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Category Archives: living room organization
Back when I was studying abroad in Spain, I remember walking into a Zara Home store and feeling like a kid in a candy store. There were so many lovely decor items everywhere I turned. I was sad to find out though that there were no Zara Home locations in the US, and while that’s still the case, as of this month the line is now available online. I browsed the selection this morning, and found several great trays, boxes, bins and baskets for beautifully organizing the home:
In the last ‘Beautifully Organized’ post I talked about organizing the latest magazine issues – the ones that are current reading material. Today I want to go over a few tips on organizing old magazine issues that you’ve held onto for future reference. You may have heard the organizing rule that you should only keep the most current issue of any given magazine and toss the rest. While that may be a good idea for many, I don’t believe it’s necessarily a rule all should follow. If you’re anything like me, you love your shelter and fashion glossies and like to go through old issues from time to time for a jolt of visual inspiration for a blog post, design project, etc. Oftentimes an issue from a few years ago is just as inspiring as a current one and the tactile experience of flipping through the pages is a nice break from all the digital.
Since new issues arrive to us every month from various subscriptions though, the challenge is not letting the collection get out of control. Most of don’t have space to store every single issue of every single publication. What I like to do is, when I get a new magazine in, as I’m reading through it, I fold down the corner of pages that have inspiring content. If I only dog-ear two or three pages, I rip those out, save them in a magazine clippings binder (more on that later!) and recycle the remainder of the magazine. If I find that I’ve dog-eared tons of pages though, I keep the magazine.
Here’s a few ideas on how to store the keepers:
Separate them out by type…
Ikea and the Container Store are my go-to places to get magazine files. You can either turn them around so the fully covered side is facing towards the front, and label them for a clean, streamlined look…
Or you can turn them the opposite way so that the upper half of the magazines show…It’s a good idea to turn the files this side when you don’t have labels on them. Bonus: Looks particularly nice when the spines are colorful!
Tell me, do you collect magazines? How do you organize and store them?
Hope this inspired some ideas for your own home!
image credits: 1- 7th house on the left 2- mimi + meg, 3- photography by danielle moss styling by alexandra berlin design, 4- scan from your home is a sanctuary via this is glamorous, 5- martha stewart, 6- canadian house and home, 7- hbo’s sex and the city, 8- via lonny mag, 9- via for the love of pretty, 10- deliciously organized, 11- i heart organizing, 12- arianna belle, 13- found via this pin
Pieces that do double duty are so great for small spaces. This piece below, a bookcase turned on its side with a cushion on top, doubles both as a place to store favorite books as well as extra seating. So clever!
image credit: sous style by pippa
A good tip for magazines that are current reading material is to store them wherever you tend to do most of your reading. Here, a basket next to the sofa makes them easily accessible, perfect for reading while lounging:
Maybe you have a desk that has built-in storage, like the one shown above right (lucky!). Since chances are you don’t, you could consider creating your own storage using display shelves. A magazine wall like this one shown below would be perfect for an office or breakfast nook:
image credits: 1 -via plantation design, 2- anthology, 3 -cupcakes and cashmere, 4 -found via pinterest, 5-lonny, 6- made by girl
A great place to keep living room throws and blankets is in a woven basket. Baskets are portable, so they can move wherever needed and they add beautiful texture in a room:
image credits: 1-domino, 2-via pinterest, 3-via pinterest, 4-via the little green notebook, 5- via living room ideas, 6-domino
Absolutely loving this card catalog from the home Rachel of Small Notebook. She uses it to organize, store, and make easily accessible, all the little random things that previously didn’t have a home.
Beautiful boxes, a basket, and vintage suitcase provide ample storage and keep the color story consistent. A white stand near the door keeps umbrellas contained and readily accessible. The dark wall colors (love those stripes!) help the TV and DVD player”disappear” and keep them from being eyesores.
via lonny mag
A tote basket is a beautiful solution for containing and conveniently transporting files and/or project supplies from room-to-room.
image via domino
I’m loving these hand-woven fair trade imports from Tango Zulu:
P.S. You can also use ‘em as market totes, magazine holders, picnic baskets…there’s a multitude of uses!