Bringing order to chaos through organization gives me a singular thrill. Weird, I know.
My latest project has been gaining some sort of control over my recipes. I print them off the Internet, clip them from magazines and receive them handwritten on recipe cards from friends. The system I had was working okay; just a square woven basket with homemade dividers (created from envelopes) and a collection of 3×5 or 4×6 cards, 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper, and everything from small clipped squares to full-page magazine articles.
My goal was to be able to easily access a recipe for cooking and have a setup that allowed me to quickly browse through it when I’m menu planning for the week.
I bought a 1 1/2-inch binder, a set of dividers and a package of page protectors from Target. I paid a little more to get a pink binder; having my recipes in the cheaper white or black version seemed just a bit too utilitarian.
I’m not done yet, but I already love this new system! It’s so easy to find the recipe I’m looking for and I’m not afraid to leave the binder open on the counter while I’m cooking since the actual page is covered with plastic so splatters won’t damage it. (I also tend to make notes on my recipes, so this way they are preserved as well.)
There are quite a few recipes that I still need to type and print; I also want to design a nice cover that I can slip under the plastic on the front of the binder. I figure I’ll spend about $12-15 total on the supplies (not counting the cost of the paper and ink to print the recipes). I’m already wondering if I’ll need to upgrade to a 2 or 3 inch binder later if this one begins to bulge.
Here’s where I need help. I’m constantly finding new recipes I want to try. These don’t deserve a “home” in the binder until I’ve made them and determined if they’re “keepers.” Do you have an idea for organizing those loose recipes?
My husband mentioned skipping paper all together and storing my recipes on the computer, but I just can’t make that step yet!
So how do you organize your recipes?