stephmodo: Organizing Tip #8

Organizing Tip #8

• 10 March 2008

(per Aby Garvy at Organize Magazine)

Gather all your recipes, be they index cards, print outs, or pages out of a magazine. Organize them by type (breakfast, appetizers, etc.) and put them inside clear page protectors. Place in a binder and divide the recipes with inexpensive dividers.

I've done this and I cannot express how much easier it is to be motivated to cook when I know I can find what I need when I need it. While cooking, if something splatters on my "cookbook", no worries, my recipes are in page protectors. It's simple and not super glam but it does the trick. Every year I go through my recipe binder and take out recipes I didn't like or wasn't interested in making anymore.

Here is a tutorial, which is excellent, but can definitely be simplified. Truly, you will only need the following supplies:

* a binder; I bought mine at Office Max but when I made one for Jenny for the Organizing Swap, I purchased a more stylish American Crafts Modern Album.

* clear page protectors (don't spend extra $ on non-glare)

* dividers

All of these things can be found at Office Max. Place a pretty picture in the front of the binder and perhaps a cute label on the side to enhance it a little bit. This is a fun, easy, and completely do-able project for anyone who finds herself challenged in the recipe-organization department. It will take you an hour max from start to finish. Once the kids are down, go for it! Or, while they are making a craft during the day perhaps this could be your "craft"??


#1 Make your bed each day
#2 Clean out your closet (take out everything not worn in past 12 months)
#3 Clear off kitchen counter tops (remove anything you don't use 2x weekly)
#4 Clean out your car
#5 Unclutter your mind--start writing thoughts down right away to relieve stress
Find ways to organize in one minute or less (purse, drawer, etc.)
Place a pretty dish on dresser tops and nightstands to collect jewelry, loose change, and pocket paraphernalia.


  1. this is how I have my recipes and I love it!
    My grandma actually made one for all of the grandkids one year for Christmas and put all of her recipes in it. Priceless!
    Also, now every year for Christmas we print out and put in a page protectors any recipes we found over the year that we enjoyed and exchange them with one another. It's been a lot of fun.

  2. Hi steph! Still loving my recipe binder you made me - thanks again! I also have the same post on my site - great minds think alike - or great minds finally got around to reading the latest issue of Organize Magazine!

    xo, J :)

  3. Jenny, Seriously? That is so random! I'll have to check out your post. So glad you love your binder!

  4. I love this idea. I made one a few years ago and it's worked great. I used images from a culinary calendar for the page dividers and sectioned it into seasons for the dinner menus and then into breakfast, salads, desserts, etc. And make sure to include a pocket for take-out menus!

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  6. Paper Source paper, no less!
    Lovely idea!

  7. Thank you, thank you! I've been wanting to do this for some time now but keep putting it off for one reason or another. I thought this may be a good way to organize but seeing yours convinces me. Thank you for the motivation! I can't wait to finally only have one place to go to find recipes I've scribbled down or torn out of magazines.


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