Posted 7 August, 08on:
Being an ardent Ottobre fan, I have lots of magazines to organize. I store mine in plastic magazine boxes. To find the right issue, I had to pull out each magazine almost all the way out of the box to see the issue number. Post-It Notes to the rescue! I write the issue number on the unsticky edge and place the Post-It Note inside the front cover so the issue number is sticking out. Because it is a Post-It Note, I have no worries about the glue damaging the magazine. Yes, I know I am a bit compulsive about keeping my magazines in pristine condition.
When all of the magazines are placed in the magazine boxes, it is easy to find the one I want by reading the little “flags” that are sticking up.
I would like to say that I am so organized that I keep them in date order. I don’t. I have thought about organizing them by season. When I am doing summer sewing, I could take out the summer box of magazines, but that’s not the way I work. My magazines are stuck randomly in boxes. At this point, they all fit in four boxes so it is not a big deal to skim the flags of four boxes. As the collection grows, a higher level of organization might be needed.
The key to organizing is to keep it as simple as possible. I don’t want to spend time filing things that don’t need to be filed. If the “system” is too complicated or high maintenance, you won’t keep it up.
There are lots of ways to organize things. You have to find the system that works the way you do. Organizing my magazines by season is a waste of time for me. Because I frequently hack patterns, I don’t use only summer issues for summer sewing. I keep copies of the line drawings from each issue in a 3-ring binder. I can flip through that to find patterns. Once I have the issue number, finding the issue in the magazine boxes is easy.
What works for you?