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:
- A cookbook shelf with flagged pages for the recipes you use.
- A recipe box with index cards
- A binder system
- A recipe accordion file
- A recipe file box or drawer
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.
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