Organizing Recipes: Paper & Digital

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Organizing Recipes: Paper & Digital

Organizing recipes can be challenging because you may have recipes in a variety of cookbooks, on index cards, on loose paper, or stored digitally on your computer or on a website.    Recipes can often add to the paper clutter in a kitchen.  Creating an organized recipe collection will streamline your grocery shopping, meal planning and cooking, saving you time and stress each day.  Getting your recipes organized is a time-consuming task.  Here are some of my tips on recipe organization.

Tips for Organizing Recipes:

Start by Decluttering Recipes

Gather all of your cookbooks and recipes together, and start by decluttering those you do not like or never use.  Reducing the overall amount of books and paper from the start will make the process so much easier.

Decide How You Want to Store Paper Recipes

The way you store your paper recipes is a personal choice.  Decide what works best for you, and stick with that one method.  Here are some options:

Determine One Place to Store All Paper Recipes

Choose a certain cabinet, drawer or shelf, in your kitchen, or close to it, to store this collection of recipes.  Once you’ve gathered them all together, and ecluttered and organized them, you will have a better idea of how much storage space is needed.

Digital Recipe Storage

You may decide it is the time to go digital with all of your recipes.  In that case, scan the paper recipes you use, and save them digitally.  You could store digital recipes on a folder on your computer, on Google Drive or in Evernote.

Retrieve Recipes Online

Search online and save recipes you like by using Pinterest boards, or bookmarking webpages and storing them in clearly labeled bookmark folders on your browser.

Use Apps on Your Phone or Tablet

Evernote is a great way to access recipes digitally.  Recipe specific phone apps such as Paprika or Cheftap are also great options.

Whether you use paper or digital storage methods, or a mix of the two, if your recipes are disorganized, it will be hard to make the meals you love.  If you need assistance with organizing your recipe collection, On Task Organizing is here to help.  We offer in-person organizing services in the Raleigh, NC area, and virtual organizing services elsewhere.  Contact us to get started on a plan to organize your recipe collection.

By | 2017-08-28T15:34:38+00:00 September 13th, 2017|kitchen, Paper Management, recipes|3 Comments

17 Reasons to Organize Your Kitchen

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17 Reasons to Organize Your Kitchen

Many of my blog posts are about how to get organized in various areas.  Today, I’d like to explore WHY to get organized.  Let’s talk about your kitchen, one of the most high traffic areas of your home.  WHY will an organized kitchen help lower stress and save you time and money?

17 Reasons to Organize Your Kitchen

1. Organizing creates open spaces and improved functionality in all areas of the kitchen.

2. Recipes become easier to access.

3. Ingredients can be found faster in your fridge, pantry or cabinets.

4. Organized countertops create more space for chopping and mixing ingredients.

5. The cooking process moves more smoothly with easy to access pots, pans, cooking utensils and appliances.

6. Meal planning can be streamlined if you can quickly do an inventory of your kitchen before writing a meal plan and going grocery shopping.

7. Dishwashing can be faster with organized cabinets resulting in a better process for unloading the dishwasher.

8. Setting the table can be easier with better organized drawers and cabinets.

9. Packing lunches will be simpler with snacks and other lunch ingredients better organized.

10. You will save time on your morning routine with a coffee station that contains the coffee machine, cups and coffee all in one place.

11. Less stuff means less items to store and maintain.

12. You’ll spend less time searching for items in your kitchen.

13. You will save money by not re-buying items you already own, but cannot find.

14. You’ll reduce cleaning time with organized kitchen cleaning supplies and fewer items on your counters.

15. Mail will become easier to process mail with an organized drop zone.

16. An organized kitchen drop zone also means no more lost keys or wallets.

17. A kitchen charging station can keep your phones, tablets and computers charged and prevent them from getting lost.

By | 2017-02-27T13:16:29+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|kitchen, organizing, pantry, recipes|0 Comments

10 Meal Planning Tips to Save Time and Money

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10 Meal Planning Tips to Save Time & Money

Organized meal planning can help you in many ways.  You can save time and money by making fewer trips to the grocery store, and being able to easily access your recipes and ingredients.  Dinner time is a particularly hectic time for most families. These tips and resources can help you streamline your meal planning process.

Organize Recipes

Declutter old cookbooks and recipes you dislike. Gather recipes in an organized way using a recipe rolodex, binders, folders or flagged cookbook pages.  If you prefer digital recipes, scan your favorites, or set up organized digital folders or online bookmarks.

Use Digital Recipe Apps

All Recipes

Big Oven

Paprika 

Designate a Recipe Area

Create just one area to go to when you need a recipe.  This can be in your kitchen, dining room, somewhere near the kitchen, or on your laptop or tablet.

Involve Your Family in Meal Planning  

If you feel overwhelmed, you can delegate a part of meal planning to another family member as a chore.  Some chores that children can help with are selecting recipes, searching the kitchen for ingredients, writing the grocery list, gathering coupons, checking the weekly grocery sales, assisting you with grocery shopping, or unloading the groceries.  If you give other family members ownership in these activities, it can help build teamwork skills.

Use a Shared Calendar 

Use a shared family wall calendar or a shared online calendar.  This will help track your family’s schedule around dinner time to determine if there will be time to cook and eat a full meal.  Knowing your family’s schedule can help you plan for days when you need to eat on the go, have a crockpot meal ready, or eat leftovers.   Choosing nights for dinner out can also be a part of your meal planning.

Take an Inventory of Ingredients

Once meals are chosen, check your kitchen for the ingredient and add anything you do not have to your grocery list.

Monitor Grocery Store Sales

For more savings, plan your meals while looking at the current week’s grocery sales.  Choose meals containing ingredients that are on sale that week.

Make a Grocery List

Have notepad or a dry erase board on the fridge or wall so you can easily add items to the grocery list.

Collect Paper Coupons

Clip coupons from your Sunday paper, and use a coupon organizer or a 3-ring binder with baseball card holder insert pages to organize your paper coupons.

Use Apps & Websites to Help with Grocery Shopping & Coupons

Apps such as Grocery IQ can help with your shopping, and websites such as coupons.com or southernsavers.com can provide you with printable coupons or details on grocery store discounts.