Organizing Your Recipe Binder

This month I’ve been gearing up for the recipe organizing round-up, and I’ve put together a lot of tips on organizing recipes. But since my round-up post will be centered on my recipe binder alone, (and for the sake of keeping the posts below novel length), I decided to just focus this week’s tips post on recipe binders.

-Rather than printing recipes immediately or keeping them on your desktop forever, pick a day each month or every couple of months to have a recipe printing session.

-Only print the recipes that you’ll definitely make. This saves paper and prevents you from cluttering your recipe binder with unnecessary stuff.

– To avoid cluttering your computer, delete the bookmarks after you’ve printed the recipe.

-Copy and paste all the recipes you have bookmarked to a word document. This saves you from printing unneccessary stuff from each webpage. And you can edit the whole document so that everything is in the same format and font/style. (plus you only have to click print once.)

-Use tabs/subject dividers to divide your binder into sections. Or if you have a lot of recipes, divide them into separate binders.

-File the recipes that you print behind appropriate sections in the binder so that they stay organized.

-If you make a recipe and don’t like it, remove it from your binder.

-Go through your binder periodically and remove recipes that you never make.

-When you try a new recipe, make notes of any changes you make to the recipe and/or any changes you want to make next time. (different ingredients, change of cooking time, change of recipe size)

By being extremely selective about the recipes you choose to print & getting rid of bad or unused recipes, you can ensure that you have a clutter-free binder filled with ONLY the most delicious recipes!

This post is featured on Rocks in My Dryer and Tammy’s Recipes.



  1. I like these ideas. My printed recipes are all over the place right now. I’m going to have to try something like this.

    Thanks for the great tip!

    Amy ~ The Salty Momma

  2. Barbara Bakes says

    Great tips. I have tons of printed recipes I’ve not tried.

  3. Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam says

    Ah yes…the recipe binder organization need is definitely calling from my cabinet. It so easily gets out of control, doesn’t it? Great ideas. 🙂

  4. great tip. I need to do this and actually have a start on putting the recipes on my computer. It’s just a matter now of organizing them in a binder.

  5. Great ideas. I keep my recipes in an accordion folder labeled by category. If I don’t absolutely love a recipe, I get rid of it. So far that’s worked, but I know the day will come when I outgrow that folder!

  6. Hadley Coble says

    I love my recipe binder…i need to use some of your tips to organize it and clean up my computer!

  7. Live.Love.Eat says

    Wonderful tips. I finally have a system down for all my recipes, ones I want to make, ones I have made and need to post and so on. I do have a list on my sidebar of all the recipes I find on other bloggers sites that i want to try.

  8. Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings says

    The last 3 tips are the best for me! Go through your binder to get rid of recipes you don’t make or know you’ll never make again is important because it just clutters up things. What’s the point of keeping them, right? Also, I always like to make changes on the new recipes I try, so making notes is a great tip.

    Thanks for sharing these!!

  9. Wow!! What a great tips. I need to use some of your tips to clean up my computer. Thanks so much for sharing.

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