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Organization System For Recipes

Over the weekend a reader asked me how I organize and store recipes I clip from magazines.  I have a stepwise system that seems to work for me so I thought I would share it with you.

One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning is to sit down in my pajamas with a cup of coffee, browse through food and style magazines, and clip inspiring images and recipes. 

I store recipes in a clear folders and I use the same system for fashion/style inspiration, and my receipts. I would prefer to display a few items of interest and inspiration on a board but I have not found a cute inspiration board yet for my home office. Any recommendations?

I keep the folders next to my stack of unread magazines and pull the recipes when I am in the mood to try something new.

Once I try a recipe and like it enough to make it again it goes right into this recipe book, a gift given to me years ago at my wedding shower.  I admit sometimes my clear folder gets full so I end up taking the clipped recipes and inserting them into the front pocket of the binder until I decide to either make the recipe or discard it.

I like to use top loading clear sheet protectors so the actual recipe page remain clean and so I can easily wipe the sheet protector if necessary.  I also like the flexibility of removing the recipe from the protector if I want to jot down additional notes.

I store my recipe book in the kitchen with a few of my other favorite cookbooks. My recipe book is simple and basic but somehow it has become one my favorite books. It might be because the book is full of wonderful culinary secrets from friends and family combined with my own cooking adventures. Or maybe it is because this is the kind of book I can pass down to Ariyana one day.

Reader Comments (9)

Okay. So you're a million times more organized than me. I have a binder with family recipes typed in it (a Christmas present from my mom years ago) and I handwrite or type other absolute FAVORITES that I develop or find online or in magazines and stick them in there… But Pinterest has been a big replacer for me. It's bad… I need to take on this project stat.
xo Josie

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJosie

this is such a smart idea! i always end up destroying recipes by covering them in gook while cooking, this is super organized and so sweet to pass onto your daughter!
in dramatic fashion

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

love this post! more tips like this please!!!

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkacie

please can you let me know where your magazine racks and plastic folders are from? I am really inspired now o get my recipes organized =)

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkacie

this is so funny naina. i was actually going to ask you the same thing when i saw your pic on instagram… & then i got all excited when i saw your post yesterday. i have yet to come up with a organization system for clipped recipes and i have been doing a horrible job of actually sitting down and looking through my HUGE pile of magazines. i started to go through a couple (non food mags) and started pulling out clippings for ideas/inspiration but haven't actually gone to buy anything to put (file) these clippings in! this is perfect- for fashion/food/decor… we have reward dollars at staples, so i am going to the store this week to get a binder, clear folders, and something to put the folders in (like the one you have on your desk).

do you have a binder fashion too, or just the clear folders?

thank you for sharing- and for even sharing where you keep the binder!! i always love and appreciate your detail :).

Thanks for posting this. I truly need to do this.

April 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterval

LOVE this post. I would love to see you do more cooking posts – maybe an indo chinese recipe such and rice or noodles with an indian twist?

April 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonal

good idea! I am always tearing out recipes from maggies!

April 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercara

Naina, I love this system of your SO much! I do something pretty similar with health and beauty articles I come across 🙂

April 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

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