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Thread: Magazine Organization/Storage

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    My LQS has an old Wash Tub at the entrance that contains old quilt magazine that shoppers drop off as a magazine trading service. I just dropped off all my mother's old quilt magazines there. I think I got rid of about 50 magazines and I only took one in trade, I still have probably 150-200 magazines, but those are my favorites! I have only actually used one pattern out of all my magazines but they are my inspiration for many. My favorites are my Quilting Arts magazines, which I store in the cheap magazine holders I usually just pick up from thrift shops.
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    This is what I do as well. Works great

    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Weisberg View Post
    I went thru my tons of them and cut out the quilt picture and directions that I truley thought I would make, and then stored them in a plastic sleeve and put in a 3 ring binder. That was three years ago, and I still have not made any of the quilts. It sure freed up room on my magazine shelfs.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Weisberg View Post
    I went thru my tons of them and cut out the quilt picture and directions that I truley thought I would make, and then stored them in a plastic sleeve and put in a 3 ring binder. That was three years ago, and I still have not made any of the quilts. It sure freed up room on my magazine shelfs.....
    Same here,
    only now I have 3 binders full.
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    I have mine stacked in a bookcase, but would you believe, about 4 months ago, the bookcase fell apart from the weight of the magazines! I put it back together, but I think the computer/scanner idea might be a better idea for me. (I wish that would work for some of the OTHER clutter in my drawers and closets!! LOL!)

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    My dad used to store his magazines in the large corn flakes boxes, he would paint over the sides in blackboard paint, and mark what was in each box. One box stored one year, or so. He had a dot system for reference, from 1-5 red dots, with 5 dots being important. I think most of his boxes had 5 dots. I have the bookcase where he stored these boxes, he made it 50 years ago out of packing crates. The magazines are long gone, he would have been 98 years old this past Feb. 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PS Stitcher View Post
    So I am totally in LOVE with magazines and using them for ideas. But now they are getting unruly and I am just not sure how to organize them or store them. What do you ladies/gents do? Can you give me some ideas of what works for you?? I would really appreciate it!

    Scan the pages you want onto your computer then give the mags to someone who would like them.

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    I also go thru mine take out or copy what I want to keep and pass them on to my Mom or others at our BOM classes.
    I put what I wanted to keep in sheet protectors and place in a binder as well.
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    My quilt guild has a library the members donate all sorts of hand craft magazines and books to that are sold at our monthly meetings with the proceeds going back to the guild. If you don't have a guild that does this, I take my old magazines to the hospital (making sure my address is either cut out or illegible) and donate them. The volunteers are always glad to get them so people in the waiting room have something to read.

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    I bought some large index cards and started sorting my mags. I write one line of info on quilts Im interested in making someday. Each card is for a particular mag like Love of Quilting etc. Some I have more than one card for.
    This also shows me which mags to keep suscriptions for. Ones with few quilts I am canceling.
    I have alot more mags now than when this picture was taken but not out of room yet.
    The cabinet was cheap so can always get another one.
    The bookcase is for fats and I got the baskets at the Dollartree.
    I have alot more fats now also.
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    I don't have too many. My cooking mags I went thru them and pulled out what I wanted and out the door they went. Once I get the rest of my house together the few quilting/embroidery ones that I have I'm scanning into my pc on digital format and out they go. I've started getting Emb mag but only online, this way I can put it on my pc or my color nook and no clutter. You wouldn't believe how many books I got rid of this yr. I had this great idea that one day I wanted to have an office with bookcases and all of my reading books in them. They collect so much dust and even though I have 4 bedrooms, I don't have room for an office. One room has my son, girlfriend and her daughter in it until they can afford it on their own. One (smallest one) I made into a spare room. It used to be my bedroom, then it was a sewing room. The bedroom next to it is a little bigger and also my old bedroom. I decided to make it my sewing room and get a few extra feet of space, very few. Then I have another big bedroom upstairs that was my daughters. When she moved out, I went on Craigslist and furnished it (everything except for the mattress) and it is now my room. Lots of space and event though it's all solid wood and came from several people it all goes together and I got great prices. Even on my new mattress, it was last yr model and then it was damage when they brought it into my house so my 1000 price tag went down to 200. I have a large sunroom that I was going to make into my sewing room but kind of like being able to close it off from the rest of house to minimize dust. So I'm having a small office area in my sunroom and a great relaxing area for when I do my hand embroidery or applique. Once you get into the mind set of de-cluttering it gets addicting too. There were a few mags that I wanted at the quilt show but since they weren't on digital format I didn't get them. I don't want to spend all of my time scanning things into my pc. Good luck and I hope you find something that works good for you. They say once you start getting rid of things it makes you feel good, it's true. Either getting rid of things or just finding a storage system that works for you has the same effect.
    Judy

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