Tips To Shed Your Magazine Collection

And How To Organize the Rest

021009mag-01.jpgWhen Domino recently closed its doors forever (huge sob) our knee-jerk reaction was to go out and collect the magazine's entire four year run. We have since reconsidered and have gone online to download our favorite inspirational photos from years past. We've got a few tricks up our sleeve when you're faced with the huge task of paring down a magazine collection and how to organize what's left...

  • You'll first want to ask yourself, how often do you refer back to your magazines? Do you go back to the same five or do you rarely revisit them? If you never go back to your old magazines--ask yourself, why are you holding onto them? If you're hanging onto them because you think they'll be worth something someday (National Geographic) consider the fact that unless they're in pristine condition they won't be valuable to collectors.
  • If you're hanging onto magazines for sentimental reasons, consider scanning in a handful that represent the best of the bunch and Craigsist or Freecycle the remainder.
  • You've probably realized when you do refer back to your magazines, they're not searchable. If you're like us, you have a difficult time remembering which issue a particular article was in. Now when we get a magazine, we rip and read. As we're going through the magazine, we'll tear out the articles that interest us and recycle the rest of the magazine. Any article worth saving goes into a binder with categorized tabs (which is a cinch to refer back to when we're looking for something).
  • Another tip that helps us out is to have retention guidelines for our magazines. One rule that is easy to follow is for every new issue that comes in the door, the old one goes out. Also keeping your magazines in a shallow tray and once the tray becomes full, recycling a few at a time.
  • Don't forget to take your magazines to book clubs and trade or give away your old issues.
  • Think about dropping off your old issues at a laundromat or free clinic before sending them to the recycling bin.

    What are some rules you have with your magazine collection? Do you have some easy ways to eliminate old issues from your space? How do you organize the remainder?

    Additional Ways to Organize Your Magazines

    [Image from Jessica Fulkerson]