There is a lot of organising going on around my house at the moment. How cliched of me for January right? I guess it is a cliche for a reason. I actually love organising and find it fun and relaxing. Not that I live in organised bliss unfortunately. I have another 3 people (and a dog) who bring their own challenges to my utopian view of a clutter free, organised and peaceful home. Oh yeah, and my family history of keeping just about everything because 'it might be useful'. Thankfully this last tendency is nearly cured. Three international moves in 4 years will do that to you!
One of the things I have reorganised is my collection of printed, clipped and handwritten recipes. I have tried different methods for sorting all of these before (including folders with categories etc.) but seeing one of my best friend's recipe 'bible' folders with everything in plastic sleeves but with no apparent system for categorising was a revelation. I love her recipe folder. It is massive and is full of the sort of love that only a well loved collection of recipes that really feeds a family comes to have. The kind with food splotches on pieces of paper and little handwritten notes by her whether it is saying how much she loved the recipe or how she adapted it. So, in the spirit of copying being the finest form of flattery I decided to make my own and combine all my different folders into one (exhibit A above).
I find that, after a while, I know exactly where to flick to get which recipe so the lack of categories is not missed at all. Now I can enjoy my printed out recipes next to the handwritten ones my Mum or sisters have given me and they nestle alongside favourite ones cut out of magazines. I love it!
Of course, I had to pretty up the folder. I bought a new folder (by some miracle I didn't have one the right size on hand) and a bunch of plastic sleeves.
I then cut out a piece of scrapbook paper the right size to fit in the spine and printed out a label to stick on top (see first picture at the top of this post). I am enjoying it already...