Thursday, July 14, 2011

Project Kitchen Organization: Recipe? What recipe?

I will be the first to admit that I went a little crazy with the nesting when I was pregnant with my last princess. I was like a mad woman with the crazy look in her eye and all. My family simply stepped to the side and let me do my thing. (Often stepping over piles of containers, bags and bins)

After the baby I found the organization very useful and effective and am thankful that I got it all done. I thought I would take the next couple of weeks to go through and share some of the things that worked really well. Happy Organizing!!

I had a recipe problem. I had one whole drawer of any recipe that I had run across in the last 5 years that looked halfway good. In this cabinet was whole magazines, inserts and chicken scratch notes that I could stuff in one place.

I won't even go into what would happen if one would open the door...ahem.

It took a good week but I went through each and every bit. I found that half the recipes were not practical now that we were a family of five. ( Poached pears? I don't think so...maybe when we retire :) ) I felt awesome with what was left because now I actually had things that I wanted, could and would make!

For my loose recipes, I found that I prefer the recipe books. They have handy pages that can be whole pages for bigger recipes and then index card sectioned pages for the cards and smaller recipes.

My favorite part about this cabinet, however is the recipes for the week area on the door.

I took a cheap file folder and cut it in half. I then taped it up on the cabinet that held the recipes and I place all the recipes for the week there.( I should have used double sided tape to make it look a little cleaner but I was in crazed nesting mode!)

Its so easy when I menu plan to pull them right then and there and that way I have them!!

((I am linking up this week to I'm an Organizing Junkie!!))


Elizabeth@ReadySetSimplify said...

It's so nice when you find something that works for you! I have some recipe files that I really need to go through.

I came over through the Org Junkie link-up. :-)

Marsha S said...

I had the kids help me cut out all the recipes I had copied or printed out. We pasted them to other paper, and put then in page protectors in a 3 ring binder. As we've tried recipes that we really liked I put them in an index by page in the front so that we can easily find them again.

Carol said...

I have mine in a photo ablum. I like your cabinet you use for all your cookbooks.
Happy Organizing!