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A Guide to Help You Organize Your Collection of Magazines

Master the Art of Organizing Magazines

Are your magazine collection starting to take over the house? If so, you'll love these simple tips to organizing magazines. When you have them organized properly, you will be able to access the information you need from your back issues quickly and easily. If you can't do that, there's really no point in saving them all, is there?


Bookshelves are a necessity for organizing magazines. Make sure the shelves you choose are sturdy because when you fill up an entire bookshelf with magazines, the weight can really put a strain on it. It is best to use a shelf unit made of real wood, not particle board. The shelves should have a back and sides so that the magazines can be stood upright. This will allow you to pull one issue out without having to remove an entire stack.

Plastic Storage Boxes

If you put your magazines into plastic storage boxes made for storing magazines, you will be able to label each box with the title of the magazine that you are storing in it. The initial investment for these boxes can be significant though, especially if you have a lot of magazines. A cheaper option is to make magazine boxes yourself by cutting away the tops of cereal boxes and part of the front and sides. These recycled storage boxes won't hold up as well as the plastic ones, but you can make do with them until you can afford to buy something sturdier.

Three-ring Binders

Another option is to purchase special three-ring binders that are made for storing magazines. These binders usually come with plastic strips that are inserted into each magazine to hold it in the binder. You can also buy the strips separately. You'll want to put just one title in each binder so that you can easily add the next issue to the appropriate binder when you receive it.

Alphabetical Order and Indexing

Alphabetical order is probably the most common way of organizing magazines. You can just organize them by title. This will work great as long as you only have one or two magazines for each hobby or interest. If you have more than that, you might want to consider another system.

Organizing magazines by hobby or interest first, then by title is a good way to make it easy to find articles you might be interested in. If you want to find a pattern to crochet an afghan, you can just start at the beginning of the crochet section and work your way through it.

Creating an index is a good way to ensure that you will be able to find a specific article when you need it. However, this can be a very time-consuming task. One thing you can do to make it go faster is to go to the websites for each of your magazines and see if there is a printable index available on the site. If so, that will cut down on the amount of work you need to do to index your magazines.

Magazines often contain useful information that you want to hold on to in order to use it at a later date. However, they can easily pile up and become clutter in your home. By organizing them on a set of shelves in binders or boxes, you will be able to make use of the ideas and projects contained in your magazines.

Follow these simple steps, and you will soon be a master in organizing magazines.