Well, it wasn't, to start. This is pretty much what my recipe bin/folder/cookbook stack in my desk cubby looked like before yesterday morning's burst of energy.
See that manila folder under everything? That housed it all. And boy was it ever
handy hard to sort through. Actually, it wasn't that bad. Things that I tend to make more than others had floated to the top, and other things (like a group of dishes I make for a holiday) ended up stacked together. Maybe that was a good thing.
So. I finally remembered to buy a 3-hole punch worth it's salt on one of my
daily weekly trips to Target. And now...
Wow. I don't have my dividers going yet -- and honestly, I can't decide how I want to break them up. By meals? Occasions? Food groups??? I need to think on that some more. Obviously, putting all my food prep stuff into a 3 ring binder isn't an earth shattering, original idea. But it's something that I have PUT OFF for how long? And it took what, 15 minutes???
It's funny how I prioritize. Because my Home Ideas binder has been put to steady use since we bought this place 4 years ago.
See? I have everything, and I mean EVERYTHING (inspiration, ideas, receipts, whatever) in this binder, organized by room.
(Like the tattered kitchen towel on the right? Who's in charge of this photo shoot???)
Original paint chips and other random things are in sleeves.
And other stuff gets thrown in there, too:
Which really works. I even used that mounted butterfly pin idea on the left for my Grammy's brooches.
We throw all sorts of stuff in it -- fabric swatches, room and furniture dimensions, etc -- and take it shopping. Or I flip through it on occasion, when my scattered brain cannot focus on what part of my home needs attention next -- or where to go with it. It's getting time, though, to go through my stack of beloved magazines for a good rip-and-toss.
How do you keep it -- whatever It is -- together?