Great Ways to Store Old Magazines

While you might want to archive a collection of magazines, the thought of stacks of back issues collecting dust in your family room might make you think twice before picking up the latest issue at the checkout stand. The easiest way to deal with old magazines is to recycle them or donate them to someone who would enjoy them, but you may prefer to save issues containing interesting recipes, woodworking plans, interviews with your favourite celebrities, and antique or "collectible" issues. There are a variety of storage options available to make your magazines more manageable.


Baskets are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to store your magazines. Choose shallow, tray-like square or rectangular baskets to lay magazines flat. This style will slide easily into a bookcase much like a drawer. Round baskets, deeper baskets, are good for standing magazines upright. If you don't like the natural colour of a basket, spray paint it with a colour that matches your decor. Make sure the basket is dry before putting magazines in it.

File Boxes and Binders

Purchase file boxes designed especially for magazines. These boxes are designed to stand the magazines up vertically, and can be found at office supply stores, or you can make own. You can also purchase "hangers" similar to those used by libraries. These are plastic fittings that allow each individual issue to be stored in a three-ring binder, and a year's worth (or more) of magazine issues to be kept together and accessed easily for reading without removing them from the binder. If you don't need to access the magazines often, a standard cardboard file box from an office supply store will hold a lot of magazines and can be stacked. Acid-free varieties are available from library-supply companies if you want extra protection for especially valuable magazines.

Lunch Boxes

For smaller-sized magazines, such as Reader's Digest or cooking magazines from the grocery store checkout line, store them in a set of children's lunch boxes. These stack easily on shelves and protect your magazines from dust and light that can fade them. Choose designs that reflect your interests and personality, or spray paint them to match your decor. You can find lunch boxes at antique stores, online auctions, or even yard sales.

Reduce & Recycle

Consider whether you really need to keep entire issues of magazines. Instead of taking up valuable storage space with pages of advertising, carefully cut out articles and recipes that interest you. Store these in traditional file folders, or insert each article into a plastic page protector and insert into a three-ring binder. Files, page protectors and binders are available at office supply stores and discount stores. Recycle any parts of the magazine you decide not to keep.

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Bethany Seeley has been publishing articles since 2000 on topics relating to church history and theology. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Houghton College and a Master of Arts in church history from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She also loves art, cooking, gardening and books of all types.