If you're like me, you know some magazines are far too valuable to throw out or cut up. Even for your idea file. Every picture is a great idea. Every article is super informative. You'd as soon throw out your wedding pictures than part with a single issue.
And if you don't save magazines, you can stop reading now.
Anywho, you end up with an annoyed husband and bookshelves looking like this because you've subscribed to Martha Stewart Living since you were 16.
Eh, some things are worth it. But, at times, it's difficult to collect all the creative inspiration you need for a season or holiday. So this is what I do.
Rather than order the back issues by year, January-December, I group them by month. That way, when I'm ready to decorate and prepare for the 4th of July, I just go to that section and grab all of my July issues. I save myself from picking out single issues from the past 10+ years, and replacing them is a snap.
Try it. You may like it.