Years ago I started a recipe binder to keep my favorite recipes in one place. I filled the binder with clear, plastic binder sleeves in which I could easily slip the recipes. It has worked marvelously for me.
You can see by the worn label and nasty remnants of past ingredients that I have used this recipe folder a lot.
I have gathered recipes that I love from my mom and others and slipped them in the clear sleeves. If I find a recipe in a magazine that looks good, I rip it out, stick it in the front pocket of the binder cover until I try it. If I like the recipe, it goes into a sleeve. If I visit a friend and I love the shortcake she is serving I get the recipe and stick it in the binder sleeve.
When I started this system, I just wanted to have favorite recipes together and easily accessible. I didn’t care about categorizing them. However, as the binder has grown it is becoming annoying flipping through the book to find a particular recipe.
This is demonstrated by the Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe next to the Easy Cinnamon Rolls.
So…Project #7 in Attacking My Home 1 Project At A Time is Declutter the Recipe Binder. You can see all my projects so far in the Summer Project Series.
I must confess this project was completed primarily by my 15 year old son. He has been working for me around the house this summer. I do pay him a meager wage for these additional jobs apart from his normal responsibilities, like unloading the dishwasher. Sorry, Nate, no coin for that chore. (Hip mom lingo.)
Nathan did a good job organizing the binder, although he refused to be photographed. 🙂 He used our END CLTR 7-step organizing process. Read more about END CLTR here. Our process worked smashingly. (Un-hip mom lingo.)
Empty the recipe binder and begin sorting into like piles one recipe at a time.
2. NAME PILES
Nathan named his piles with a Sharpie and Post It Notes as he sorted.
Decide what to keep and what to throw away. I had some scraps of paper that didn’t belong. For the most part everything was kept because this binder is full of my favorite recipes.
My recipes were all in clear, plastic sleeves which can easily be wiped off. The sleeves are contained in the binder.
Label the categories. Soup/Salad, Desserts, Drinks, Cookies/Bars, etc. Nathan used folder tabs and my label maker. I’m not sure LeBron James is a category but it may have been printed out for his own amusement and to annoy his mother.
Test the system. I am sure I am going to love having the recipes categorized. I will test out the categorized system for at least two weeks.
Revisit the system. I may want to add or change a category after testing the newly organized binder for a period of time.
Wow! My recipes are organized! Thanks, Nathan! I will probably be taking the binder out of the cabinet to gaze at it over the next few days. Nathan; however, has moved on. I’m betting his Xbox is a little more gaze-worthy for him.
Tracy’s definition of organization is “finding things when you need them.” My recipe folder is not pretty. My magazine tearing skills could be improved but hey, it works for me AND my family. We all know where to go to find Grandma’s Fudge Brownie recipe in her very own handwriting. Love that.
Do you have a summer project that your teenager or you could tackle this week? I would love to see what you are doing to knock out some projects that just need to get done.
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