The clutter was bad enough, but the most annoying part is that I never even used any of the recipes that sounded so good. It was daunting when I was looking for a new recipe to try that night to even glance at that huge stack of magazines! Then one day I got all fancy-schmancy and decided to get organized:
I tore out the recipes I had been tagging for years, found a notebook and some plastic sleeves, and arranged the pages according to appetizers, main dishes, vegetables, desserts, etc.
I know it seems like a very basic idea. (Hey! Look at me! I put recipes in a binder!) But it has made a huge difference in our family's cooking. I actually use the recipes in the book now and it takes me just a few minutes to glance through and find something I want. In the old days, I may have spent 20 minutes paging through magazine after magazine (if I even cracked them open), with my toddler pulling on my leg the whole time. And you all know how much fun that can be!
This works so well for me that I am planning to put together a similar book for all my decorating ideas, torn out of various magazines and catalogs. Can you imagine having a huge binder with ideas for every room in your house, seasons, holidays, and craft projects, to pull out whenever you are looking for something new? I am such a design geek that that I am really whooped up by this!
This definitely works for me!