Declutter & Organize Your Magazines

by katie

How many of you have so many magazines you don’t know where to put them? Do you hold on to magazines for just a few articles or cut those articles out and have nowhere to put them? If you’ve answered yes, boy, are you going to love this! I’m going to show you a simple yet effective way to organize all of those clippings and pages you want to hold on to.

I’m subscribed to many different magazines. Some are online through Zinio.com where I can store all of the online issues I receive which works well to hold onto information I want to look back at later. For those magazines I receive in the mail…well, that’s a different story.

This pile is only from the past few months. Geez, are there a lot! I’ve been holding on to them because there are some things I’ve been meaning to save and others that I haven’t read through all the way. Needless to say, the pile was getting out of control and I needed to do something about it!

Let’s start off with what I used. To create an organized archive binder to store all of those inspirations, I used one binder, binder tabs, plastic sleeves and labels.

I used a craft knife to cut out each page and a pair of scissors to trim the pages. I recommend trimming the pages from certain magazines that are wider such as Martha Stewart Living or else they won’t fit in the page protectors.

I organized the pages into categories I wanted. The package of tabs came with 4 tabbed dividers and one folder divider so I chose to do 4 different categories that include Home, Recipes, Holidays and Body. This is a example of the Body tab. I used a label to mark it.
After labeling each tab, I labeled each page protector  with a sub-categorized label. Now if only I could do this exercise as easily! LOL!
I wanted to get full use out of the page protectors so I used a piece of construction paper to separate the front category from the one on the other side.
I used the folder tab for miscellaneous things like those mini cookbooks you find at grocery stores or those bonus inserts when you receive a new issue of a magazine. This one was included with June’s issue of Martha Stewart Living. 
On the opposite side, I stored away extra labels and page protectors and used sticker letters to label the spine for easy reference.
This can be done in so many different ways, but this is how it works for me. I’ve been able to get rid of that ugly pile of magazines and keep the most useful information in easy-to-find categories. I hope this has inspired you to get organized!
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16 comments

Susan F. May 20, 2015 - 2:28 pm

I did something similar to this years ago, but my categories were not as specific (2 big binders for every type of article). This is a helpful tip! Thanks – visiting from Motivation Monday

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Sheena Anderson May 20, 2015 - 6:17 pm

I have some magazines I need to go through and get rid of. I use to not keep them and then I started keeping them again. Is it bad that most of them I have not looked at, at all??

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Kate Lynn May 20, 2015 - 7:01 pm

Same way here, Sheena. That's why I came up with this so I wouldn't feel the need to keep them and I'd actually would read them. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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Sheena Anderson May 20, 2015 - 9:26 pm

My plan for this week was the declutter my whole house (haven't started yet). But for my master bathroom my magazines are the only thing that needs to be declutter so I am going to have to remember this. Although I think I may the articles I want to keep into Evernote.

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Danielle Siero May 21, 2015 - 11:28 am

Great idea! I did something similar for all my workouts I cut out of magazines. Thanks for sharing at Idea Box!

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Stacey May 21, 2015 - 6:37 pm

What a great idea! I could even do more than one binder if needed – for patterns or recipes or whatnaught.

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Kate Lynn May 21, 2015 - 11:45 pm

Absolutely! The ideas are endless!

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Inside The Fox Den May 21, 2015 - 9:23 pm

I'm ashamed to admit that I have about 4 moving boxes full of magazines in my basement. I should totally do something like this. Thanks for sharing over at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

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Kate Lynn May 21, 2015 - 11:46 pm

Oh geez! Well, there's nothing to be ashamed of! If I didn't start this binder organization, I'd be the same way!

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Karren Haller May 22, 2015 - 2:01 am

I have stacks and stacks of magazines, some I have had for several years that I had good intention to write articles from for my blog, dog eared, post it notes hanging out, anyway I could mark them. But good intentions dont get it done. I finally stopped subscriptions on 3 of them and honed it down to 2, from 5 to 2, that helps. I was actually wondering if I could donate them. Love your idea, binders would be great!!

Thanks for sharing on Friday Features this week!!
Have a great weekend!
Karren

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The Quirky Homemaker May 23, 2015 - 1:29 pm

I DO have so many magazines! They're all pretty neat on my shelves in my craftroom right now. Every now and then I try to go through and pull out the pages that I want to keep, but with everything else to do in life it just never gets finished! Your binder looks great! Stopping by from the Saturday Soiree and Weekend Hop!

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Laura Shaw May 23, 2015 - 3:11 pm

I love this idea! I try to keep a minimal amount of magazines sitting around so this is perfect for keeping the articles I'd like to save. Thanks for sharing!

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Love My Mess May 24, 2015 - 3:44 am

Ha, I bet you were inspired to write this post when you saw the stacks (yup plural) of magazines at my house. Cute idea, thanks for sharing 😉

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Krysta Steen May 25, 2015 - 3:39 am

Great idea! Thanks for sharing at Tips & Tricks!

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Jas May 26, 2015 - 4:12 pm

You always have great ideas. I need you to come to my house and organize, lol. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things! Hope to see you again this week!

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Sherry Nappa May 31, 2015 - 1:15 pm

What a neat idea! I have tons of magazines that I can't seem to part with. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Hope you join us again this week.

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