Task 34 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge – Magazines

It’s week 34 of my Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge. If you haven’t signed up yet, join me today as I help you remove all those things in your home you no longer need or use.

Magazines can offer us so much inspiration – they inspire our meals, our fashion, our home decor, and even our minds with their crosswords and sudoku. We keep them for this very reason, yet overtime that little pile of inspiration can turn into a great big pile of unkept clutter.

Well what if I told you that you can have your cake and eat it too – so to speak. Check out all the details below, in this week’s easy peasy declutter task for your magazines.

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Decluttering Task #34


Like so many women, I collect a lot of magazines. My weakness is cooking magazines – and I have a lot of them! I have got into the habit of only keeping magazines for a maximum of one year, and after this point if there’s anything in particular I want (like a recipe), I only keep that part of the magazine.

A large magazine rack is also an essential to minimise clutter! This is actually a dish rack from K-mart that makes for a perfect magazine holder.

Store and organise magazine ideas for tidy clutter free home

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Note: My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit

  • Look at your magazines and see what storage solutions aren’t working.
  • Bring all your magazines together into the one spot (they can often end up scattered throughout the house), grouping like magazines together.
  • Determine what magazines you haven’t used in over 12 months and consider purging them.
  • If you have held onto magazines for a recipe, outfit inspiration etc, then rip out this page(s) to keep, and consider purging the rest of the magazine.
  • Add any new and/or your current storage products to the areas of your home where magazines are most often used. This will make putting them away easier, and will help you keep your magazines organised.
  • Place older magazines and ones you don’t use often towards the back.

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How many items have you been able to purge today?

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Karen August 21, 2019 - 6:42 AM

Hi Kat. I’m loving the declutter challenge – do you have a running list of the weekly tasks so far, that you could share? One of my friends has decided (rather late in the year!) to get on board with this. Thank you x

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 21, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Of course Karen! It’s never too late to start decluttering 😉 Your friend can view all the weekly tasks for 2019 here: https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/declutter-52-things-in-52-weeks-challenge/ – Thanks, Kat 🙂

Aisling August 21, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Hi Kat
What or how do you store the pages you pull out of the older magazines please? I’d love to purge but can’t bear the loose paper look.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 21, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Aisling I know exactly how you feel! I like to keep my recipes neatly collated in my Recipe Organiser folder. I offer the cover page, spine label, 50+ dividers and blank recipe pages of my Recipe Organiser as an instant download on my shop: https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/shop/product/recipe-organiser/ – I hope this helps 🙂 Kat

Vicki August 21, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Just completed this task a couple of weeks back. Got rid of all magazines except for my Donna Hay collection. She folded her magazine empire last year at Issue 100 & I have them all. They’re now all proudly displayed as a collection, along with her cookbooks, in my bookshelves.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 21, 2019 - 1:06 PM

Oh Vicki how wonderful! Definitely make sure you hold on to those magazines! Kat x

Deej August 21, 2019 - 4:31 PM

My hubby is the only person in our house that buys magazines now. I stopped many years ago, and culled them all then. However, I think it is time to have a look at his collection, and I dont mind him keeping it at all but we might look for some better storage for them!! Not a category that crossed my mind really as I don’t read them.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 22, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Deej I love my magazine rack, which is simply a re-purposed K-mart dish rack! It fits heaps of magazines and looks gorgeous too… but is perhaps not very masculine for your hubby. Good luck decluttering his stash 🙂 Kat

Tracy August 21, 2019 - 6:35 PM

I stopped buying magazines a few years ago when I found that my local library had an app that allowed for hundreds of magazines to be downloaded online. They can be kept or returned. I print off any recipes or ideas I wish to keep. It has saved me a fortune and I’m able to access many more than I would have able to afford. I’m in the UK, do they do the same in Australia?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 22, 2019 - 12:06 PM

Ooo Tracy, this is a great idea! I’m not sure if that’s something that Australian libraries offer, but I will certainly be looking into it. Thanks for sharing this tip. Kat x

Christine August 23, 2019 - 11:29 AM

What does everyone do with their magazines that they are happy to “purge”. I have quite a collection that I need to clear. I don’t want to just put in recycling. Are there charities or organisations that take home improvement mags?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 26, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Christine I would imagine that some op shops would take good quality magazines (I have seem them there for sale before?). You could also check if the school or daycare want them for arts and crafts, or re-purpose them for wrapping paper. Kat 🙂

Lyn August 23, 2019 - 3:31 PM

I love your magazine/dish rack ?. I can’t find it on Kmart website so maybe it’s no longer available ??

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 26, 2019 - 9:18 AM

It might be an oldie Lyn 🙁 Please let me know if you come across any similar ones and I will share the details. Kat x

Rebecca Welsh September 12, 2019 - 9:34 PM

As always this is also so inspiring tips to organize magazines. I have so many and some of them, I think read long ago but I still want to keep them as reading my favourite books and magazines are best way to spend time when I am done with all my daily homely routine tasks. Nice tips indeed and nice magazine rack.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 16, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Lovely feedback! Glad to hear you enjoyed this post Rebecca. Thanks, Kat x


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