This may be obvious to some, but maybe not. One of my pet peeves is magazines fanned out so every one can be seen. Practical maybe, but messy looking, yes. I love magazines, but hate them to look disorderly, so one of the easiest ways to clean them up and have them actually be a design element in the room, is to stack them perfectly with the spine out. This way people can read them, but they also are visually appealing and neat and tidy. And it's even better when they have all white spines...a little OCD, but it makes me happy.