First consider cutting up your magazines and idea books, and only saving the ideas that you really plan to use. Magazines and idea books only sit on you shelves, they aren't really useful. It can take hours to go through your books to find the one layout you remember. Having your ideas in a condensed form, arranged in a way that makes sense to you is much more effective. If you are able to cut up your magazines, here are some ideas for arranging them:
- theme (holidays, birthday, babies, pets, travel etc)
- number of photos used in the layout
- journaling ideas
Now that you've decided how to arrange them, where to store them? A few ideas:
- a composition book or some other kind of sketchbook: you can sketch in here and adhere page ideas into it It's also portable, so you can take it with you to crops!
- an index card box: adhere your ideas to index cards
- idea file folders. Place your ideas inside file folders and label the index tab. Store in a portable file box. Add catagories as needed.
Okay, you have decided you are NOT cutting up your magazines.
PURGE: Trash the TOSS pile. Arrange immediate drop-off or pick-up of the DONATE pile. Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile.
ASSIGN: sort your magazines/books by title/date of issue, and consider storing your books and magazines down low due to their weight.
CONTAINERIZE: store in boxes or magazine holders.
EQUALIZE: Consider getting varied colours of post-it flags, and setting up categories for ideas. Each time you get a new book or magazine, flag the pages you like according to your system, so that you an easily see from the outside of your books which one might have an idea applicable to the project you are working on.
Only one week left . . . how's your space looking now?