Taming Magazine Clutter

by GettingFreedom on April 20, 2010

I truly believed that I didn’t have a problem with magazine clutter.  We really do not receive very many, and if you were to glance around my home–you would only find a few.  Last week construction began on our home and we are slowly beginning to pack up our rooms to make the remodeling part easier.  In doing so, I was alarmed at what I found in my Living Room alone!

It all started with one basket that was to hide our magazines from company until we could get to reading them.  That 1 basket ended up being 7!  A handful of magazines quickly turned into 50+ (I stopped counting, but ended up getting rid of 2 trash bags worth of magazines and overall paper clutter from my desk drawers).

It took me 2 days to clear out this stash of magazines and rip out the articles and recipes I wanted to keep.  Now everything is safely filed away in their appropriate binders:  Recipe Binder, Seasonal Binder, Gardening, Home Management (lots of things went into the Projects Section) and our Home Addition Binder (all of the design elements we want to include in the makeover).

I’ve learned that it is a lot easier to take care of the magazines as SOON as possible instead of letting them accumulate, even if I can’t see them!

This post is linking up to LifeAsMom’s Spring Clean Along , MoneySavingMom’s Clear the Clutter, and Works For Me Wednesday.

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Kristin April 20, 2010 at 9:07 am

I totally agree with going through magazines and getting rid of them as soon as possible. It is amazing how quickly the pile seems to grow otherwise. As is they can magically multiply on their own.


GettingFreedom April 20, 2010 at 9:09 am

@Kristin–Oh I definitely agree that they multiply on their own, especially after this last week!


theresa April 20, 2010 at 11:46 am

It’s good to know that I’m not the only one with magazine problems!
I recently went through my stash as well.. and had 5 baskets of them! ..I wish I had the time to read them all! :)


Melissa Multitasking Mama April 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm

good for you! magazines can quickly take over! I always remind people that most of the info we find in magazines can also be found online, all without the clutter.


Michelle April 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

lol, Phoebe….I’ve seen that big pile of magazines before…they’re in my dining room! I’m trying to get the same thing done. Thanks for instilling some confidence that I can get it all cleared out!


Ally April 21, 2010 at 5:23 am

Oh I love a good binder system! I really should get rid of my magazines too–I probably could find about 50 in different spots around my house.

Thanks for the inspiration!


Traci April 21, 2010 at 7:45 am

Thank you! :-) Traci


Milehimama April 21, 2010 at 8:14 am

I used to save my magazines, until we started randomly getting ALL KINDS we never subscribed to (I don’t know WHY we get them, they go straight in the trash). Once I got in the habit of tossing whole magazines, I never looked back, even for the ones I sub to! And I haven’t missed them at all.


Buffie April 21, 2010 at 9:32 am

Thank goodness I’m not the only one with magazine clutter. I have been clearing mine out by passing a lot of them on, but I still have a tower of magazines to go through in my dining room. Ugh!


Ruth April 21, 2010 at 10:42 am

I feel guilty throwing them away so I give them away to friends while they are still current. Getting rid of them becomes someone elses’s problem!


Jelli April 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm

My favorite way to avoid this problem altogether is to borrow magazines from the local library. No waste, and you can copy by hand or via copier any articles you’d like to keep. Alternatively, most doctors offices, dentists, etc. will likely welcome tasteful magazines.


Sarah April 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I know magazines can really be a clutter problem. I look at some I have at home and think, I should really read that one article before I throw it out. What if I miss something really good? So I put it aside to read at a later point and it ends up sitting around for a while. Then the next months issue comes and the cycle starts all over again. Thanks for your post, its great to have encouraging tips!


I was finally able to do some de-cluttering myself :-) if you’re interested.


Michele @ Frugal Granola April 23, 2010 at 10:49 am

Hi, Phoebe,
This is so inspiring! I need to do this project in our home, too! By the way, I sent you a big e-mail the other day. Let me know if you don’t get it; I wouldn’t be surprised if gmail filtered it out! :)
Hope you’re doing well.


Christa April 26, 2010 at 8:47 am

I donate my magazine to our local hospital. I just cut out the address label and box them up. They use them for the waiting rooms.


Music and Movie Treasures By Brenda April 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Ohhh…I am so far behind with my magazines…thanks for the reminder! (But good for you for conquering yours.)


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