01/04/2012 03:45 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

How To Be Organized: Prevent Magazine Clutter

Full disclosure: we still love magazines. We still have our subscriptions to our few favorite titles, but we have a tendency to, well, save them...okay, let them pile up. If you're a devoted magazine reader you know there's nothing like holding the latest issue in your hand and flipping through it. But that doesn't mean we have to keep every single copy that arrives at the doorstep. They stack up quickly and before you know it, they're scattered on table tops and stuffed in random places in your living area. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Take a page from cleaning and organizing expert Sarah Hayon of DwellWell who suggests, first and foremost, to go digital and move your subscriptions over to an eReader. While the idea might seem unappealing to some, it's the most efficient (not to mention eco-friendly) alternative to getting hard-copy magazines. It streamlines all your favorite reads into one place, makes them easy to tote around and, most of all, prevents paper clutter in your home.

For those set on keeping to hard copies, then Sarah recommends editing your subscriptions. Three is the magic number here so limit yourself to receiving three titles each month and throw out previous issues whenever a new one arrives. If there are stories and photos that you love and think you'll want to revisit (we've realized that we never do), cut them out and file them away. Use a folder for stories and get creative with photos by pinning them to an inspiration board. Then, chuck the rest into recycling.

Another alternative is to put some thought into creating an elaborate library storage system. Allot a wall or a corner in your home for bookcases and use it to store all your back issues. In small spaces, a small bookshelf, stackable magazine racks, or a wall hanging storage system are also great ideas. But don't go beyond that storage space. If you run out of room, throw out old copies for newer ones. The key is to never take in more than what the designated space can hold.