Thursday, September 20, 2012

Beautifully Organized: Magazine Storage Part 2

Hi all! It's Arianna of Arianna Belle, back with some more home organization inspiration. In the last 'Beautifully Organized' post I talked about organizing the latest magazine issues - the ones that are current reading material. Today I want to go over a few tips on organizing old magazine issues that you've held onto for future reference. You may have heard the organizing rule that you should only keep the most current issue of any given magazine and toss the rest. While that may be a good idea for many, I don't believe it's necessarily a rule all should follow. If you're anything like me, you love your shelter and fashion glossies and like to go through old issues from time to time for a jolt of visual inspiration for a blog post, design project, etc. Oftentimes an issue from a few years ago is just as inspiring as a current one and the tactile experience of flipping through the pages is a nice break from all the digital.

Since new issues arrive to us every month from various subscriptions though, the challenge is not letting the collection get out of control. Most of don't have space to store every single issue of every single publication. What I like to do is, when I get a new magazine in, as I'm reading through it, I fold down the corner of pages that have inspiring content. If I only dog-ear two or three pages, I rip those out, save them in a magazine clippings binder and recycle the remainder of the magazine. If I find that I've dog-eared tons of pages though, I keep the magazine.

Here's a few ideas on how to store the keepers:

Separate them out by type...

 
Place stacks of them on open shelving in the living room, entry, bedroom, or office. If done neatly, they can be integrated nicely into the decor of a space.

 
Alternatively, place them in magazine files a la Carrie Bradshaw...

 
Ikea and the Container Store are my go-to places to get magazine files. You can either turn them around so the fully covered side is facing towards the front, and label them for a clean, streamlined look...

 
Or you can turn them the opposite way so that the upper half of the magazines show...

 
It's a good idea to turn the files this side when you don't have labels on them. Bonus: It looks particularly nice when the spines are colorful!

Tell us, do you collect magazines? How do you organize and store them?

Hope this inspired some ideas for your own home. ‘Til next time!
-Arianna

Hey, guys! It’s Paloma. I just had to pop in on Arianna’s post to share one more beautiful photo illustrating fabulous magazine storage. If you have the space to do it, this may be the way to go. My dear friend Mark Sikes has devoted the built-in shelves in his chic library to  his amazing twenty-year collection of magazines. Fabulous, right?


image credits: 1- 7th house on the left 2- mimi + meg, 3- photography by danielle moss styling by alexandra berlin design, 4- scan from your home is a sanctuary via this is glamorous, 5- martha stewart, 6- canadian house and home, 7- hbo's sex and the city, 8- via lonny mag, 9- via for the love of pretty, 10- deliciously organized, 11- i heart organizing, 12- arianna belle, 13- found via this pin, 14- mark d sikes

11 comments:

Chelsea said...

Great ideas! I go through my magazines and tear out the pages that interest me the most, then file them by room, fashion style, etc. The rest of the magazine gets recycled :)

xoxo

Laurel-Dawn McBurney said...

Magazines are always lying all over my abode! I am LOVING your inspiration for organizing those precious mags... love the white room with the rustic bookcase and the robins egg space with the built-in shelving!

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Kelsey Elizabeth said...

I can't part with my glossy pages! I love the neat stacks of the colorful spines and flipping through them from time to time for inspirations :)

Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

I love the idea of integrating them in to decor. I usually only save the most recent issue, but oftentimes I accumulate a big stack if a particular issue was inspiring. Great tips, Ariana!

Elyse | Peonies and Brass said...

I have hundreds and hundreds of magazines I just can't bring myself to part with, and have started piling them under furniture! It's a bad scene, so thanks for the tips!

High Street Heaven said...

These are some great ideas. I love keeping magazines. Will be using some of these ideas for storage.

http://highstreetheaven01.blogspot.co.uk/

Christina Lauren said...

Great suggestions. I have a storage closet where I keep magazines and books (that aren't regularly being read). Some are in pretty cloth containers, while others are organized on a shelf.

Christina-Lauren
Inspirations & Celebrations
http://inspirationsandcelebrations.net

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SHOPHOUSE said...

Love this post! We have yet to throw out a Vogue for over ten years - Impossible to toss all that beauty!


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Anonymous said...

I love the lizard skin (?) side table next to the orange chair. Where is that from?

Laura Trevey said...

Wow! An entire bookshelf of magazines...Very cool, indeed!