Organizing Magazine Tear Sheets

Over the weekend, I seriously dug into some organizing projects that really needed attention.
I had stacks and stacks of magazines that needed to be dealt with.
Let me preface this by saying that for years I have been a huge magazine junkie.
I love reading them and they have been such a source of inspiration to me.
 I hate letting them go, but I cannot have piles of stuff around the house for very long.
For years, I have ripped out ‘inspiration’ pages from magazines and organized them into file folders.
I debated switching them into binders, but that would require hole-punching and page protectors which would also require time, so I decided against it because I just wanted a quick ‘drop & dump’ method.
This works for me.
A simple box with file folders inside.
 I label the files to show the different ideas I want to keep.
And I clean them out every so often…discarding what doesn’t appeal to me anymore.
 I recently got this file out to look at. Can you guess what I am waiting for?
I have noticed a  lot of my tear out sheets have come from Martha Stewart, Country Living and Style At Home magazines. So obviously, I should keep those subscriptions.
But you know what is replacing all this?
And yes, I pin!
I think I have 42 boards now with hundreds of pins.
So eventually, I think my magazine tear sheet box will be empty…which is ok with me.
But it works for now.
Do you save magazine tear sheets? If so, what do you do with them?
Do you ‘Pin’?
 I love pinning because it’s pinning and organizing all in one step!

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  1. says

    I tear but I haven't started pinning…YET! I tear as I read and place them in 'general' folders like 'recipes' or 'decorating'. Every few months I will go through my tear sheets, throwing away the ones that no longer interest me and placing the others in binders.

  2. says

    I just haven't been doing magazines as much the last couple of years. Have a couple of favorites that I will pick up a major fall or holiday issue, but that's it. They do create clutter. I think you are definitely correct about Pinterest affecting magazine collecting – it's the wave of the future for "clipping ideas and inspiration"!

  3. says

    I used to take pages out of my magazines a lot, Angie! I had a binder and I did keep it up for a time. Then I just stopped. I still have the binder, though! I also love Pinning because I feel it helps take the place of that and I don't have to worry about more paper to deal with. Usually, if I have a magazine with several things I love, I just keep the whole magazine.

  4. says

    I agree with you! Pinterest is the bomb. Oh so addicting, too! I am going through my office and tossing so many magazines. I also just pulled about 30 cookbooks to donate since you can find anything on the web with wonderful pictures and reviews of recipes. I used to collect cookbooks, but now, thanks to Pinterest, I am freeing up space and clutter… mental clutter, too!


  5. says

    How do I find you on Pinterest? I looked for a link but couldn't find one. I love Pinterest, but could spend WAY too much time there if I didn't check myself :o)

  6. says

    Oh, you bet I DO save magazine pages! First I save some for recipes, or craft articles/how-to's. Then I save some for making magazine beads, and some for collaging with for my mixed media art journaling!.. I love recycling when I can! Love your idea for a filing system! ~tina

  7. says

    I used to tear, file and save. But then I'd forget about them. "Our of sight, out of mind" is true for me. Causes problems in trying to organize my home! But, Pinterest is helping immensely in that area. I just love it!

  8. says

    Angie, this is a terrific idea! I have so many magazines laying around, because I can't bear to throw them away. I'm going to start an "inspiration file" like you did and only keep the pages I like. I love how you organized it too, by catagory. This will be my weekend project. I haven't started pinning yet. I've heard it's addictive so I'm a little scared. I will never leave my computer! : )


  9. says

    I used to love magazines…but got away from them a few years ago. I love pinterest too but haven't had as much time there lately. I pinned your valentine napkin rings:D

  10. says

    I just started on Pintrest and I can certainly see the advantage to saving magazine pages. The problem comes with all the goodies that I already have saved. It is a dilemna, isn't it. I love your organized file folder system and now your binder. You are just an organizing machine!

  11. says

    I have my magazine "saves" in two 3-ring binders & in page protectors. I've been pinning for awhile, too, and love it. I doubt my binders will ever be empty….lol!

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