LGO2017 Week 4

Welcome to week 4 of Let’s Get Organized in 2017. This week we’re going to organize our Periodicals.

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I don’t know about you all, but in my house magazines are a problem. A BIG problem! Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of bookshelves in our home – currently 9 of them. However, between books and fabric, there’s no room left on them for magazines. :/ I guess it doesn’t help that of the 3 of us in the house (hubby, our little girl who will be 4 in 2 months, and myself) are all book lovers! 2 of the bookshelves are my little girls. Hubby has another 2. The other 5 are in my craft / sewing room. Only 1 has books on it, the rest are full of fabric. I cannot even fathom how many books we have. It may not seem like many – only 5 bookshelves with books. But… We have boxes, upon boxes, upon boxes of books all around the house. I cannot even begin to guesstimate how many books we have. Taking a quick count of half of 1 shelf on 1 of my daughters bookshelves there’s about 20 books. It has 4 shelves which would mean there’s about 160 books on that bookshelf alone. Anyhow, I’m getting off track. We’re talking about magazines.

Yea, my magazine problem is about as bad. We (hubby & I) both collect old & new magazines such as Mother Earth News, Hobby Farms, Grit, Backwoods Life, and similar. I also collect crafting magazines, quilting magazines, woodworking magazines, and holiday editions of magazines like Martha Stewart, Woman’s Day, Country Home, etc. Most of these magazines I do not like to cut up, nor will I. Also, as a collector of vintage / antique items (mostly books & kitchen items), any magazines I come across that are prior to 1980 will get kept. I came across this image and love it! Photo frames for vintage magazines. I’m thinking once we move (we’re hoping to this summer) I’ll display some of the old Mother Earth News magazines like this in hubby’s office area, some of the vintage kitchen supply ads from destroyed magazines in the kitchen, and some others that have vintage covers I adore in my crafting / sewing room. 

  Image from Industry Standard Design
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However, if those are in bad condition, I’ll cut them up for the things I like from pages that are in good condition. When I’m given any other magazines, I’ll go thru them, cut out things that sound or look good and put them in a binder. However, I recently came across this idea that I absolutely love and think I will transition over to. 

Image from Its Overflowing.
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Recipes are sorted into file folders that are put in magazine holders laid on their side. This could also be done with cereal boxes covered with some pretty scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or even the brown packing paper. 

As far as organizing the whole magazines themselves. I’m still up in the air as how I want to organize mine. There are lots of different ways. This is also one of those things that is highly dependant on how many you choose to keep. If you just have a few you could do something like this.

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My neighbor does something similar! However, she’s not a magazine hoarder like I am. She limits herself to the 2 wicker baskets she can fit under her coffee table. Once they get full she goes thru them and leaves the ones she doesn’t want on my doorstep. Since they are mostly food and decorating magazines, I typically go thru them right away, remove the pages I want, and recycle the rest. 

I came across this idea for if you have a good amount of magazines and love it. However, in the rental home we are in, this is not feasible. You could build a stand to put those magazine holders on and in that wasted space you could use it to store seasonal items. 

 Image from Apartment Therapy
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I guess the first step for me would be to actually start sorting thru the magazines and getting them all in one place so I can remove any doubles and see if I actually want to keep all the ones I currently have. 

Once I go thru them, I won’t be just tossing them in the garbage. There’s too many things that can be done with them. If you are done with them and just want them out of the house, you could see if any of your local day care centers, schools, or scout troops would like them. Lots of times schools have kids make collages and not all parents have magazines at home. Plus, there’s all sorts of crafts that can be made with magazine pages! To get some craft ideas or to see more magazine storage ideas, check out my Pinterest board for LGO2017.

Now, this photo I just have to share. I stumbled across it while searching magazine organization. 
I LOVE IT!!! Everything about this corner makes me wish it was mine. From the pretty magazine storage containers to the wire art on the wall, the vintage kitchen pieces to the art hanging up, the whole thing. I simply love it! Well, I would change 1 thing – I would take that tv out of there. The only way I would leave it there was if I turned it into a fish tank (yes that’s possible just google it).

 Image from Moxie-Girl on Flickr

What about you? Do you have a magazine problem? What, if anything, do you plan to do about it this year to get organized?


2 thoughts on “LGO2017 Week 4

  1. This is something I used to struggle with all the time. I didn’t want to cut up or tear out of my Quilter’s Newsletter. Until about issue 210, I had all of them from number one. Some were in boxes and some were in binders. I did eventually go through others and cut and tear and toss. Then I was left with how to organize all those pieces I kept. Today, I rarely buy any kind of magazine! You found some great pictures, and had some good organizational tips. Thanks for the research you did!

    1. Wow! I would have kept them all! We recently had an auction of donated items at our guild and there was a box of over 120 issues of Quilters Newsletter magazines dating back as far as 1975! Unfortunately I didn’t win the bid. πŸ™ and thank you! πŸ™‚ I really like the idea of the whole magazines in the frames for vintage editions.

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