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Organize Magazines in your Living Room

A living room that looks picture perfect elsewhere can easily become overwhelmed by catalogs, magazines, books and other paperwork.

Believe it or not, there are simple ways to organize magazines and other papers in your living room without throwing everything away.

Without having a convenient way to store magazines, catalogs and other reading material your living room can quickly become cluttered and disorganized. Throwing everything away only eliminates the problem temporarily, until the next batch comes in!

Having several different storage options for reading material is essential to keeping everything neat and organized.

The following tips will help you get your reading materials organized, tidy and under control.

Magazine Subscriptions

If you subscribe to several magazines, do you actually read every issue when they’re mailed to your home?

If you search through your recent magazines and find any you haven’t read in awhile, cancel your subscriptions! It will make keeping reading material under control that much easier if you eliminate what you don’t read.

If you subscribe to multiple magazines and do frequently read them, it’s important to have a convenient way to organize the issues you want to keep without cluttering the rest of the living room.

Place the latest issue on a coffee table for friends and relatives to browse through when they’re visiting, but place other magazines out of site. You can do this by purchasing a large basket to place in an inconspicuous corner or a beautiful magazine rack that meshes with the overall living room décor.

In order to eliminate the clutter, throw away back issues of magazines when new ones arrive. If there’s an article you want to keep, tear out the ones that interest you and store them neatly away in a file cabinet with a label that clearly states what’s in the folder.


Catalogs are a fun way to relax and shop from the comfort of your own home, but they can easily cause clutter and chaos if left unchecked.

If you enjoy browsing through catalogs while lounging in a comfortable chair in the living room, you need to find a way to organize multiple catalogs without leaving them around the house.

Catalogs that you never sent for or have no interest in should be immediately thrown away the second they arrive. This will save you time in the long run.

Other catalogs that you enjoy looking through should be kept in a rack apart from your magazines and other reading material. When a new catalog arrives, toss out the old one whether you’ve read it or not.


A love of books can quickly turn into clutter when you leave them strewn about the living room and other areas of your home.

Organize the bookshelf according to categories; for example, self-help books should be grouped with similar books, reference material with each other, etc.

If you tend to re-read specific books or read a lot of one genre, place those books on shelves that are closer to eye-level. That way, you don’t have to search as much for the book you want.

You can arrange your bookshelf in a visually appealing way by adding decorative bookends or varying the way you place them on the shelves. Your options are unlimited!

However you decide to arrange them, it’s important that they are displayed on a shelf and not tossed around your living room to create clutter.

Magazines, catalogs and books can easily overtake a home if left unorganized.

Thankfully, by following a few simple tips you can easily manage your reading material and turn your living room back into a comfortable, organized and clutter-free zone!