Many of us collect recipes and articles out of magazines at our gym, doctor’s office, or in the quiet of our own homes. While browsing magazines, we find recipes that we think we will want to make someday or articles that we want to read again or share with others. This blog post will explain how you can organize your recipes, but the principle applies basically to any magazine clipping or printed web article.This solution will help you to de-clutter many of the spaces in your home. With the use of sheet protectors and a binder, you can keep your clippings clean and handy too.
1- Gather all of your recipes together.
2- Start to sort them out using the suggested categories below. You can also create your own categories that work best for you. The categories we suggest are:
- Soups & Salads
- Main Dishes
3-After you sort your recipes based on the categories mentioned above, start sorting out each pile in to smaller subcategories. You can then sort them by alphabetic order or type of food. The subcategories we suggest are:
- Subcategories: Hot, Cold
Category: Soups & Salads
- Subcategories: Soup, Salad
Category: Main dishes
- Subcategories: Beef, Fish, Pork, Poultry, Vegetarian
- Subcategories: Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Other
4- Once you know how many pages you have, visit your local office supply store and purchase a binder, tabbed dividers, and the appropriate amount of sheet protectors.
5- Make a tab for each category so that they stand out and are easy to read. Use brightly colored labeled sheets of paper to separate the subcategories.
6- Put full-page recipes in individual sheet protectors making sure that the entire recipe is exposed. Smaller recipes will need to be attached to a full sheet of paper using tape, staples, or glue. This way you can put many recipes back to back in one sheet protector.
7- Insert the sheet protectors into the binder behind the proper tab which you already determined and created.
8- Label the binder itself using your creativity to spunk it up as much as you want. Store it with the rest of your cookbooks or display it proudly in your kitchen.
1- If you have a bigger collection of these types of recipes, you can use more than one binder. Just assign one binder to each main category.
2- You can divide the categories even further in the following way.
- Main Dishes 1: Beef & Fish
- Main Dishes 2: Pork, Poultry & Vegetarian
3- Use a label maker to print your tabs in one easy step. They will be so easy to read!