Over the years I’ve collected a lot of recipes from magazines, websites and Pinterest. I tried just about every way to organize them and nothing seemed to work. I’m talking binders, folders, organized by meal type, etc. Finally, I figured a way that doesn’t take up much space or time that I’ve been using for the past few years.
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I started using an index card box to organize my recipes. It holds 3 x 5 index cards and fits perfectly in my kitchen cabinet. I love that I don’t have a million pieces of paper or a big binder to find space for. When I need a recipe I simply open my kitchen cabinet and take out this little box.
I added a simple sticker to the front to label it my recipe box and to make it a little less boring. I know, I’m SO creative! Ha!
On the inside I added alphabetical index card dividers. If you want to spice it up (no pun intended) with a little color these are cute, too. Or, if you want to organize your recipes by type instead of alphabetically check these out.
About once a month or once every few months (depending on how many new recipes I’ve collected) I print them out on 3 x 5 index cards. I like to use the unruled index cards because it looks cleaner and I don’t need the lines for writing. Then I simply place them under the correct letter of the alphabet. If you write out your recipes I suggest using ruled index cards.
You can see in the picture above there are recipes piled in before “A”. These are recipes I haven’t tried yet. Once I try them, they will be filed under the correct letter (if I like it) or thrown out (if I don’t like it).
The alphabet dividers usually have an “Mc” tab which I decided not to use. Any recipes that start with “M” will be filed under “M”. I re-purposed the “Mc” divider for crock pot recipes and placed it after “XYZ”. How easy is that?