I hope the title of this post doesn’t seem like trickery, since by now you know that I’m simply not organized by nature. I have a plethora of good intentions, and I often get started with a winner of a system for any given organizing endeavor, but either my procrastination, perfectionism or overcommittal gets in the way of following through successfully.
I happened upon two really good, workable (read: SIMPLE!) recipe organizing ideas in the past year, though.
It’s my very own decluttering, without having to throw anything away (I’m a saver, you know).
I decided to start file folders that can be stashed in my desk drawer for seasonal recipes like Christmas cookies, grilling and canning recipes, etc. I got tired of seeing things I knew didn’t fit with the season in my way when I flipped through recipes, so tossing them haphazardly in a folder until I need them is the perfect fit for me.
“Stand By” Recipe Folder
You’ll notice “haphazard” and “folder” are two words common in my organizing vocabulary.
Okay. You’re right.
They’re the only organizing words in my toolbox. *blush*
If I have to three-hole-punch it, it’s not getting done.
If I have to figure out precisely what section to put something in, it might not get done “until I have time.” I just never seem to find extra time laying around, do you?
When I’m cooking, I hang the recipe I’m using up on a clip dangling from my cupboard. Sometimes I don’t put the recipe away at the end of the day. Sometimes I don’t put the recipes away until the clip is so full that gravity has its way with me and my recipes explode all over the kitchen floor when I open the cupboard. (Welcome to my kitchen, folks!)
I started noticing that often when I was searching for a recipe in the place it “belonged”, I couldn’t find it. It was still hanging up from the last time I used it.
I started a new manila folder for my “Old Stand Bys”. These are the recipes I make often enough that they can simply get chucked into the folder without looking for “the place” they belong in a certain category in my recipe box. They can be magazine pages, computer printouts or fancy recipe cards, and they all fit.
I can be haphazard, and still find what I’m looking for within 60 seconds.
If you cook from scratch a lot, I bet you have some OSBs too. Make a folder. You’ll appreciate the freedom to be haphazard and still be organized at the same time.
Curious What’s in There?
Here are some of my standbys:
- All my homemade dressings, homemade mayo (paper clipped together because I try to batch create these)
- Sourdough Whole Wheat Bread
- Sourdough Crackers, Wheat Thin Crackers
- Homemade Refried Beans
- Homemade Biscuits
- Our family’s favorite soaked pancakes
- Sue’s Baked Oatmeal
- Granola Bars (until I put it in my “Healthy Snacks to Go” eBook writing folder, then I spent 15 minutes looking for the blasted thing!)
What would you put in your “Stand By” folder? What’s your best recipe organizing tip?
*Note: Giveaway this week is a membership to ListPlanIt.com and a menu planning kit!