Get it Organized: Magazines

Get it Organized: Magazines.  Magazines are full of inspiration and with my job description as mom being very broad — cook, fashion consultant, homemaker expert, designer, decorator, crafter, party coordinator, and Dear Abby’s replacement — I like to hang onto them for awhile as a great resource.  I don’t always have the time to flip through them when they come in the mail, but at some point when I find some down time, a magazine in hand is one of my favorite ways to relax.  The issue many of run into when trying to get organized is finding a place to store magazines so they don’t accumulated stacked on desk and table surfaces.  Here are some of my favorite ideas for creatively storing magazines!

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Not all magazines are keepers, some have only a few articles worth holding onto — cut those articles and store them in a binder under a specific category.  For the keep in tact magazines, here are some great storage solutions.  Magazine butlers have been around forever.  They are a great way to sort and organize magazines.

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And if you have a few more magazines, magazine butler’s look great when they fill an entire shelf.  Colorful printed scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or fabric covered cut cereal boxes is so fun!

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I love Reclaimed Wood, with a passion!  This diy ladder turned magazine – bedside table is so perfect.

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Simply Grove

Under an end table create a rolling platform for magazines using load-bearing casters on a brightly painted board — perfect for any room decor!.

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Old shutters are always a great accent in a room — use it as a storage solution for magazines makes it even better.

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How to Build a Vertical Spine Bookcase.

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I love this hanging line for above a desk.  It’s perfect for storing the magazines you don’t want to put away yet.  The silicone lines are super cool.  I’ll be on the lookout for a diy option next time I’m at my hardware store.

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A crate on wheels is a great way to help magazines blend in with a room’s decor.

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If you look around your house you may find areas that could be assigned a specific storage solution.  I have a large ottoman that gives me a large area to stash my love for magazines.

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Allocate space inside a family room end table for magazines keeps them from piling up on tabletops.  It also provides a little accountability — run out of room, time to gift old issues to friends.

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Crate used to neatly organize magazines.  I wonder if I can talk my hubby into making this for me?!

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Nightstands quickly become dumping grounds.  A bucket hanging from an outdoor plant hook is the perfect solution to store magazines for late night relaxing!

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Awesome, right!  Which idea inspires you most!?  Would any of these storage solutions work in your home!?  Do you already have a Get Me Organized: Magazines system working in your home!?  Please share in the comments!!!  I’ll be continuing my series ‘Help Me Organized’ in the weeks to come — I love figuring out ways to Get it Organized!

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  1. Mary says:

    I use my history, science, architecture, health and other magazines for research for writing. They are my research papers and I need to find a way to save them

  2. what a great round-up of ideas! i think with any solution, the simple idea of creating a ‘limiting space’ for them to be stowed is key. Then, just like you pointed out, when that area is ‘full’ it’s time to cull down.


  3. Thanks so much for sharing all these good ideas!

  4. I love this series on organization and the floating shelves – so gorgeous AND useful! I recently decluttered by tearing out pages and sticking them in a plastic page protectors and then a big notebook, but I still need to do something else because I’ve already used so many page protectors, it’s crazy! Thanks for some great ideas!

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  5. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow! What a great roundup of ideas! I love some of these ideas and can’t wait to try them out.

  7. Jen Y says:

    My favorite way to organise magazines actually wasn’t listed & that is Pinterest. I’m really trying to go paperless as much as I can. So not long after I joined Pinterest I realised I could pin most of what is in my old magazines.

    As I read them I fold down the corner to remind me there’s something on that page I want to keep. Then I go online & search for that specific article, recipe or idea & pin it. I think about 80% of the time I’m able to find what was in the magazine & pin it. Sometimes the magazine is too new & their website doesn’t have that up yet. Sometimes the site won’t allow pins.

    If I come to something I cannot pin I re-evaluate whether I really want to save that idea. If I do, I scan & save it to my hard-drive. I don’t want to scan & save to Pinterest because of copyright issues.

    This has really helped me declutter almost 30 yrs worth of ideas I had saved on paper!

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