If you’re like me and you love collecting recipes, it might be time to go through them and create some sort of system. Here’s one idea for how to organize recipes.
Oh, I just love recipes. In fact, I collect them. I pin them and print them and keep the ones scribbled down on cute recipe cards and passed down from grandmas and aunts and friends.
Ever since I learned how to cook in my teen years, I’ve had a fascination with recipes.
But sometimes, when you collect too many, you end up with a pile like this:
Actually, that’s only a small portion of the pile. It was a lot bigger than this before I sorted through them. 🙂
I don’t think I’ll ever be a “paperless organization” type of girl. For some reason I just enjoy paper, and holding something tangible in my hand. I like the idea of minimalism and less clutter, but I just can’t get rid of all the paper.
But I did need to do something about my recipes. Even though I’ve made several cookbook binders through the years, and most of my recipes were in binders already, I decided to consolidate them all into one big binder.
And did you notice that my binder has our name on it? I came across a 40% off sale here and decided it was the perfect time to get my recipes in order. I love that it’s personalized and washable!
How to Organize Recipes
1. First, gather your supplies.
Here are the supplies you’ll need to get your recipes organized:
- 3-ring binder (I chose to make a custom binder, but any binder will do. I got the 2″ size.)
- Sheet protectors
- 4×6 Photo pages
- Index tabs
- The Well-Ordered Kitchen Planner printables
I already had everything except the binder, so that made this project fairly simple. The only thing I needed to do in preparation was to print off the Well-Ordered Kitchen printables I was planning to use.
I love this collection of kitchen printables! It’s perfect for organizing your recipes and it’s also helpful for meal planning and pantry organization!
2. Gather your recipes.
This includes full-size pages printed from websites, traditional recipe cards, and pages torn from magazines.
I wanted everything to be in one place to help with meal planning, so I even photocopied the recipes I use on a regular basis and put those in the binder.
3. Put everything in the binder.
This part is the most fun. After printing the category divider pages onto cardstock, I slipped each one into a sheet protector. Then I added the index tabs to the side of each sheet protector.
I use the 4×6 photo pages for the recipe cards. Just slip each one into a pocket and you’re done!
I love having a section for freezer meals and slow cooker recipes.
I enjoy cooking for the freezer whenever I have time (and my favorite source for freezer recipes is the MyFreezEasy plan—check it out here!).
In the front I have a list of family favorite meals (I’m still adding to that), menu planning forms, pantry and freezer inventory, and grocery list sheets (from The Well-Planned Kitchen).
Since I put all of my recipes in this one binder, it is thick. The 2″ binder size was perfect for this project.
Ahh, another one of my 2017 goals accomplished!
How do you organize your recipes? Do you prefer paper or digital organizing?