Hey, D., I'm with you. I live in a family of clutterers so I have decided that the purpose of my life is to make other women feel REALLY good about their housekeeping skills. . . . jokes aside, however, I, too, have a floormate. It is better than having to get on my knees and scrub, but we have also replaced the brushes because after a whle I don't think they hit the floor after a while.
With kids around, there will always be crumbs on the floor, or toys around. Just do what you can. They will be healthier with a slightly crumby floor and a happy mom than they will with a Mom who won't let them do anything because the house might get dirty. that's a REAL compulsion. Don't try to be perfect -- try to be comfortable.
Regarding the magazines ? I used to collect decorating ideas, and have this alter ego that should have been an interior decorator. I gave up when I got too busy, cuz I was a working mom after the kids came. What you really need, is not to toss everything, because it sounds like you have a great supply, but to spend a little time every day organizing it by topic. Keep only the portion of the magazines that you want to keep, and put the articles in folders or something. For about 21.00, you could get 3 plastic expanding files, with 7 or so pockets, and you could label the pockets and have one for travel, one for family fun, and one for everything else.
I'm not good at throwing resources away, and we only have dial up so researching on the web from home is a pain in the butt. I have a friend who decides that if something is coming into the house, something else has to exit. Then she decides how much she wants to have something by how willing she is to jettison something else. That's one good method of keeping from adding to the clutter.
the other way I am trying to UNcluter is to give stuff away. I have lots of things that still have use in them, and kids who are outgrowing them. I find I can give away lots to the Erie City Mission, but then there are item with some emotional attachment. Those I find easier to give to people whom I know, because then I feel that I know where it's going, but I always hand them over with the instructions that if they or their child don't want the clothes, just give them to the city mission. It works because I don't have to toss the memoried items, someone else gets to do it for me !! ha ha
We have way too much stuff around, because we moved from a 13 room home to a 5 room ranch. Tough to do. .. . But also because I can't throw things away. and in many ways, I'm glad I didn't, because I have recycled so many items with the younger kids, that we didn't have to spend as much money as we would if I were re-purchasing stuff. but on housekeeping? I read somehting in a magazine that said, "Don't try to be perfect. Do a "good enough" job. Sure, every so often you need to vaccuum under the furniture, but most of the time you only need to get the heavily traveled areas. So do a quick job more often, and that way cleaning won't take so much time, and you won't feel it's such a drudgery." I try that method and since the tip was in print, it doesn't make me feel as if I am shirking. I am taking somebody's good advice !! And my house is cleaner, and I'm feeling less hassled.
Good luck ! I wouldn't call it a compusion. I think it's something you like to do, and it's a good goal to have that material at your disposal. You just need to organize it, and toss the extra stuff, keeping what you really want, and what is realistic -- like why have travel brochures for Russia if you doubt you'll go there in the next 10 years ? Maybe if you give yourself some rules about what you keep -- like keep travel ideas for places that are fairly inexpensive, realistic trips for families with children, and within enough distance from home that you might actually go. Otherwise ? Become a travel agent, so you can keep allthat at your disposal at the office !! :-)