In my column a few weeks ago on RealSimple.com, I wrote about my favorite organizing and productivity books. A reader responded and asked me if I could write a column about my favorite organizing magazines. I felt a little weird writing about non-Real Simple magazines over there, so I thought I would address the question here on Unclutterer.
Magazines are pesky creatures since they can quickly become clutter. They contain great information, though, so the trick is to process them immediately when they arrive. (Remember, I pull out all of the articles, scan them, and then toss the magazine into the recycling bin.) I subscribe to many magazines for work and these are the ones that repeatedly give me organizing inspiration:
1. Real Simple
More than two million subscribers join me in my love affair with this Time, Inc., publication. The pictures are beautiful, the suggestions practical, and I always learn something from reading it. Under the direction of editor Kristin van Ogtrop the magazine has found its voice and strength.
2. Martha Stewart Living
Martha Stewart is the queen of all things related to the home. She and her staff produce a magazine full of advice that often leaves me in awe. The content ranges from the extremely practical to the truly decadent. Every issue offers inspiration for how to keep your home in tip-top shape.
3. Ready Made
If you’ve never seen this gem of a magazine, you’re missing out on one of the best in the business. Ready Made is all about using what you already own or can easily obtain to create solutions to meet your needs. Without contest, it’s the hipster’s choice in organizing magazines. Published six times a year, it’s also my husband’s favorite on this list.
Organize is the newest member of the organizing magazine world. It has a board of professional organizers who serve as advisers to help guide its content and contribute in other ways to the publication. The fewest advertisements of the four magazines listed here, and, as a result, is a bit more expensive. I’ve found it to be a quality addition to the genre. (UPDATE: Organize is in flux and may not be continuing. Subscription information has been removed from this article as a result.)
The first three magazines listed here have special rates for Unclutterer readers. So, if you’ve been thinking about picking up a subscription to one of these, clicking on the links above should land you a decent deal. I also want to add that we do NOT receive any sort of a kickback if you subscribe to any of these three. If you want to subscribe, that’s cool. If you don’t, that’s cool, too. I just wanted to let you know about the deals.
What magazines inspire you? Are there magazines you wouldn’t necessarily consider home or organizing themed that often have great anti-clutter articles in them? Let us know about your favorites!