Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Organizing Clippings?

I am absolutely mortified with the state of my magazines/magazine clippings. I'd like to be someone who doesn't hold onto entire magazines unless they fall into the following categories:

* They are an issue of domino magazine
* They are an entirely perfect issue from cover to cover (i.e. September 2008's Vogue with Keira Knightley on the cover)

I've realized that among the many magazines I've hoarded, few of them fall into the above categories. Until now, if I have managed to go through a magazine to find all the inspirational photos, I've ripped them out and shoved them into an accordion folder while making myself empty promises about when I'm going to actually make a system of all of those pages.

I am now at the point where I really, really need to start organizing this stuff before I start becoming one of those people who lines all the walls in her home with magazines, old newspapers and junk mail from six years ago and breeding cats by the dozen. See what a slippery slope this is?

I need help, though. Does anyone have a good system? I'm thinking a cool binder like this:

from SeeJaneWork.com

I figured I could use those fancy clear plastic thingies and I could make sections for "fashion" "home decor" "food/recipes" "how-to" and "cool haircuts."

Is there anything I'm missing? Anything more efficient? If I come up with a cool, functional system, I'll share it here.


Anonymous said...

this is what I do with mine...but I think a little book for each would be good (Eg hair, clothes, home)... I like that it's a small notebook so I can take it out in my handbag!

Sabrina said...

That's a great idea!

Cara Gracie said...

Haha. We creatives are such organizing freaks!

I currently have this system in place, also utilizing the clear plastic sleeves. It also helps to categorize within categories. Like by room. Anything that makes it easy to find something, the better.

Sabrina said...

Hahah...I totally agree. My friends all laugh when they see my color-coordinated closet.

I think I might hit up Target soon and get the binder idea in gear for all of my full-page magazine clips.

LauraBlogs said...

I used to keep every last magazine, which is typically around 6 per month. After moving so many times, my parents started refusing to move that many magazines and made me toss them. Since then I've tried to find a system to keep the important things from each issue but have failed miserably. I purchased a huge blank sketchbook and was going to make collages or just glue pictures in them but I never made the time to do it. Let me know if you find a good system because I am in desperate need!

Sabrina said...

Haha...I definitely used to hold onto all of my magazines, as well. I got tired, though (just like your folks did), of carting them from place to place. That's why I started ripping out inspirational pages. But now I have piles of loose pages shoved in accordion folders and desk drawers and it looks tragic.

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