magazine madness

3rd June 2013

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a bit of a magazine hoarding problem. I usually recycle the not-so-great ones right away, but then let my faves pile up thinking I’ll crack them open again at some point.

Well, with the recent influx of baby things at our place, I am really wanting to get rid our house of any unnecessary clutter. And these magazines? Well, they were getting unruly (that is just pile #1 of 2).


We had a few rainy days this weekend, so I plunked myself down on the couch, turned on HGTV, and got to those piles. I flipped through each magazine quickly and tore out fave pages. On some of them I wrote what I liked with a sharpie marker (ie. “try this as DIY artwork”, or “love those built ins”), but mostly I just left the tear sheets as-is.DSC_1095

I thought this was going to be a fairly quick project, but dudes, it took a loonnngg time. After a few sessions of TV watching, the pile on the “recycling” side was finally winning.

And as for those tear sheets? Well I had put together some magazines files to hold them. DSC_1099

They are sorted into three main categories: living/dining, kitchen/bath, and other (bedroom/DIY/outdoor). Eventually I could start a few others or put them into plastic sheets in large binders, but for now, these are working out just fine.DSC_1097

They sit along with some others in our basement storage area.


And as for that farm chair that you could barely see any more in the living room? Well, it is happily on display again!


New resolution: no more magazine hoarding from now on.

Do you guys hang on to fave magazines, or are you pretty good about reading + recycling? Have a good system for keeping tear sheets? Do you even still keep tear sheets now that there are things like Pinterest and blogs a-plenty for inspiration?

  • Gilit

    Haha I go through this same process all the time! By “all the time” I mean once ever few months on a non-regular basis, but it feels amazing recycling the big parts and tearing out the ideas I love. I have mine in folders, but some of them are busting so I think I might change to your system.

  • Amelia @ House Pretty Blog

    Too funny, my husband was just giving me a hard time about magazine hoarding last week! I need to follow your example!

    • gemma

      Ha.. sounds familiar, Amelia! :)


  • Megan @ Monroe Makeshift

    I hate magazine clutter. I usually take a picture of the page I like with my phone and create a Pinterest pin and recycle the rest of the magazine. That way, I have absolutely no paper clutter. The only tear outs I keep are recipes which are all in one binder.

    • gemma

      I love that photo idea, Megan!


  • Chaney

    I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot lately, as my magazine pile is getting out of control too! They’re mostly collecting dust in a pile at the moment…and this is a great way to corral the clutter. I’ll have to start going through my magazines asap :).

    • gemma

      Be warned… it takes longer than you think it will! Haha :) Good luck!


  • Katy

    I have this same problem. I love your idea. I seriously need to get on that. I have a feeling that would make my husband pretty happy. :)

    • gemma

      Yep… it’s a marriage-helper for sure! Ha! :)


  • Stephanie

    My magazine subscriptions are up for renewal and I decided this last week to let them go. Every idea, recipe, workout routine, decorating project I could be inspired by I can find on Pinterest, gawker sites and everywhere on the web for free. I need to carve out some time to go through my massive stack of magazines like you did and upload the recipes I want to keep on my iPad and let the paper go! Thanks for the kick in the pants :)

    • gemma

      Good for you, Stephanie! I still really enjoy getting hard copies in the mail — it’s always like a little treat and usually forces me to relax every now and again :) Love your idea though!


  • Danielle

    I used to do this all the time! But then I realized I never referred back to anything I’d taken the time to tear out. So I let my magazine subscriptions go. I recently started a Pinterest account and that’s easier! But the pretty spines all lined up and a new magazine each month? Sigh. Good luck to you and kudos for sticking with it!