How To Organize Recipes: Ideas From Readers For Hall of Fame


Ever wondered how to organize recipes? Well, there are actually lots of different methods, and none of them are right, or wrong.


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All that really matters is that the method you choose for yourself is easy to start, and then to maintain.

Below I've created this hall of fame, with pictures of how readers have decided to organize their paper recipes, that they've worked on as part of Week #5 of the Organized Home Challenge.

{Please note if you're interested in organizing your recipes digitally I have a separate hall of fame for the at the link.}

If the ideas you see inspire you and you take on this project yourself, or you've got you've already got your own methods that you want to share, I encourage you submit your tips and pictures to the Home Organization Hall of Fame, and I'll add them to the page.

So, without further ado, scroll down to see all the pictures and ideas from readers as part of this Hall of Fame.

Photo courtesy of Lizi Beth

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Tracey's Organized Recipe Binder

by Tracey


Tracey sent me this picture of her new recipe she did as part of the challenge about how to organize recipes. Doesn't it look great?

Tracey says:

I got it on Amazon. It's $22 and made by Galison. I just cut out recipes from my favorite cookbooks and tape them on the paper inserts (then it slides into a clear protector).

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing your picture Tracey. I did a search on Amazon and found the binder you got (see the picture on the right).

Basically, this is one of many types of pre-made binders that you can buy if you don't want to create your own. The nice thing about this one, or similar pre-made binders, is they tend to already have the tabs created for you, with general categories of recipes, and come with page protectors, etc.

This is certainly one way to organize your recipes, or you can create your own binders or use a completely different method too. Below are even more examples and ideas.

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Creating A Recipe System For Tried And True Recipes And Those To Try

by Stephanie


Stephanie shared her picture on the Home Storage Solutions 101 Facebook wall.

Stephanie says:

Here is a picture of my new recipe system!!!! I love it!!!!

I should have taken a picture of before! But you probably can imagine what it used to look like!

I wanted to thank you for last weeks challenge of "Organizing your recipes". I finally stopped putting it off!

My recipes are finally organized and planning my two week meal plan was so easy!

Keep the challenges coming. I may finally get my household organized so I may better enjoy my family and life!!!!!!!!!

Taylor says:

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Stephanie, your system looks wonderful!

I like that you have a recipe organization system which utilizes recipe cards, in a recipe box, for those recipes you've already tried and know your family likes.

In addition, I see you've taken my suggestion to create an easy to use binder system to hold the recipes you've still not tried yet, but want to.

Thanks so much for sharing your "after" picture, and keep up the great work!

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Add Handwritten Notes To Recipe Binder To Know Who Loves What

by Crystal


Crystal from Crystal's Ramblings shared how she organized her family's favorite recipes in a binder.

I think Crystal had some great advice about how to best use your recipe binder. She says:

as we use recipes that we like, I add them to my binder. You may even notice in this one below there is a little note that says, "Rebecca loves!" I also write notes to myself if I don't like a recipe. I usually do this in the actual cookbook itself.

I think really individualizing and personalizing your recipes is the best way to organize them. That's because food is such a personal matter, and everyone's tastes are different. The more you can remember who likes what, or tweaks to the recipe you've made to make it more to your family's liking, the more useful your recipes will be.

In addition, your organized recipes will eventually become a treasured family keepsake, reminding your family of how much you loved and cared for them with something as simple as the food served.

***Update: After publishing this I got a comment from another reader, Lolli, who did something similar to personalize her recipe binder. Here's what she said:

Lolli's Reasons For Loving Binders With Page Protectors

After I began keeping my recipes in a binder I regretted that I hadn't started collecting this way my whole adult life.

With the recipe in the protective sheet I can take out all the recipes I will use for a particular event and put the binder away.

The recipe is protected from spills and tears.

Those recipes that do have spills and show wear are also in the binder and they provide me with memories from BEFORE I had the protective sheets.

BUT the best thing that I added to the binder in the protective sheets are menus from holiday dinners and special events like "Mexican Meal."

I can add notes as to what the guests enjoyed and either repeat or delete the items the next year.

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Scrapbook Of Recipes Family Likes + Special Book For Child With Allergies

by Jennifer @ Life of Reilly

Binder for recipes that family likes

Binder for recipes that family likes

Binder for recipes that family likes
Special recipes for child with allergies

Jennifer from Life of Reilly shared how she keeps her recipes.

She explained, "I have this 3 ring binder for any recipes that the family decides are keepers. I'll take pictures of the food and make a scrapbook page. Until they make it in the scrapbook I have a recipe box I keep them in."

Further, she also has a recipe book for one of her children. She explained, "I have a 4 year old who is a very picky eater and has food allergies, so he has his own recipe book. . . . Anyone can pick up this book and know what he can/will eat for breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks.

I used lunch paper bags for the inside pages so as I find recipes for food he will/can eat, I can easily put it on an index card and insert it into the paper bag for that section."

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Finally Organized My Recipes!

by Jackie
(Appleton, WI)





Jackie says:

Thank you so much for the recipe challenge last week! I started that project over a year ago, and ever since they have been sitting in a bag in our office. I finally had the motivation to finish copying and sorting them into a binder.

I have sections for:
  • Breakfast
  • recipe categories

  • Soups, salads and sides

  • Main dishes

  • Sweets

  • Dips, Appetizers, and Misc.; and

  • Drinks
Within there, I put tabs on our family favorites so they are easier to find.

Main dishes were sorted with chicken together, fish, pork, etc.

I kept a pen and extra tabs with the binder for making notes and marking new favorites.

The dividers have pockets to stash new recipes in the right place until I can copy them and get them in the binder.

I also recycled about 8-10 cook books that had been handed down to me that I finally admitted I would never use. Feels great to finally have this done!!

Taylor says:

Thanks so much for sharing these great pictures with me Jackie.

I am especially loving your idea to use divider tabs with folder pockets in them! (such as the ones on the right). That's absolutely brilliant, and I can see how that would make it easier to save the recipes in the right spot until you had time to add them to the binder properly!

I also like how you've kept your supplies for your recipe binder close at hand so when you need to add a new recipe you can do it quickly and easily, without having to search throughout the house for the supplies. This, all by itself, should help you keep your recipes more organized from now on, since it will be easier to do the one recipe as it comes up.

Great job, and please send me more updates from other challenges when you've completed them too!

Are You Inspired To Get Organized Now?

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You've seen some great ideas and storage solutions from other readers who've taken on Week #5's organizing challenge.

I hope these ideas have inspired you to get your own paper recipes in order. If it has, I would also urge you to join the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge where over the course of the year we tackle every room and major type of item in your home to get everything decluttered and organized.

In addition, if you decide to tackle this particular challenge I would love for you to share your before and after pictures with me for the Home Organization Hall of Fame, and I'll add them to the site.

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I use a binder
by: Patti

I've been doing this for a few years now and love it. So much easier to find a recipe then looking through those little recipe boxes.

I use several binders
by: Bonnie

I keep mine in binders labeled, baked main dishes, baked desserts, baked side dishes, stovetop main dishes, stovetop desserts, stovetop side dishes, etc., etc., etc.

Love the Way she Included the Pen in Binder!
by: K E

I've been searching for an easy way to include a pen in my minder, and the binder clip is genius! Thanks!

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