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You may have heard some organizing experts say that you should only keep the most current issue of each magazine and toss out the rest. While I think this is a good idea to do with informational magazines that can quickly go out of date, with interior design, fashion, and lifestyle magazines, since issues from a few years ago can be just as inspiring as current ones, my thoughts are, it’s okay to keep them as long as (1) you will revisit them and (2) you have the space to keep them organized and accessible so that when you do want to refer back to them, you can do so easily. Its nice to be able to grab a bunch of magazines whenever I need a good dose of creative inspiration. Sure there’s plenty of content and inspiration online, but sometimes you just need a break from all the digital. Some magazines also, like old issues of Whole Living, are great for when I want to unwind and relax.
I store my favorite magazines that I keep in their entirety (meaning I don’t rip out pages from them), in these white magazine holders from the See Jane Work Office Depot line. This makes them accessible when I want to refer back to them. In the past I had stored some away in a box and put them in a closet. Since they weren’t accessible, I forgot I had them and they never saw the light of day. It was only until we moved that I rediscovered them.
Having them organized like this, with the issues of the same magazine together, allows me to see what I have. I love that all lined up they create a neat streamlined look.
For magazines that have select pages I want to save, I tear those out, throw out the rest of the issue, and organize the pages into magazine binders. The benefit of doing this is not only that it takes up less space, but it also makes what I save searchable. Since the binder is categorized with tabs, it is easier to refer back to something when I go to look for it.
Of course organizing pages into a binder can be a little time consuming, so when I don’t have the time to do it right away after pulling them out, I put the loose pages into these labeled boxes:
They’re easy to flip open and are the perfect size. I limited myself to just two so that it would force me to get the clippings into the binders instead of just letting them pile up endlessly.
Do you collect magazines? How do you organize and store them? Do you have a system for making sure your collection doesn’t get out of control?
Hope this inspired some ideas!
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Even though there’s undoubtedly an abundance of inspiration and information available via digital magazines, blogs, and Pinterest, which I all love, I still very much enjoy receiving printed magazines in the mail that I can physically flip through and rip pages out of, while settled in a comfy seat with a big cup of coffee in hand. It’s a relaxing treat at the end of the day.
As much as I love printed magazines though, I don’t like the physical clutter they can create. If you’re like me and have several subscriptions, you know how easily and quickly magazine piles can grow and get out of hand if you don’t periodically toss them or do something to tame and organize them.
Today I thought I’d share with you my system for keeping my magazine collection in check. While I do keep some magazines in their entirety and treat them as books because they’re filled with a lot of visually rich and inspiring content all throughout, what I try to do with most magazines is selectively rip out the pages I want to keep, and organize those pages into binders.
A few of my magazine clippings binders made pretty with simple matching covers
As I’m reading through a new issue, as soon as I identify content I’d like to save, I rip out the page. It may be an article that I found informational and want to reference in the future, or a city guide for a place that I’d like to visit, or an image with a beautiful color story that I find inspiring. I set aside the pages I’ve ripped out and (temporarily) put them in what I’ve designated as a magazine clippings box, because lets be honest, most of the time after reading a magazine, I’m in relax mode, not in organizing mode.
When I’m in the mood, usually on a different day, maybe while watching TV or something, I’ll take my magazine clippings and separate them out into the following categories:
Action – things to buy, recipes to try this week, sites to bookmark, etc.
Business – advice, resources and inspiration for my biz
Cleaning & Home Improvement – how to’s, tips, guides, reviews for appliances and other home products I don’t need or can’t afford right now but possibly will later, etc.
Decor – inspiration, products, guides
Dream Home Inspiration – home ideas that I absolutely positively love and dream of incorporating into my future home
Entertaining – tablescapes, ideas for the holidays, etc.
Fashion – outfit ideas, guides
Food – recipes, cooking tips
Hair & Beauty – ideas and guides
Health & Fitness – informational articles, guides, how to’s
Organization – inspiration, ideas, products
Travel – interesting places I’d like to check out, city guides, travel tips
Someday Maybe – projects I might want to try sometime, book lists, movies I’d like to watch, etc.
Wisdom – articles regarding balance, happiness, spirituality, perspective etc. (helpful for getting out of a funk or getting through a depressing time)
With the exception of the Action category, which I have a tray for near my desk (more on my office trays later), I created a binder for all my categories. Each binder is filled with clear sheet protectors and tabbed dividers (for sub-categorizing). To organize the magazine clippings, I simply put each into a sheet protector in the appropriate binder and under the corresponding sub-category.
My Travel binder with clear tab dividers labeled with sub-categories: Local, Weekend Getaways, National, International, Travel Tips
Here are my tips for anyone who may be interested in doing something similar:
-Go through one or two issues of each magazine you subscribe to, and take a look at the pages you’ve torn out to help you come up with your binder categories
-Assess your needs before going out to buy supplies. I personally go through a lot of magazines and tend to tear out a fair amount of pages, so I determined that I needed a separate binder for each category to neatly fit everything in and leave space to add more. If you’re someone who doesn’t subscribe to a lot of magazines and/or doesn’t tend to tear out that many pages, you may decide you can organize everything into one large binder or maybe combine two or three categories into each binder. If you need to, you can always expand later.
-Make sure you use either extra-wide dividers, or dividers that are specially made for use with sheet protectors (like these). If you get regular dividers, since sheet protectors are wider than regular letter sized paper, you won’t be able to see the tabs.
-Label the divider tabs with a label maker for a neater look (if you don’t have one yet, I highly recommend getting one, it’s so handy!)
-If you want to downsize and organize a collection of back issues you’ve accumulated over time, do it in batches. Trying to organize them all at once can be overwhelming. Plus the process is more fun if you let yourself do it as a leisurely project 🙂
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In the last ‘Beautifully Organized’ post I talked about organizing the latest magazine issues – the ones that are current reading material. Today I want to go over a few tips on organizing old magazine issues that you’ve held onto for future reference. You may have heard the organizing rule that you should only keep the most current issue of any given magazine and toss the rest. While that may be a good idea for many, I don’t believe it’s necessarily a rule all should follow. If you’re anything like me, you love your shelter and fashion glossies and like to go through old issues from time to time for a jolt of visual inspiration for a blog post, design project, etc. Oftentimes an issue from a few years ago is just as inspiring as a current one and the tactile experience of flipping through the pages is a nice break from all the digital.
Since new issues arrive to us every month from various subscriptions though, the challenge is not letting the collection get out of control. Most of don’t have space to store every single issue of every single publication. What I like to do is, when I get a new magazine in, as I’m reading through it, I fold down the corner of pages that have inspiring content. If I only dog-ear two or three pages, I rip those out, save them in a magazine clippings binder (more on that later!) and recycle the remainder of the magazine. If I find that I’ve dog-eared tons of pages though, I keep the magazine.
Here’s a few ideas on how to store the keepers:
Separate them out by type…
Ikea and the Container Store are my go-to places to get magazine files. You can either turn them around so the fully covered side is facing towards the front, and label them for a clean, streamlined look…
Or you can turn them the opposite way so that the upper half of the magazines show…It’s a good idea to turn the files this side when you don’t have labels on them. Bonus: Looks particularly nice when the spines are colorful!
Tell me, do you collect magazines? How do you organize and store them?
Hope this inspired some ideas for your own home!
image credits: 1- 7th house on the left 2- mimi + meg, 3- photography by danielle moss styling by alexandra berlin design, 4- scan from your home is a sanctuary via this is glamorous, 5- martha stewart, 6- canadian house and home, 7- hbo’s sex and the city, 8- via lonny mag, 9- via for the love of pretty, 10- deliciously organized, 11- i heart organizing, 12- arianna belle, 13- found via this pin
A good tip for magazines that are current reading material is to store them wherever you tend to do most of your reading. Here, a basket next to the sofa makes them easily accessible, perfect for reading while lounging:
Maybe you have a desk that has built-in storage, like the one shown above right (lucky!). Since chances are you don’t, you could consider creating your own storage using display shelves. A magazine wall like this one shown below would be perfect for an office or breakfast nook: