You have no books in those piles (right?) Imagine your pile, and throw in about 3 months of EW, Esquire and THRs. And that's the mess next to my bed.
Yeah, the magazines have their own pile on the kitchen table. But I've gotten into a routine the last month or so of taking the non-current magazines to the library's used bookstore. So, ONLY the most recent issues are there now.