I did a post on how to organize magazines a year or so ago, but because I needed to get my magazine stash in order, I thought I’d post it again as I went along.
I LOVE magazines.
I’ve tried the e-versions, but it just isn’t the same. Something about compelling covers, glossy images and the feel of paper still wins out – particularly since I use my magazines for inspiration. I love to flip through and find projects or ideas that I can make instead of buy. E-magazines don’t offer the same easy reference that tearing out pages and saving them does.
But leaving my inspiration between the covers of each individual magazine doesn’t either.
There is no way I’d find that one bench I was planning on replicating. I’d never see that one recipe I wanted to try by ruffling through magazine after magazine.
Rip the pages out!
Of course, only do this if they are YOUR magazines – your dentist or doctor won’t be too pleased to see you using her copies.
I rip out the page of every item/image/article I want to save – it’s a great way to organize magazines because you are able to remove useless content like ads and just keep the pages that inspire you.
I’m pretty sure I can make those glass vases pretty easily – so I’ll save the page and categorize it under “Garden/Flowers”.
All you need to do to organize magazines, or the specific magazine content you want, is to hole-punch the pages and put them into divided sections in a binder.
My binder is broken down by blog topics: Cleaning/Organizing, Christmas (of course), Home & Decor, Garden/Flowers, Fitness/Health and a separate section “Just for me”. (Usually a cute article of clothing or wallet or something)
This binder becomes the be-all-and-end-all of magazines! Every single page in it should have something that inspires you – no ads, no filler, just information and images that you love.
I have a separate binder for magazine recipes that I leave in the kitchen.
Don’t worry, I don’t waste all of those ripped magazines (with their remaining pages) – I drop them at the dentist’s, the doctor’s, the airport etc. so other people can find their inspiration too.
Have a great one!