This handy Recipe Binder Printable has saved me from a constant state of organizational chaos! Seriously, I was at a loss for years trying to figure out how to deal with all the recipes that I collect and print out. I’m just like you. I thumb through Pinterest, save and print off lots of ideas. I added those to my existing family favorites that were sitting in my handy dandy lime green binder (Why lime green? So it would be easy to find!) Now, I did put the recipes in clear plastic sleeves to protect them, but that was about it.
A few years ago, I started using binders and printables to keep myself organized and I feel so much better! Can you tell by all the printable posts we have on the blog? Yep, this is how I stay organized! Mini Finance Binder, Holiday Binder, Organizational Binder, Medical Binder and the new Vacation Binder is coming up in a couple weeks. We also have Free Printable Binder Covers with labeled inserts to give you flexibility!
I like my binders all lined up and I feel more at ease with my life organized. Don’t blame it on my OCD, please! I can’t tell you how much time I spent sorting through pages and pages of recipes before I found the one I was looking for. It was insane!
So! The Recipe Binder is simple and sweet. You’ll get a cover page, binder spines and sheets to divide each section. If you’re interested, let me email the entire package to you!
Supplies Needed for the Printable Binders
Page Dividers I used white ones once (ONCE!) and that was just a mess. You can’t see the different sections very well. So, go for bright colors that stand out.
Page Protectors have saved me so many times. You can see from my pre-binder recipes that there are tons of stains and spill marks. Not now! They are all protected behind these plastic page protectors and remain clean. If I do get a splatter on them, I just wipe it off and move on.
Binders I like to buy a set like this that has different colors so I know one color is for my recipes and a different color is for budgeting. If you plan to use the binder system, this is the way to go. I tend to lean towards the 1 ½ inch ones, but you need to choose what is right for you. I like this as it gives me enough space with enough room to grow.
Setting Up a Recipe Binder
Once you have your tools all collected, here is the process to get this organized in a jiffy! It can be done in about an hour or so with no family interruptions. I did mine when my husband and son were out for a dude’s camping trip. It was perfect! I spread it all over the dining room and knocked it out in no time.
- Start from scratch and collect all the recipes you have printed off. If any are in slip covers, take them out. We are starting fresh, here.
- Divide them into categories: main dishes, desserts, sides. You’ll have an insert for each.
- Put each recipe into a sleeve. These plastic sleeves are almost always double sided, so definitely use both sides.
- Put all the recipes into the binder organized with the dividers and cover sheets.
- Put this on your shelf and now when you are looking for your favorite pasta recipe, you can spend two minutes looking instead of 20!
That’s it! It should take you about an hour…uninterrupted! I keep saying that because it will be a mess until you are able to dedicate the time to complete this task. I tried and failed to make it happen until the men were out of the house. Let’s get organized.
Other Printables That Will Help Your Kitchen Organization
Free Printable Grocery List Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you’re anything like me, you’ll gather a bunch of unnecessary stuff and end up spending more that you intended.
Free Shopping Comparison I was really shocked at how much money I wasted by not comparing prices at my local stores. It was REALLY scary.
Weekly Meal Plan Printable Keep a few of these in your binder to pull out and complete each week.
Printable Meal Plan Here is another meal plan printable that includes a shopping list to make it easy to plan your week’s meals.
Collection of Kitchen Inventory Printables Don’t forget to keep a good inventory of your freezer, pantry and refrigerator. It is too easy to lose track of what you have.