5 Clutter-Free Ways To Keep Magazine Ideas

Are you an idea collector? Magazines are full of them! I was given the gift of four magazine subscriptions for Christmas. Keeping clutter to a minimum in a small house is important and magazines can take up important space.

I love a good magazine.  I am addicted to Pinterest, Houzz, and Instagram just as much as the next girl. But, there is something about a cup of tea on a rainy afternoon and a new decorating magazine. Holding it, flipping through it back to front, then front to back. Yes, I read a magazine backward. Just like my mother-in-law.

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Besides a rainy day, I like to read magazines when I am camping in my Airstream, I am on a plane, and I before bed when trying to avoid the "blue light" from my iPad that is supposed to keep me awake before bed.

Home, gardening, and holiday magazines are my favorite. I may get one or two good ideas in any given publication then they are quickly forgotten. You may be an article ripper-outer like me. That can create its own set of clutter! Here are five clutter-free ways to save your magazine ideas that have helped me.

1. Pin it

Many magazines have an online presence. Rather than ripping out the recipe, or worse yet, keeping the magazine just for one recipe, look for it online. Pin it to your Pinterest recipe board.

I have done this numerous times not just for recipes but for paint color, landscape ideas, and places I want to travel. When you see something you want to remember in a magazine, check to see if it is online and save it virtually.

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2. Snap a picture

Save it to your computer in your photos. Create individual folders in your computer's photo program.  Title them: house, gardening, DIY projects, or bathroom remodel etc. Each time you sync or download, move the picture into the appropriate file.

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3. Evernote

This works similar to Pinterest but I find it much easier and I save to Evernote for different reasons than I save to Pinterest.

When you see the perfect light fixture in a magazine, go find it online. Once you find it just click the Evernote icon in your browser bar, choose the file, and give it a couple of tags.

Evernote is an app you can use on your computer, phone and tablet designed for note taking, archiving, and organizing. Once it is installed, it is an absolutely amazing tool and I'm always finding new ways to use it. There is a free version but I use the Premium Service at just $69.99 per year. You can try Evernote Premium free for one month here (affiliate link). If you love it like I do, share it with friends and continue to earn it for free.

I use Evernote and Pinterest for different purposes. Pinterest saves are broader. For example, a party idea I may want to do someday gets saved in Pinterest. Things I save in Evernote are more specific. For example, a claw foot tub for my bathroom remodel.

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4. Out with the old, in with the new

I have adopted the same rule I use with my clothes for magazines.

If two new tops come in, then two tops are donated to charity. Two magazines come in then two magazines go out. This doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your favorite magazine, though. Hang onto it for safe keeping but recycle one of the new issues.

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5. Designate a space for only magazines

One trick to keep clutter at a minimum is to keep like things or collections together. I keep my magazines in Ikea Knuff magazine files that I hacked. Learn how to make them here. However, a designated basket, bucket, or drawer does exactly the same trick.

What is your favorite magazine and where is your special spot to keep them?

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