Sunday afternoon in a boarding school is a miserable time for a child, and in recognition of this, it was the time when weekly magazines were doled out. Every child could choose their own subscription, and there was much collusion to ensure each dorm had as broad a range of reading material as possible - The Beano, Bunty, Twinkle, Jackie, Whizzer and Chips - we devoured them in the hour-long silent Sunday afternoon 'rest'.
Magazines were almost a currency and were carefully collected in each wooden bedside locker and re-read until the pages fell apart. And I am sure that my own hoarding habits stem from this. Somehow, reading a magazine once and then letting it go seems beyond me, until my side of the bed is a teetering mountain of paper-based ode to my latest interest.
See what I mean? Blueprint has been out of circulation since early 2008, and still, I cannot part with my copies. And am I brave enough to show you a small portion of the 'toss' pile?
When I began blogging, I tried to cut down. Surely, the content I was getting from the web would be enough. For a while, I had no subscriptions and just indulged myself with the occasional single issue of something that caught my eye. But then the evil lure of the Tesco clubcard voucher offers got me subscribing again and now things are as bad as ever.
And destined to get worse. There are two new magazine launches planned for September - Making and a UK version of Martha Stewart Living (which will save me a trip into the city to pick up a US version). Sight unseen, I have already given in to the temptation of one subscription, and no doubt, the other will lure me in too. Unless the content proves to be as shoddy as another recent magazine who shall remain nameless turned out to be - a pox on that pre-release subscription decision - it wasn't renewed.
What do you buy? And how on earth do you go about not accumulating towering piles of back-copies? Clearly, I am in need of some advice.