How To Organize Magazines

May 17, 2009 by  

Ten Rules on What to keep


How many magazines is too many? When do you throw them away? How do you decide?

Magazines can be fun to get in the mail and enjoyable to read and relax with.
But what do you do with them once you are finished? Collect them? Donate them or throw them away?
Decreasing how many magazines coming into the home is the key!
If you hear yourself saying, “I know there is a huge stack of magazines I haven’t read…but I will!” then you probably have more magazines coming in than you can handle.

Ten Rules To Follow on Keeping Magazines.

1) Only subscribe to magazines that you will actually read and enjoy. If you have too many, pick your top 2 or 3 and stop the others or do not renew the subscription when it comes back up.

2) Limit the number of magazines coming into your house to a number you can realistically read in the month. (I suggest no more than 4 – that is one a week)

3) Once you read them get rid of them. You can donate them to your work, friends, Dr. offices or nursing homes. If that isn’t an option or you know you won’t do that, then recycle them.

4) If there are articles you want to save, then cut them out and put them in a notebook. Recycle the rest of the magazine. Why keep all the ads and articles that you are not going to read, reread or use?

5) Don’t feel like you have to keep magazines because they may someday become collectors items. (most are ruined before then even if they would be worth something)

6) If you are saving them for your kids to use for school reports…don’t fool yourself. They are going to go to the internet for content and pictures to print off.

7) If you want to keep a small cache of magazines to have in case your children may need to cut pictures out for a project at school…then keep maybe 5 at the most. Do not keep collecting them for that “just in case” scenario.

8)If there is a magazine that you just HAVE to keep and are Not going to be told you have to get rid of it….That is fine. But limit it to 1 or at the most 2 magazines.

9) Do not keep magazines for longer than 3 months. If you have not read it in 3 months, chances are very slim you ever will and you have more coming in each month to keep up with.

10) Organize the magazines that you are keeping long term or hopefully not saving longer than 3 months.

Part 2 will be on ways to organize your magazines.

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6 Responses to “How To Organize Magazines”
  1. SonyaAnn says:

    I learned not to keep the entire magazine and just rip out something I like and write the info on the page. If I don’t use/buy it I pitch the page after a few months. Love your blog!

  2. MommaYoung says:

    Oh this is a wonderful help, thank you.

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  4. Caol says:

    I love the ten tips! I follow most of them. My hubby and I only receive free mags so they are easy to recycle. I do keep my scrapbook mags for a year and then pass them on to friends. Happy Organizing!

  5. Thanks for those rules – they make a lot of sense. I tend to hang onto mags way too long, as does everyone else in the family. I also have some very old French magazines from more than a hundred years ago which are a bit of a problem. I can’t possibly chuck them out but I’m not sure how best to store them. Any ideas?
    Thanks!

  6. Sandy says:

    I’m glad you appreciate the advice. As for the French magazines, I guess I would wonder where you have them now. How many are there and what do you plan to do with them? Are you saving them so you can read and enjoy them? Are you saving them as an investment with plans to sell? Or are you saving them because you know they ight be worth something?
    If you think of them as an investment, I would look into that. Talk to an auctioneer, look on ebay. Are they worth enough that you want to take up the space they are occupying? If so, how long are you planning to keep them?
    If you look the look of them, keep a few of your favorites and display them? Talk to someone who handles archive items and see if you can have a few of them displayed in a archive safe picture frame and put it in a room where you can enjoy it.
    Here are my other two articles on magazine and storage. Part 2 – http://www.organizewithsandy.com/2009/05/19/organizing-magazines-part-2-how-to/
    Part 3 http://www.organizewithsandy.com/2009/05/22/organizing-magazines-part-3-a-system/
    Thanks!

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