Every household contains items that you keep for reading purposes in either your living room, or console tables, or side tables, or bookshelves, or under the center table. These items are known as Magazines, Newspapers, and Catalogs.
They are those extra features that you always need in your main room or the room attended by other people the most. They bring out an exciting turn on events, and it is better when someone finds a good article or picture of their same interest.
Magazines of various kinds like Vogue, Real Estate, Automobile, Reader’s Digest, etc. are most found, apart from that, the people living in that house can have their preferences. Magazines are fun to look at, can pass your boredom very quickly, and even give you some insightful information, or something you have wanted for so long, like a car on sale or a mobile.
Newspapers are no doubt present in every household, magazines, and catalogs might be secondary. The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, etc. are many papers worldwide, delivering daily news and information about the world. Even though newspapers have also been digital now, there are still people who like to feel the paper.
Interior Catalogs, Home Decor Catalogs, Educational Offers and Sales Catalogs, Pet Products Catalogs, and many more are a list of essential items. Catalogs come from different companies, and you should always keep a fresh copy of it because the old catalogs will not include some new features installed by the company in their latest issue.
If you have all the three items in your home or any two, or anyone but with a considerable amount of load, then you need to declutter it. It would help if you organize your magazines, newspapers, and catalogs in a presentable way, and you are also comfortable picking out.
Here are a few ideas on how you can organize your magazines, newspapers, and catalogs:
Get Rid of the Old Subscriptions/Issues
Old subscriptions of magazines or old newspapers or old issues of catalogs should not be kept as you might have misinformation. Moreover, it is always recommended to keep your magazines, newspapers, and catalogs, the things which not only you but even your family and kids enjoy up to date.
The old issues or subscriptions have a sale or offers on products on that period and might have changed or sold out now, that is why you must keep fresh up to date issues. A very effective way to get rid of your old subscriptions is by donating them to various charities, organizations, and people.
You love magazines, which is why you probably have 20-30 subscriptions of each magazine, but how many of them do you read or get the time to read? Reading a whole magazine takes a good 2-3 hours, and in your busy schedule, you are struggling to find your Me time, which is why you should cancel some of your subscriptions.
While you clear out your magazines, please make a list of the names of the magazines you have subscribed for, vaguely look at them, and see which ones you want to read daily. For example – If you are a gardener or loving working on your garden, then you can keep the Home Garden magazines; if you are an interior designer. You can keep an interior designer magazine or catalog.
You will have to choose the most relevant magazines to you and subscribe to them; for the rest of the magazines, you can have them come by on weekends or once per month, to get a side feeling of something else.
Organizing Magazines, Newspapers, and Catalogs
Now, we will talk about how you can organize your magazines, newspapers, and catalogs in your home so that they are presentable and, at the same time, easily accessible.
The first idea that you can have is to store your magazines, newspapers, and catalogs under your TV by building an entertainment unit or under your center table or coffee table with three dividers for each item.
When you wish to read one, take it from underneath your table and put it back there when you are done. No more keeping it on your sofa or chairs and making your living room messy all the time.
Wooden or Paper Crates
Wooden or paper crates are a perfect tool for keeping your items. Take a big crate; rustic ones are trendy and high in demand; you can decorate it your way too; place two dividers in the crate to make three separate columns for your three items. Then all you must do is put your magazines, newspapers, and catalogs in them with their front-facing forward so that you can quickly identify them. It is recommended if you keep them vertically and slightly tilted.
Need to make it look more authentic? Try using Baskets! Baskets are a great floor decor item; you can keep flowers, pillows, magazines, newspapers, catalogs, and mini baskets for muffins, cookies, etc. Place your magazines in the basket and decorate it with a flower wreath, ribbons, or anything you want. You can use the basket as a floor decor and keep it in your living room, right next to your sofa, chairs, or even in your bedroom.
If you are more of a creative person and loves stationery items, you can use magazine folders to organize your magazines in one place. File holders are small files that allow you to put your magazines vertically in the holder. The magazines come with different cutout shapes, straight or a bit curvy, and with different patterns. You can easily fit 8-12 magazines in one holder or more, depending on the thickness.
Using magazine clippings is the best way to quickly take out the recipes, fashion advice, gardening advice you want. Magazine or catalog clippings helps you in many ways; when you have time to give a thorough read to your magazines, you can save the recipe pages from different magazines in one compartment of your file; even in recipes, you can include few clippings like kids favorite, weekend dinners, etc. so that when your kids suddenly want to eat something good you can quickly look at the kids’ favorite recipes clippings.
Because you cannot store a magazine forever in your home, the best way to save the exciting pages is by tearing them and pasting them in your folders. Since there can be many such pages, it is recommended that you keep a three-ring binder for such purposes and label them as Kids, Home Decor, Holidays, etc. so that any information in the magazine that is related to any of your binders can be saved up in the folder.
A classy and useful item for your magazines and catalogs and your living room or corridor. Bookshelves add a vibrant feel to your home. They are not only meant to keep your magazines or catalogs. You can even put your books, some bowls, some candles, any item that you think will suit.
When you are showing your new house to friends, relatives, or even guests, they would walk by the corridor/living room and look at the beautiful a bookshelf lined with a unique collection of magazines and catalogs.
A fantastic hack! Yes, there is such a thing as magazine/catalog racks. They are V-shaped racks with sides to stand them and use them as floor decor. When you lay down your magazines or catalogs in them, they are kept almost horizontal but in such a way that it is visible.
I think these racks are unique, and everyone should have them at their home. With their colors, they sure make a hell of a floor decor item.
Organize your magazines, newspapers, and catalogs in ways you never thought you could. Each household contains them, and they have all spread around in the living room, or just kept at the table or on the sofa.
With these hacks, you can make a specific place for them either as a floor decor or underneath a table or on a bookshelf; they will look more presentable and, at the same time, easily accessible.
However, before you start organizing them, make sure that you declutter all your old magazines, newspapers, and catalogs because they are never of fair use unless you want the picture and no information. After that, selectively choose your favorite ones and make their new space. Let them enjoy a more pleasant environment and make your house look good too.