How I Organize My Magazine Clippings

Even though there’s undoubtedly an abundance of inspiration and information available via digital magazines, blogs, and Pinterest, which I all love, I still very much enjoy receiving printed magazines in the mail that I can physically flip through and rip pages out of, while settled in a comfy seat with a big cup of coffee in hand.  It’s a relaxing treat at the end of the day.

As much as I love printed magazines though, I don’t like the physical clutter they can create. If you’re like me and have several subscriptions, you know how easily and quickly magazine piles can grow and get out of hand if you don’t periodically toss them or do something to tame and organize them.

Today I thought I’d share with you my system for keeping my magazine collection in check. While I do keep some magazines in their entirety and treat them as books because they’re filled with a lot of visually rich and inspiring content all throughout, what I try to do with most magazines is selectively rip out the pages I want to keep, and organize those pages into binders.

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A few of my magazine clippings binders made pretty with simple matching covers 

As I’m reading through a new issue, as soon as I identify content I’d like to save, I rip out the page.  It may be an article that I found informational and want to reference in the future, or a city guide for a place that I’d like to visit, or an image with a beautiful color story that I find inspiring. I set aside the pages I’ve ripped out and (temporarily) put them in what I’ve designated as a magazine clippings box, because lets be honest, most of the time after reading a magazine, I’m in relax mode, not in organizing mode.

When I’m in the mood, usually on a different day, maybe while watching TV or something, I’ll take my magazine clippings and separate them out into the following categories:

Action – things to buy, recipes to try this week, sites to bookmark, etc.

Business – advice, resources and inspiration for my biz 

Cleaning & Home Improvement – how to’s, tips, guides, reviews for appliances and other home products I don’t need or can’t afford right now but possibly will later, etc.

Decor – inspiration, products, guides

Dream Home Inspiration – home ideas that I absolutely positively love and dream of  incorporating into my future home

Entertaining – tablescapes, ideas for the holidays, etc.

Fashion – outfit ideas, guides

Food – recipes, cooking tips

Hair & Beauty – ideas and guides

Health & Fitness – informational articles, guides, how to’s

Organization – inspiration, ideas, products

Travel – interesting places I’d like to check out, city guides, travel tips

Someday Maybe – projects I might want to try sometime, book lists, movies I’d like to watch, etc.

Wisdom – articles regarding balance, happiness, spirituality, perspective etc. (helpful for getting out of a funk or getting through a depressing time)

With the exception of the Action category, which I have a tray for near my desk (more on my office trays later), I created a binder for all my categories. Each binder is filled with clear sheet protectors and tabbed dividers (for sub-categorizing).  To organize the magazine clippings, I simply put each into a sheet protector in the appropriate binder and under the corresponding sub-category.

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My Travel binder with clear tab dividers labeled with sub-categories: Local, Weekend Getaways, National, International, Travel Tips

Here are my tips for anyone who may be interested in doing something similar:

-Go through one or two issues of each magazine you subscribe to, and take a look at the pages you’ve torn out to help you come up with your binder categories

-Assess your needs before going out to buy supplies.  I personally go through a lot of magazines and tend to tear out a fair amount of pages, so I determined that I needed a separate binder for each category to neatly fit everything in and leave space to add more.  If you’re someone who doesn’t subscribe to a lot of magazines and/or doesn’t tend to tear out that many pages, you may decide you can organize everything into one large binder or maybe combine two or three categories into each binder.  If you need to, you can always expand later.

-Keep in mind also that not all your binders need to be the same size.  Most of mine are 1″ but for some categories, like Fashion and Decor, I have 3″ binders.

-Make sure you use either extra-wide dividers, or dividers that are specially made for use with sheet protectors (like these). If you get regular dividers, since sheet protectors are wider than regular letter sized paper, you won’t be able to see the tabs.

-Label the divider tabs with a label maker for a neater look (if you don’t have one yet, I highly recommend getting one, it’s so handy!)

-If you want to downsize and organize a collection of back issues you’ve accumulated over time, do it in batches.  Trying to organize them all at once can be overwhelming.  Plus the process is more fun if you let yourself do it as a leisurely project :-)

*This post was brought to you by the folks at Office Depot.  All thoughts, ideas, and opinions expressed here are my own.  Thank you for supporting Arianna Belle sponsors! 

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  • http://www.fashionableheart.com/ Wendy

    I do this too! Before, I was keeping all of the magazines and it seemed like such a waste. This is such an easier method and has saved so much space!

  • Tiffany Leigh

    UM these look gorgeous. How did you do the binder covers? I would love to have some.

    • http://ariannabelle.com/blog Arianna Belle

      I made them on Photoshop and printed them from my home printer on regular letter sized paper. I’ll see if I can upload the files on here so you guys can download them :)

  • zoe www.goldenandpink.de

    I just love this idea, this is exactely what I was looking for! :)
    xo Zoe

  • kara_v

    Inspiring!

  • http://www.kayliwanders.com/ Kayli Schattner

    This is such a great idea- I’m pinning it so I don’t forget :) I always have piles upon piles of magazines that I don’t want to get rid of because of a few great articles. This is a great, clean solution! Thanks!

  • LindsB

    I do the same thing with all of my magazines, or printouts from the computer. Although, if I’m being honest I’m a few years behind. I think its time to get my binders back out and update them!

  • Rebecca Harris

    Love these. Could you please upload a picture of all of the binders together? I am much more of a visual person. I love the one you uploaded with just the few binders. I have done this before but they are becoming too disorganized so I should try to break it into more categories like you did.

  • Sherli

    Awesome ideas. I have a HUGE pile (or 3/4 piles) of magazines to do this with. Thanks for h great tips!!

  • http://www.RuthRidgewayPhotography.com/ Ruth

    Such a simple but clever idea. Love how neat and tidy (and pretty lush looking this is!) Pinned idea!

  • The Single Nester

    I have been meaning to do this as right now, I have everything in pretty file folders. Question – won’t you use tons of sheet protectors for every page you save? I was thinking of just hole punching some pages to save on the sheet protectors.

    • http://ariannabelle.com/blog Arianna Belle

      I tried just hole punching but found that my pages were ripping easily. I buy the largest pack of sheet protectors available so it’s not too expensive and periodically take out pages I don’t want anymore so I can re-use the sheet protectors for new pages.

  • http://www.glow-and-flow.com Renee Leary

    I LOVE this! I have been trying to figure out a good way to do this for a long time. Definitely a good rainy day project to go through old back issues that I keep in piles/boxes but are too obsessive to throw away because “there might be something in there I want to re visit!” haha Thank you :)