10 Easy Recipe Organizing Ideas You’re Missing Out On – The Tidy Life Blog
Recipe organizing has been a game changer in our house. Cooking is messy enough already, having loose recipes everywhere can add unwanted clutter & disorganization. Below I have included 10 easy & budget friendly options to organize your recipes. If you can implement one or more of the following examples into your routine, I promise you can get your weekly meal planning & grocery shopping done in no time!
1. Recipe Organizing with a Recipe Binder
Scrolling through Pinterest recipes can be great for inspiration, but for the most part you won’t have time to sit there for hours to find a good recipe. Once you find a recipe that your family loves, you can print it out and slip it into your Recipe Binder. Listed below are six steps you can use to create a recipe binder of your own.
I’ve also included a link to download my FREE Recipe Binder Printables!
- Gather all loose recipes & print your favorites from online
- Divide Recipes into categories
- Create & Print Category Pages
- Put binder together (Using a 1/2-2 inch binder, add clear protector sheets to binder)
- Add Category sheets to binder
- Insert recipes according to categories
2. How to organize recipes electronically
Unfortunately you can’t take your recipe binder to the grocery store. I mean you can, but thats a bit much. I like to keep a place on my phone where I can find my recipes quickly when Im at the grocery. In addition to saving you time, this will also come in handy when you need to reference what size or how much of an ingredient you need (because who has time to write all of that onto a grocery list.) Some examples of how to store your recipes electronically are:
- Using your Notes App on your phone ( you can also add pictures to Notes App so you don’t have to type the recipe in.)
- Using an app
- Screenshots ( Using your phone, take screenshots of your Recipes, place them in an album labeled “Recipes”.)
3. App for Recipe Organizing
I personally love using a separate app to store my recipes. My favorite app to use is Evernote. I have had this app for years and it has been a lifesaver. The free version of this app is all that you need. Simply create one notebook labeled “Recipes” and add pictures of all of your recipes. What I love about this app is that when I open my notebook, I can see all of my recipes at once. Of course you can create as many Notebooks as you’d like, I just prefer it all in one.
There are a bunch of other Recipe apps out there, here is a link to a great recipe manager app that i’ve done some research on Paprika!
4. Recipe Organizing with a Recipe Box
If you don’t have much time and need a safe place to store your recipes, a recipe box is a good way to go! you can find a simple letter box anywhere. This option is pretty budget friendly and can even be free, if you already have a nice structured box at home already! With this you have two options
- Just toss your recipes in ( this is ok if you only have a few family recipes to store.)
- If you’re writing your recipes on to index cards & have a box that you can store your cards standing up, you can use index card dividers to create your categories!
5. Recipe Organizing with an Accordian Filing System
If you have a lot of recipes and a decent sized kitchen, using an accordian file with tabs is a great idea.
- Gather loose recipes
- Use tabs to create Categories
- Separate recipes into Categories and file away!
This is a quick, easy AND affordable way to organize recipes!
6. Recipe Organizing with Recipe Notebooks
If you enjoy creating your own recipes or just rather handwrite them, a notebook would work well. You can find them at hobby stores or on Amazon for a pretty decent price. They will come spiraled with blank recipe cards for you to fill in. Using a notebook allows you add in your own notes & adjustments each time you cook. Although time consuming, in a world where mostly everything is typed or on a computer these days, a little handwriting can be therapeutic sometimes.
7. Creating Your Own Family Cookbook
Do you have a lot of old family recipes that have been passed down? Typing up and creating your own family cookbook to share is such a great idea to keep your families traditions alive. Once you put your book together, you can have copies printed out for family members as gifts! If I were going this route, I would recommend the following to create your book:
- Office Depot – They have super affordable pricing Click here!
- Canva – Perfect for creating your recipe pages & Cover Click here!
8. Recipe Organizing with Index cards
Using index cards with a ring is a good option if you like to create your own recipes. You can just add cards and notes notes as you go! This will allow you to store a lot of recipes in a small space. This can also be a handy tool if you just like to write down notes or swaps for recipes as you’re cooking.
9. Coupon or checkbook expanding file organizer
This is similar to the Accordian file system, just smaller. You can keep clipped recipes and small index card written recipes in here. This option works well if you have a small amount of recipes to organize and not a lot of kitchen space to store them!
10. Recipe Organizing with a Magnetic Photo Album
I’m a big fan of Magnetic Photo Albums! I use them for everything. This is great if you have a lot of magazine tear outs, recipes that you get off of food boxes (my favs!), or old passed down recipes. If you love this idea, check out the step by step tutorial on this blog post Click here! I used this same idea to organize old Christmas Cards in the blog post, but you can follow the same steps for your recipes.
Organizing recipes this way will allow you to stream line your meal planning so that you can have more time to enjoy yourself on your days off. My two favorites are using a Recipe Binder in conjunction with my digital Evernote App.
We get our recipes from everywhere these days. Cookbooks, Pinterest, magazines, you name it. We were in this cycle of finding a great recipe that we enjoyed and saying “wow, we love this, we should really make this again. The problem was that, whenever I would look for it again it was gone. I would start rummaging through old Pinterest boards and screenshots hoping I could find it somewhere on my phone. Organizing your recipes will allow you to stream line your meal planning so that you can have more time to enjoy yourself on your days off. My two favorites from this list are using a Recipe Binder in conjunction with my digital Evernote App!
Don’t forget to grab your Free Recipe Binder printables