In a past post, I talked about my planner being “my brain.” Well, when it comes to meal planning, these 2 binders are “my brains” too! I used to use a wooden recipe box to store my recipe cards, but I eventually grew out of it. It was a great place to store all of my recipes in one place until I collected too many!!
I wasn’t willing to get rid of good recipes, so it was time to move into another organizational method. Meet my hard working binders….
I use the Main Dish binder every single week when I meal plan!! As I open the binder, you’ll notice some papers in the left hand pocket. I like to store my monthly meal plan (when I make one) in that pocket as well as the recipes that I will be using the current week, so they are easy to reach. I also add recipes to this side that I want to try so that I’ll get a visual reminder to actually TRY the recipes instead of collecting them and having them take up space. (AM I the only one that prints out recipes and forgets about them???)
On the right side I have colored divider tabs separating the various meats that I will be using. The tabs are:
I use these pocket photo pages to store the recipe cards. I found these in the photo section at Wal-Mart years ago. They will hold three recipes per side. It’s super easy to see 3 recipes at a time which is helpful when you’re looking for a certain recipe!
Next is my Desserts binder. In the left pocket I store recipes that I use very often, so they’re easy to find. On the right the tabs are labeled:
I use these 2 binders plus my Meal Planning binder. Once upon a time I bought some pre-made meal plans from 5 Dinners in 1 hour and I sometimes use these recipes so I store them in the yellow meal planning binder. Here’s a peek at where I store my binders…in the kitchen, right above the toaster and coffee pot!
I hope this helps you get inspired to make your own recipe binders….they’re such a time and space saver! If you have more questions feel free to email me!
Happy Easter!!! I will be taking next week off to enjoy my kids that are home for Spring Break!
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