Frugal Organizing Tip: Sort Recipes in Recycled Envelopes

I was recently inspired by the Money Saving Mom’s Budget to get my home organized.  Although anyone who knows me could tell you that I am very organized person, I have my limits.  I’ve moved so many times that I often give the wrong address, state, and zip-code, so you can imagine that some aspects of my life have become a bit disorganized.  As I was looking for a recipe recently, I found myself digging through a file folder full of loose recipes, some of them copied more than once.

So I decided to organize my recipe folder.  I began by sorting the recipes into categories.  After looking over my piles (which by then covered the entire kitchen counter) I decided that I needed something to hold them.  I thought about gluing them to pages and putting them into a binder, but then settled on the simpler (if only temporary) solution of using envelopes.

As you can see, I opened the top flap of the envelope and labeled it with a pen.  Then I put them in an order that made sense to me.  When I was done, I slid them back in the file folder.  You would not believe how much easier it is for me to find the recipes I need now!  I am very pleased with this system.  Although I will probably outgrow it eventually, it works perfectly today.

Do you have any frugal organizing tips for your kitchen clutter?

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5 Responses to “Frugal Organizing Tip: Sort Recipes in Recycled Envelopes”

  1. Maddy Han says:

    When I was growing up, my dad used to do this with coupons. He used the return envelopes (the ones with postage prepaid) from his bills that he didn’t need. Nowadays, I would imagine that people have more since the advent of bill pay.

    For my recipes, I use a big wooden recipe box with index card filing tabs. Same idea, but the recipe box holds up the index card for me when I’m cooking (so I don’t get yucky grease or splatters all over it).

    • Jessica says:

      That’s what my mother used, but with all our moving I kept everything light-weight. Once I outgrow this method I’ll have to look around for something that holds more. Thanks for the suggestions!

  2. Johanna says:

    I just redid mine as well. I’ve been struggling for along time to find something that works for me. I think I found it. I am using the colored index cards. Each category is a different color. This also allows me to easily put it back in the right spot j
    ust by looking at the color of the card.

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