One of my December goals was to clean out a few rooms in my house. Usually I'm pretty brutal with deciding what to keep/donate/recycle/trash, but this bookshelf is presenting some problems.
It's got about 10 years worth of National Geographic magazines.
In the early years, I recycled some of them and only kept the issues I really enjoyed. That somehow morphed into keeping every issue. Early last year, I ran out of room on this shelf, so I moved some things around on the shelf below it to accommodate the growing pile of magazines.
But now I'm going through the whole room with a critical eye, and I really can't think of any strong reasons to keep them. I look through a few of them maybe once a year, and occasionally dole them out when people come over ("Oh, you like to visit beaches at night? Well National Geographic did a great story about phosphorescent plankton that you'll love"). The articles are so well written (and cover such a wide range) and the photographs are gorgeous, but is that reason enough to devote 2+ shelves to them?
So I've been trying to think of a suitable end for my favorite magazine. Recycling doesn't seem to do them justice. Should I donate to Goodwill? Offer them on Craigslist or Freecycle? Call a local school or library?
What do you think? Any suggestions?