In the bottom of my pantry lays a pile of cookbooks, sheets torn out of magazines, computer print-outs and other recipe or food-related information. I don't use the cookbooks that much, but I am a magazine tear sheet junkie! I see something I like in a magazine, and I tear it out - recipes, design ideas, things to buy, even the color of a wall in an ad.
So I decided to start organizing these sheets. I started with the recipes. We are creatures of habit at our house. We tend to eat the meals we really like over and over again. So for the recipes I don't have memorized, I have to dig through the pile and find the magazine sheet/computer paper/scrap it's on. So I bought a binder and took all of the recipes that we like the most and eat the most, punched holes in them and put them in the binder.
I tabbed them out according to what they are - breakfast, lunch/dinner and dessert. I will get more detailed the more recipes I collect such as breads, soups and side dishes. But for now, this works. In the front pocket I stashed other info I need - quick kids' lunch ideas, my handy "What to buy organic" list, my superfoods list and my basic shopping list of things that never change week to week.
After taking a break from organizing I couldn't resist taking a peak into the new Better Homes & Gardens magazine that came in the mail the other day. And look what I saw! Good to know there are other like-minded binder lovers out there!!
My next binder project will be my design binder that has fabric samples of our furniture and curtains, paint chips from every room and wood/metal finishes that we have. This will be a much smaller binder I can fit into my bag when I shop. It will also have a list of must-have items for the house and the dimensions I have to work with. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect cabinet to replace the ugly wire shoe rack we're using!!