Organize and Declutter 2012: How To Organize Your Recipes



I love collecting and trying new recipes.  Compared to some I have a modest collection, but remembering which magazine or cookbook a certain recipe is in has become nearly impossible. 

I canceled the magazine subscriptions several years ago, but discovered that the internet has an amazing collection of free recipes.  And now if only I could find the recipes that I need:





It was past time to get organized!  Since the binder worked so well for organizing our bills, I decided to use the binder to organize my recipes as well.  Here's what I used to organize my recipes:

Supplies:
cardstock
3-ring binder
page protectors
hole punch
Post-It Notes {optional}
file folders or page dividers





1.  I started by punching holes in the file folders with a hole punch.  I used an old folder as a guide for where to punch the holes.  Regular page dividers could be used as well.






2.  Since I wasn't sure how I wanted to label the different sections, I used Post-It Notes for a temporary label.  When I am sure that I have the sections that I need, I will add more permanent labels.






3.  I put all the recipes in page protectors which will help keep spills and splatters from the recipe pages.  I slid a piece of cardstock behind the recipes that were less than a full page.  It keeps the recipe behind it from showing through and makes the recipe page stand out.






4.   There are many recipes that I haven't tried yet and to keep them separate, I put these recipes in the file folders.  A regular folder could also be used.






5.  I love these free recipe reference pages from iheart organizing!  If you have a several cookbooks and/or cooking magazines, these printables make it so easy to find favorite recipes.   I printed one page for each type of magazine, put them in page protectors and put them in the front of the binder. 




How do you organize your recipes?

18 comments:

4you-withlove said...

Great organizing idea!

Michelle @ Michelles Tasty Creations said...

Hi Vanessa,

I just wanted to tell you that I'm awarding you the Versatile Blogger Award over on my blog today. Have a great week.
Hugs,
Michelle

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Great idea! I have some recipes in a binder like this, but use my computer mostly now for copying recipes into a folder. Love both ways!

Ginny @ OrganizingHomelife.com said...

Vanessa, this looks great! I also have a huge stash of "favorite" recipes. I love how you organized them. :)

Vanessa said...

Lois, I was saving recipes on my computer too, but started saving recipes in several places {allrecipes, pinterest, favorites} and I was having trouble finding where certain recipes were. It was making me crazy! I love having everything in a binder on the shelf.

Vanessa said...

Thanks, Ginny. It is definitely a work in progress. I still have several recipes to add to the references pages, but so far this system is working out very well.

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

This is great--I like the idea to do a reference page. I have my recipes in sheet protectors in a binder, but I'm overdue to go through and organize again!

Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello!

Amy

Chatty Chics said...

Oh! Such a great idea! I love using the pages to protect the recipes so they don't get food spattered all over them! Fabulous!
Melody
One Chatty Chic

Jenn said...

This looks so nice! Great idea with the "family favorites" page too, I'll have to print that one out so I don't always have to go through my big stack of cookbooks :P

Found you through Simple Mom :0)

Vanessa said...

Jenn, I love those reference pages! Makes it so much easier to find things. Thanks for visiting.

Dottie said...

Oh I am so pinning this idea! I've made a binder before for loose recipes but i never thought to have a recipe reference page to find the magazine or cookbook a particular recipe was in! Awesome!

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

I'm not much of a cook, but I did start a groovy binder like this a while back. Too bad I now print things and don't put them in the binder.

You are a sweet little inspiration this morning, I'll get on that!

Kristina said...

Currently I don't... know that's not entirely true, but my system needs work. Half of our cookbooks are in storage for now. the ones we have access too.. well 50% of those stay in the cabinet, we aren't using them right now, but they are there if we need them. The rest if they aren't being used for the current months menu they are in a bag under my desk. I also have my recipe book in here... I am slowly converting our favorites into this book. But I like your binder idea too, plus its bigger, easier to see. Thanks for the printout links, I needed both of those.

Vanessa said...

I'm so glad it was helpful!

Easy Food Recipes said...

Nice Book :) Very Helpful

Nutrition said...

Add one more header in that book . . which is nutrition data . . .

donna said...

I have several recipe books and some Taste of Home magazines that I don't want to get rid of. I made an index sheet for my household binder that lists the name of the recipe book or magazine, the page numbers of the recipes I like from that book and the recipe name. Very easy to find my recipes when I need one.

Vanessa said...

Donna, I was cutting out favorite recipes from magazines until I noticed those reference pages from iheart organizing. Your index sheets sound similar to those and it is a great way to look up recipes quickly and keep them organized.