process.

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Feb 10, 2014 at 12:26am

Posted by adhdmomma on Feb 10, 2014 at 9:31pm

Thanks all for the replies. Dianne, I try to get everything into digital format. I scan everything I can and what I cant, I browse through and then throw away.

I am unable to to the digital magazine thing though as it would take some time to read what I want to online and I have no way of reading while I am on the throne if you know what I mean. But I am only on there, at best, once a day and this is why I have the mags stacking up.

Thanks coachwithheart. I may just have to cancel the subscriptions I have (2) and just get them at the bookstore when I am tempted to do so.

I appreciate whizlinks idea on the library and it may be what I need to offload all the magazines that I have already read and just have no parted with due to me thinking that I will enjoy the same magazine at a later date.

Thanks again for your input and I look forward to conversing with you all about all things ADD.

Posted by simplynewt on Feb 11, 2014 at 3:51am

I set aside one night a week to read magazines.  I also take one with me to the hairdresser and to any appointments where there may be a wait.  Also, I limit the number I subscribe to, and don,t buy any at the checkout line.  When I get a trade journal or pamphlets (like from AAA or the Local hospital), I try to go through them right away, then toss them.

Posted by smbluerose on Feb 11, 2014 at 5:10am

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