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Magazines are a great source of information and entertainment. Some of them we want to, keep to reference later, but they can quickly add to the clutter in our home. This is a guide about organizing magazines.
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December 14, 20113 found this helpful

Do you have tons of magazines that you want to keep but don't know what to do with? Are your magazines taking over your living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, and other areas of the house that you didn't particularly want them in in the first place? The good news is that there are ways of organizing your magazines and keeping them orderly-it just takes a little effort.
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The following is a short list of how to manage your magazine collection so that they don't threaten to take over your space and you can still find what you want when you need it.

Magazine holders

For a few dollars, you can pick up magazine holders at stores such as Ikea. You can generally get several magazines into one holder so this is a great way of keeping them all in one place while still placing them on a shelf.

Scrapbooking

If you don't want to save the entire magazine and are just interested in certain columns, advice pages, articles, or even recipes then a scrapbook is a good way of holding onto that important information. Just cut out what you need, paste it into the scrapbook page, and toss the rest of the magazine. (Recycling is best!)

Seasonal

Perhaps you don't want to keep every issue of every magazine, but you are interested in the Christmas issues, Halloween issues, etc. If this is the case then organize your magazines by season. Keep all of the Christmas ones in a decorative box, for instance, and all of the Thanksgiving ones in another box, and so forth. That way, you're not keeping every issue and you're still able to access the ones that you want.

Binders

If you want to combine the scrapbooking with the magazine holder idea then simply tear out the pages that you want, slip them into clear sheet protectors, and place them in a binder.

Scanning

If you simply lack the space to store much of anything then you can always scan the articles that you want to keep and organize the images on your computer. Recycle the magazine itself, or pass it on to your local library or doctor's office.

Of course, you can also organize your magazines on shelves in a conventional method. Some organize chronologically, especially if they collect the same magazine. Others organize alphabetically while still others do it by season.

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December 5, 20150 found this helpful

I take a lot of the magazines to doctors office. If there is an article I want, I just tear it out. For those magazines, I donate them to the local schools.

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January 7, 2010

For those magazines you just can't throw away, now is the time to downsize them.

Go through them and honestly remove only the pages you need (not want), put them into an empty photo album, so you can see what each page offers. Organize them into categories, crafts, gardening, etc.

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If you are like me, I gather recipes for some day and print out many ThriftyFun recipes, those all go in the front pocket folder, when I try them the ones I want to keep get their own pocket or out they go. If I really like the recipe I copy it onto a recipe card that fits my card box and pass the printed version on.

Now comes the fun and hard part; trade the rest of the magazine with a friend for her magazines by different companies. Only one needs to buy the magazine and both get the articles. Copy the ones you both want or need!

By Ann/latrtatr from Loup City, NE

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January 8, 20100 found this helpful

I subscribe to one magazine that my daughter also really likes so instead of ruining the magazine by tearing out what i want what I started doing is when I find something I really want I scan it into my computer. I then give the whole magazine to my daughter. with what is in the computer I can print out as many as I want (say a recipe or craft I think someone else might also like). I have folders for all these different things baking, crafts, decorating ideas in my computer. Saves on paper and clutter! This is also great when I take a magazine from the library and find a craft or something i really like.

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August 1, 2011

I recycle my magazines by donating them to local gyms, offices, and salons. I just remove my name and personal information and drop them off. This way I'm not only preserving trees, but I'm also sharing with others information that I have received.

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April 21, 20051 found this helpful

I've always enjoyed home and garden magazines. So much so that they quickly began to pile up. Soon I realized I couldn't keep each and every magazine because my house just doesnt have that kind of space.

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October 10, 2011

I love getting magazines with recipes and craft ideas. They can soon add up when you want to keep them for their ideas. If space is limited, it becomes a clutter problem.

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March 16, 2012

I collect craft magazines and I have to organize them carefully, because I also sell them and have to be able to find them quickly. I have two ways to organize them for sale after entering them on Amazon.com.

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October 11, 2011

Save only the pages that you find relevant and store in a notebook. After using a system to identify those pages, donate those that may be of interest to libraries, senior centers, etc.

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February 10, 20060 found this helpful

To avoid magazine build up I follow this rule. I have until the last day of the month the magazine is dated to keep it.

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December 3, 2005

A frugal way to organize magazines and papers. Ask at your local library for the holders that magazines come in. They are usually free for the asking.

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October 21, 20050 found this helpful

There can be a lot of magazine clutter in a bathroom, to make it look tidy but accessible buy a square wicker basket and set by the toliet, or better yet, buy a cheap wine rack and many magazines can be rolled and stored in it...

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April 20, 20050 found this helpful

My hubby and I like to read magazine articles about saving money, investing, etc. Hubby does not have the time, like I do, to read the magazines that contain articles such as these.

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April 13, 20050 found this helpful

I have an old antique crock that I store magazines in. To keep it from getting out of hand and too full, as soon as I receive the newest version, I replace it and give the older one to my daughter or a friend!

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March 7, 20122 found this helpful

This video gives great detailed instructions on how to make stylish and functional magazine organizer.

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February 4, 20050 found this helpful

Some magazines have wonderful information in them and are worth saving. How do you organize and store magazines?

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February 19, 20050 found this helpful

I take out the pages I want and staple them into a plain manila folder and label it with the article's subject and keep them in an upright cardboard magazine box.

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July 2, 20050 found this helpful

I bought myself some 2" binders and dividers. I use the dividers and label them according to generic categories, such as recipes, home decorating, crafts, fashion, etc. Then I cut out the pages I want to save and use the 3 hole punch and put them into the correct section. For little cutouts that are too small to use the hole puncher, I place them in a vinyl sleeve that goes into the category. Keeps me so much more organized!

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July 21, 20050 found this helpful

I HAD A FEW YEARS OF SUBSCRIPTIONS AT ONE TIME AND I SPENT 8 HOURS SORTING THROUGH EACH PAGE W/ A RUBBER FINGER TO QUICKLY TURN THE PAGES AND THEN I RIPPED OUT ANYTHING THAT CAUGHT MY EYE. I THEN PUT THEM IN CLEAR SHEET PROTECTORS AND IN A HUGE 3 OR 4" BINDER FROM STAPLES. I HAVE 2 OF THESE ALREADY AND USE THEM FOR REFERENCE (IDEAS) ALL THE TIME. OTHERWISE, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET USE OUT OF THEM WHEN THESE PAGES YOU WANT ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ENTIRE MAGAZINE.....

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