Organized Magazine Files

My magazine tear sheets were getting out of control.  I’m an active magazine/catalog reader, meaning I’m not afraid to circle things, make notes, and tear out pages for inspiration for everything from home decor to health and fashion.  These images and articles can be a jumping point for future blog posts and now I’m also starting to get gift ideas for Christmas, so I wanted to get them organized.  I found a perfect file solution at Target with a wooden file box and bright geometric green and white file folders.  
I sorted my magazine pages into categories with post-it note labels. 
Then, created labels with my label maker and green dot washi tape. 
I affixed a gold bookplate label to the front  to personalize the box. 
I don’t know why I get so excited over organizing things, but these files make me much happier than having all my magazine pages in a big heap.  It’s a good start to a Monday. 

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  1. November 10, 2014 / 12:21 pm

    Love this solution! This comes at such a good time for me because I was just fretting over the messy state of all my own torn magazine/catalog pages. With so many new ones coming in during this time of year, they're really getting out of control. I may have to tackle this project before the week is over.

    • November 12, 2014 / 4:17 pm

      I love your blog name Michele!

  2. November 10, 2014 / 2:16 pm

    I used to keep so many magazines/catalogs and tear outs, but realized the majority I can find online now. Love the way you organized them however…very cheerful.

    • November 12, 2014 / 4:18 pm

      I like a mix of both still. Sometimes I just need to step away from the computer and go old school.

  3. November 10, 2014 / 4:16 pm

    I keep mine in sheet protectors and organize them by categories in a 3-ring binder. So easy to flip through when I'm looking for a new recipe, decor ideas, or clothing!

    • November 12, 2014 / 4:18 pm

      I've done that before too and it works for easy flipping!

  4. November 10, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    This is such a great idea, I think I may have to stop by Target on my way home to see if I can find a similar one! I've always refrained from pulling things out of my magazines because I knew they would just end up getting tossed, but this is a great way to keep them orderly 🙂

    xoxo, SS

    • November 11, 2014 / 1:49 am

      Love this idea. I also tear out articles and have them in 3 ring binders but like this idea better. Will be going to Target tomorrow.

    • November 12, 2014 / 4:19 pm

      I love the wooden box with gold hardware! So much prettier than the plastic bins. Target has some nice patterned cardboard file boxes too.

  5. November 11, 2014 / 12:18 am

    hmm.. nice idea…

  6. November 11, 2014 / 1:01 am

    I love this idea. I was using page protectors in a binder before, but this is so much prettier and fun.

    • November 12, 2014 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks Chrystal!

  7. Chic Coastal Living
    November 11, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    Love this! I need to get more organized real soon! XO

    • November 12, 2014 / 4:20 pm

      Ha! Let me come help you!

  8. Erin
    November 18, 2014 / 4:42 pm

    I've given up on tearing out pages from magazines. I had tooooo many over the last ten+ years. It was so freeing the advent of Pinterest to just chuck them all in recycling when I moved last year. Now when i see something in a magazine I want to remember, I take a picture of it and upload it to Pinterest. So much better! :o)

  9. November 22, 2014 / 10:43 am

    I have so many teared out pages as well and I know what you mean when you say you get excited about organizing them. I too have felt that since Pinterest and with all available online, I could always find something online now. But I like the idea of drawing inspiration from things that obviously touched me enough to tear out the page. I like Erin's idea of taking a picture of it ad uploading.

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