My Favorite Home & Organization Magazines

Do you subscribe to any magazines?

We haven’t for years (since I ended my sub to Creating Keepsakes scrapbooking mag about 4 years ago). But, after visiting Jim’s family over Christmas and flipping through the pages of my mother-in-law’s Better Homes & Gardens and Country Living magazines, I became excited to start "reading" again.

Those who know me, know that I can’t stand to sit down with a good book and just read. I’m far too impatient for that.

I must always be multi-tasking.

So, magazines are a great way to broaden my mind and explore various creative ideas — while watching TV, playing with the dogs, cooking, etc. at the same time.


Anyway, I found a couple of great websites for cheap magazine subscriptions ( and, and I opted for the following magazine subscriptions:

Better Homes & Gardens (…a little bit of creativity intermixed with a lot of practical use ideas.)

Consumer Reports (…nothin’ but the facts, man! Reviews of all sorts of household products.)

The company I decided to buy from ( was running a "special" — buy 2 mags, get 1 free — so I got Jim a subscription to INC. (one of his favorites about running a small business.)


Other Magazines I’d Like To Subscribe To

If I find that I’m able to:
a) find the time to go through these magazines; and
b) enjoy "reading" again, then I’m hoping to add to my magazine collection.

Currently, these are my favorites:

  • Real Simple – Neat and clean; Great tips for general home organization.
  • Consumer Guide – I’m a junkie for factual data, so here’s another mag filled with consumer product reviews.
  • Country Living – My tastes are far from "country", but this mag has great decorating & organizational tips. I was surprised by how much "non-country" info was in it!
  • House Beautiful – Even more interesting home decorating ideas.
  • Southern Living – Believe it or not, I like this one for the recipes and random tips.
  • Everyday Food – I organize and save all the recipes others have given me (or recipes for foods I’ve tried at others’ houses) in a program called MasterCook. I’m searching for some new EASY recipes, and this mag looks like it’s right up my alley!
  • Budget Living – our budgeting spreadsheets say that we’ll be completely out of dept (except for our mortgage) very soon! In addition to programs like Quicken and shopping at places like Goodwill, tips from magazines like this one have paved the way for us.


UPDATE: Home Improvement & Log Home Building Magazines

Since we’ve started the process of building a new log home, I’m mostly interested in the following magazines these days:

Log Home Living Magazine

Country’s Best Log Homes Magazine

Family Handyman

Log Homes Illustrated Magazine

Timber Home Living Magazine

This Old House Magazine


Other home-related books or mags I’m currently interested in:


Updated list of my favorite house & home magazines for home organizing, de-cluttering and decorating tips.

Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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