I have been using binders for a while to organize my recipes, but I have been using a few different binders. Last week, I finally decided to tackle a project that I had been thinking about — I put everything into one large binder together.
To start the process, with Eric, I went through all of the recipes that I had in the binders. We pulled out all of the recipes that we didn’t actually like, some that were duplicates, and then any that I pulled out of magazines (or the like) at some point because I thought we would try it, but we now know that we will just never try it. This step alone cleared out a lot of recipes.
I had originally had things organized into the following categories: (1) Tips and Ideas, (2) Main Dishes, (3) Salads and Sides, (4) Desserts, (5) Main Dishes to Try, (6) Salads and Sides to Try, and (7) Desserts to Try.
Here’s the problem with all of these “to try” sections. While it was nice to have those tried and true recipes all together, I also realized that I was hardly ever going into the “to try” sections.
I moved everything I had from 1 inch binders into a 2 inch binder (which is plenty big, especially after culling through the recipes).
This time, however, I put all of the “to try” recipes that we kept in with the tried and true recipes. And, I also broke up the sections into what I thought would be more helpful for me. I could still break them down more, but I think what I have for now is broken down enough for my purpose.
My new categories are: (1) Tips and Ideas (this includes things like a grilling chart and a sheet of ideas for kids’ snacks), (2) Appetizers, (3) Breakfast, (4) Main Dishes, (5) Salads and Sides, (6) Breads, (7) Desserts, and (8) Scanned Recipes.
On a side note, the “scanned recipes” is a section of color scans that I did of an old magnetic photo album that my Mom put together of all kinds of handwritten recipes from family and friends, as well as newspaper clippings, etc.
I just love having my recipes in binders, and it’s great to have them all in the same binder now!
Now…if I didn’t just have an entire bookshelf of cookbooks, I might be even more organized!