Recipe organization

June 5, 2009 by

creativeFor this week’s GYCO over at The Creative Mama, I am totally stealing an idea I picked up from I’m An Organizing Junkie a few months back.   I have a file folder overflowing with recipes in the desk upstairs.  It contains clippings from magazines and newspapers, recipes I’m copied from the internet, recipes that I have printed off email and recipes people have given me.  I use recipes from that file all the time, but I didn’t have anyplace to store them in my kitchen.  I had been wanting to organize these recipes for quite a while, but I never thought I had the time.  This week, I decided that something needed to be done .  First, I found an old 3 ring binder  and a pack of sheet protectors we had in the office.


Next, I sorted my recipes into general catagories: main course, side dishes, salads, soups, appetizers, sweets.  Then, I just slipped the recipes into the sheet protectors.


It was soooo easy!  The whole project took me 20 minutes.  As usual, something that I put off because I thought it would take too much time actually took no time at all and will save me lots of time from here on out!  I haven’t put any tabbed divider sheets in yet.  I still have more recipes to put in.  I just ran out of sheet protectors.  Last night, I found some more at the dollar store, so I’ll be finishing up this afternoon or this evening.

Just another example to streamlining your life to make time for what’s most important!

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Comments (12)


  1. Erika says:

    I need to do that desperately! I have this recipe box that I keep all mine in but you should see me trying to find the recipes when I need them. I could even save room if I got rid of that irritating box! The lid won’t stay on and if I move it…well I’m taking a chance of them all falling on the floor! Where’s my to do list, I’ll add it to it!

    (Just kidding about the to do list, I need to add “make a to do list” to my mental to do list 🙂

    • Marci says:

      Erika- Great idea! My mom has an old recipe box that is in the the same condition as yours. I could put her recipes in a binder for her. Too bad I didn’t think of this for Mother’s Day!

  2. Isn’t it funny these “projects” we have on our to-do lists… we put them off, then once completed sort of sit back and chuckle at how EASY it was and how well worth it! 🙂

    I love this idea! I have WW recipes stranded all over my kitchen, I’d love to put them together in their own binder… weekend project for me! 🙂 TFS!

  3. Chele says:

    Awesome idea! You should see how long it takes me to find a recipe when we need it!!! So true that we put things like this off but once it’s done we wished we didn’t put it off for so long!! My reader and/or feedburner is all messed up. I didn’t even have a post in my reader from you today… I found out by going to listplanit! Here I go to figure out what in the world is wrong with my computer! Have a great weekend, Marci!!

  4. Chele says:

    Just got it… it is just slow! Go figure after I write all of the above! LOL!

  5. Erika says:

    It’s never too late to help your mama out! My husband’s granny used to give us little gifts throughout the year and she called them “I love you” gifts. I used to love to receive those, it was always such a great surprise. There’s a GREAT “I love you” gift for your mom :0

  6. Abbie says:

    this is a great project!! I love how the sheet protectors save your recipes from spills and splatters. Also, I don’t have a lot of space on my counter top, so I just take out my sheets and put it up on the fridge with a magnet so I can refer to it throughout the cooking process.

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