Getting Organized

by Andrea Cooley

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I didn't really make any new year's resolutions this year, but it's always good to get organized! This week it's all about cutting clutter and finding a place for things around the house. We'll share some of our favorite organizing ideas, some new tricks, and some things we've shared before.

I don't know about you, but I always feel better when everything has a place! That doesn't mean my house is always organized, are you kidding me? I live with a 14-month old. His idea of organizing is dumping the Legos on the floor and making sure every single tupperware container is out of the cupboard. No. My life is far from organized all the time, but a girl can dream, right?

First up, my magazines. I kind of have a problem when it comes to throwing away magazines. I don't do it. I've worked in the industry for 10 years now and let's just say, I have a lot of magazines. I have purged over the years, but there are a lot that I can't bare to part with!

I used to be able to keep most of my magazines at work, but now I don't have that luxury. When I cleaned out my office last year and started freelancing I knew I had to figure out some kind of system!

magazine organizer cube shelfEnter the ClosetMaid 8-Cube Laminate Storage Organizer. It holds a lot of magazines! Sadly, this isn't all my magazines, but it's a lot of them. I try to go through once a year and get rid of ones that I don't think I'll look at again. I know it looks like a crazy amount of magazines, and it is, BUT I really do look at them!

Whenever Adam gives me a hard time about them, I remind him that they are like my textbooks. So if you ever want to flip through a magazine, come on over!

What's something you have a hard time getting rid of?

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Andrea Cooley

  1. I have the hardest time with magazines too. I had like a 5 year stash of Martha Stewart Livings that I forced myself to get rid of. But it seemed like I was committing hary-kary! I've been dog-earring pages and am planning on going back and taking a photo of the page with my ipad. I've been giving stacks of back issues to a co-worker who appreciates the reading material. I also put some in the new mom's/nursing rooms at work too because I know they've got some time on their hands :) The problem is the sheer volume of magazines I get: BHG, Real Simple, Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, Food Network, Cooking Light and HGTV! Yikes!

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a hard time parting with magazines! Those are great ideas for what to do with them when you’re reading to part ways. I usually just recycle them but will definitely try to find places where other people can enjoy them.

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