The Best Way to Organize Magazines

Today, I’m excited to share with you the best way to organize magazines!

Have you guys ever seen that commercial where Oprah talks about how much she loves bread? She seems so passionate about it, right? Well, that’s how I feel about magazines. I seriously love them like a crazy lady!

I’ve enjoyed magazines ever since I was a little girl hanging out with my mom and aunts. Without fail almost every time we would visit them, my aunts would make us all a cup of coffee, mocha or hot chocolate after dinner and then we would grab a bunch of blankets, a stack of magazines, cozy up on the couch and settle in for a night of dreaming about the things we saw on those glossy pages. It was always so much fun!

Fast forward a few decades and while I am very conscientious about being a good steward of our finances and the resources of the planet, I fully admit, magazines are still a bit of a weakness for me. And so, I’ve amassed quite a collection of them and they’re all (mostly) hidden in these baskets we’ve had for years from Target.

I truly believe that everything should have a home and these baskets usually work well for us. But let’s face it, if you don’t maintain and continually declutter the items you’re bringing home especially things like magazines, they can really start to build up which is what had happened to us.

Keeping this basket system under our console table is really the best place for all our magazines because we mainly use the den as a reading and entertaining room. I knew they could be better organized though so I bought these inexpensive magazine holders from IKEA. Here are the steps we used to organize them and to help cut the clutter once and for all…

Step One: Sort all of your magazines into stacks by title. Set aside the titles you’re no longer interested in. This would also be a good time to go through any old catalog titles.

Step Two: After all of your titles are sorted, start by organizing your largest stack first.

Step Three: Organize each title by month, year or season according to how you actually use them. I organized ours by month instead of by year because I usually read magazines by seasons but you can do whatever works best for you.

Step Four: Assemble your magazine files if needed.

Step Five: Using files like these will help to not only keep the magazines organized but also to keep them contained. Take the time to decide how and if you want to label each file at this time.

Step Six: Place the magazine files on a bookshelf or back in your baskets.

Step Seven: Create a Vision Board, Donate, or Recycle any magazines you no longer want or need.

I think the hardest part of this exercise is trying to decide what to keep! There was a couple of times I wanted to dip back in the donate pile one more time just to make sure I wasn’t going to miss any of the magazines in there.   In the end though, decluttering feels SO good and I know we’re completely committed to making sure everything in our home has a home.

I hope these tips have helped. If you have any tricks that help to keep your house organized, we’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.

See you guys back here tomorrow. We’ll have a brand new video to share with you that was completely inspired by stepping on the scales. If you’ve ever felt unmotivated to reach your goals or feel frustrated you’re not seeing the results you imagined after putting in the hard work – this video is for you!

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Many blessings,


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  1. Hey CoCo – Admittedly, we don’t read as many magazines as we used to. Magazine-reading has become more of a guilty pleasure that we do during holidays and vacations. It’s sad that we just don’t have the time anymore because we surely do love them! We definitely have each kept old issues of our favorites. Among them are every issue of Cottage Living – that had become a true favorite and we hate that they no longer publish it. And…they are stored in baskets. Love the idea of the file boxes inside the baskets AND great tip to file the issues by month. Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs!

    1. Thanks so much ladies! I’m with ya magazine reading can quickly become a luxury with our crazy schedules. I miss Cottage Living ALL the time. It’s going to be the best day if they ever bring it back ha ha. Hugs, CoCo

  2. This is probably obvious but how can you tell which issue is which down in the basket? It’s a great idea. I just want to make sure I’m doing it right. Thanks, Bonnie

    1. We usually just turn the basket around vertically but also I make sure to stack January in the magazine file first placing it closest to the front and then place each month chronologically from there. You could put a little flag or post it note with the date on the top of each month as well though so you wouldn’t have to turn the basket around if you didn’t want to. Hugs, CoCo

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