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Beautifully Organized Magazines Part II

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 (more on that later!) 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, bedroom, or office.  If done neatly, they can be integrated nicely into the decor of a space.

Alternatively, containerize 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: Looks particularly nice when the spines are colorful!

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

Hope this inspired some ideas for your own home!

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
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Beautifully Organized: Magazines

A good tip for magazines that are current reading material is to store them wherever you tend to do most of your reading. Here, a basket next to the sofa makes them easily accessible, perfect for reading while lounging:

You could follow the same idea and place a basket or rack next to or under your nightstand if you read in bed.

Or near your desk if you tend to do your reading there:

Maybe you have a desk that has built-in storage, like the one shown above right (lucky!). Since chances are you don’t, you could consider creating your own storage using display shelves.  A magazine wall like this one shown below would be perfect for an office or breakfast nook:

In a later post I’ll go over ideas for storing larger collections of back issues saved for future reference, so stay tuned for that!

image credits: 1 -via plantation design, 2- anthology, 3 –cupcakes and cashmere, 4 -found via pinterest, 5-lonny, 6- made by girl
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Beautifully Organized: Lists

I’m one who loves lists (and have a feeling many of you do as well!) so today I want to share with you my round-up of 10 stylish list pads. Whether it’s a to-do list, shopping list, or simply a list of things to remember, it’s nice to organize and mind dump everything onto paper, especially onto pretty paper like this:

1-the long list, 2- to-do adhesive notes, 3- ‘get it done’ notepad, 4- orange zig zag photo pad, 5- striped notepad, 6- oxford pad, 7- peacock pad, 8- happy notes, 9- recycled paper market list , 10-market shopping pad

Tell me, do you love lists? Do you have a favorite list pad for jotting them all down?

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Organizing Clips

Fun little clips for stylishly sorting through paperwork and clearly identifying the priority and importance of each file or document:

1- action organizing clips, 2- number organizing clips
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Martha Stewart for Staples

As soon as I heard about this from my friend Maggie, I got so excited (yes I’m an organizing geek!).  I went this weekend to Staples to check it out in person and I loved what I saw – beautiful boxes, binders, notebooks, desktop accessories, dividers, labels, files:

1- stackable organizers, 2-box, 3-binders, 4- journal, 5-dividers, 6-accordion file, 7- binder accessories, 8- sheet protectors, 9- journal, 10- red bands, 11-kraft labels, 12-file folder labels, 13-color coding labels, 14-kitchen labels, 15- dry erase decal, 16- pocket
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Toast Rack as Mail Organizer

Love the idea of using a vintage toast rack as a way to beautifully organize mail or neatly hold stationary:

Look for vintage racks on Etsy, eBay and your local flea market.

image credits: 1- via this is glamorous, 2- via design sponge, 3-photography by Patrick Cline via lonny mag
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Secretary Desks

Secretary desks are so great for adding some function to a little corner.  They provide plenty of concealed storage and the hinged desktop surface can be folded up when not in use.

image credits: 1- domino, 2- domino, 3- eddie ross, 4- via habitually chic,, 5- via french by design, 6- lonny mag, 7-via gunkelman flesher, 8- hickory chair, 9-domino, 10- domino
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Concealed Office Storage

Like the idea of concealing office storage (and injecting some color into the space!) with a beautiful curtain:

From the launch issue of a new online mag – 91 Magazine.

 photography by Lisa Cohen
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Missoni For Target

One week from today (on Sept. 13) the highly anticipated Missoni for Target line will be available. I personally am excited for all the colorful home accessories. Love that they’ve included stylish storage pieces in the mix 😀 Can’t wait to see them in person!

From top: octagon ceramic platter, card box, organizer tray, vases, clip folio, hexagon note cube, file folders, pencil box set, duvet set, throw, toss pillowsweater box, media bin, milk crate

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Stylishly Organized: Picks from Sugar Paper

Had the pleasure of stopping by the lovely shop Sugar Paper in Brentwood late last week after visiting the House of Windsor with my pal Irene, and spotted these pretty little lists made of 100% recycled paper. Perfect for staying stylishly organized:
image credits: 1-nuevo estilo, 2-via modern hepburn
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