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{Let’s Organize: 2012} Week 5: Recipes

11 Feb

This week marks the end of Week 5 of  Let’s Organize: 2012 – organizing the recipes. I don’t know about you, but I have lots of recipes – some digital, some written, some in books, some in my brain… – and no good way to store them. Yikes! As I sorted through my recipes, I categorized what I had as such: Cookbooks, Recipe Cards, and Digital Recipes. So here goes:

{Cookbooks}

Despite the fact that a lot of recipes I use are family recipes, or ones I find online and in magazines, I still have a great collection of cookbooks – and a collection I couldn’t part with just yet! I simply organized these guys by lining them up neatly behind a closed cabinet door, because I had the space.

However, I know some of you don’t have storage space for that – or, you want to display them. I found great inspiration from Ms Smartie Pants this week. Check out the amazing {and adorable} way she organized her cookbooks:

{Recipe Cards}

Recipe Cards – in a cute little box – are a great way to store foodie ideas. If you don’t have these now, it’s the perfect time to invest. One of my favorite organizers comes from 1canoe2 @ etsy:

Letterpress Recipe Cards and Recipe Box

Recipe card holders and organizers are a great way to keep ideas safe; they are easy to store and easy to find. With TWO other ways to store recipes – like cookbooks {above} and digital copies {below} – it might seem silly to keep these cards too. But in some cases, the cards are sentimental – passed down from family and friends. And they hold a vintage quality you can’t find in a computer screen or on your iPad…

I have a great recipe card box full of wisdom and love thanks to my brilliant Aunt: at my bridal shower a few years ago, she asked every guest to handwrite and bring one of their favorite family recipes on a designated card. At the shower, she filled a beautiful box with those recipes and handed them over to me. I love it!

If you’re wanting to go the frugal, DIY route with recipe cards, check out Skip to My Lou’s Recipe Card Maker. Cute, perfect, & an easy way to print and go without paying a ton of $$:

{Digital}

And finally, there are lots of digital recipes flying around these days… internet websites, digital magazines, e-mails, and more. I found a few ways to organize and streamline my recipes digitally:

The first is through an app I found for my iPad called Personal Cookbook. It’s free {wahoo!}, and allows you to take all of those recipes you have saved across your inbox, online bookmarks, and in your brain, and store them in one place. Then, prop your iPod up in the kitchen and viola. An organized cooking extravaganza!

Secondly, I decided to take my digital recipes and turn them into a book {going full circle, maybe?}. My mother’s side of the family has passed down Holiday recipes for generations – and good ones at that! But right now, the way these recipes are stored is a bit askew. Every gal in the family stores them differently – some are on recipe cards, some are text documents, some are saved via e-mail, some scribbled on napkins, etc etc.

So, in the organizing spirit, I started a new photo book on Blurb.com {so in love with that site!}: one to hold and display all of our family recipes in one, easy place. It’s still in progress, but once it’s done, anyone in the family can have a copy to use and love. Here’s a taste of what I’ve done so far:

Did you organize your recipes this week? How did it go?

Share your progress below!

{Let’s Organize: 2012} Refrigerator: Recap & Link Party

5 Feb

Today, we celebrate: because Week #4 of  Let’s Organize: 2012 is finally over! AND – by now, your kitchen should be totally organized, and usable. That’s one room of your home that’s COMPLETELY done. Hooray!

Because my refrigerator is virtually empty {and there’s not much to organize, or to show you all}, I decided to highlight a fellow blogger’s awesome organizing project. Jenn @ Clean & Scentsible recently organized her refrigerator and freezer and left her readers with great tips. Click here to check out the full post on her blog.

Scroll down to see some of Jenn’s post-organization-awesomeness:

Jenn used some adorable vinyl decals to label her drawers:

“Say Cheese!”

Here are some of the products I fell in love with this week while in organization-mode. Some of them, I used in my kitchen. Others didn’t work for my space, but I’m seriously in love with them. Maybe they’ll work for yours.

1. The OXO Good Grips POP Container Set from Amazon – {yes, I shared these with my pantry post, too! they are that awesome.} these are terrific quality and keep your food super fresh. Amazon sells the containers in 5 and 10 piece sets, but I was able to find mine for almost 50% off at TJ Maxx.

2. Prepara Herb Savor Pods from Amazon – keep your herbs fresher {and organized} for longer.

3. The Tellfresh Lunch Kit from the Container Store – with a convenient spot for your fork, so you’ll never lose it! These are also great for splitting up leftovers into healthy portions: grab on from the fridge on your way to work.

4. The Boon Snack Ball Container from Amazon – cute and handy! Store ready-to-go snacks in these little balls {in a variety of colors}.

5. Custom Kitchen Label Decals from the Vinyl Mill on Etsy – request your own ready to use labels for your fridge – dairy, meat, fruit, vegetables, and more. These peel on and off your fridge drawers in a snap.

6. The Rubbermaid Beverage Carafe from Target – easy drink storage! Plus: the clear bottles make it easy to know what’s-what.

 


{Let’s Organize: 2012} Week 4: Refrigerator and Freezer

1 Feb

And we’re on to Week 4: Organizing our Refrigerator and Freezer. How is your organizing going? Anyone feeling tired? Anyone feeling extra productive & motivated? I think I toggle between the two!

Think About it.
What foods to you use everyday? What foods do you only need to take out occasionally? Are there items kiddos or pets in your house should or should NOT get to? Where should those go?

Be Inspired.
This week, I’m finding awesome inspiration from Real Simple’s “Before and After: A Refrigerator Makeover.” Check it out:

Set the Rules {& Keep them!}
This week, I’m telling myself:

1. If it’s expired, THROW IT AWAY! Seriously, gross.
2. Bin it. Box it. Jar it. Consolidate!
3. Label, Label, Label! Neatly and Carefully {& remember to add expiration dates}.

What challenges do you face? What rules are you setting for yourself? Check back later this week, when I recap the project, share photos, & give you a chance to link to your projects.

Happy Organizing!

{Let’s Organize: 2012} Pantry: Recap & Link Party

28 Jan

Challenge #3 of  Let’s Organize: 2012 is finally done! And boy, am I glad it is. My pantry was one of the messiest areas to tackle yet. Check it out:

Before:
{For the record, this is TOTALLY embarrassing.}

After:

Here are some of the products I fell in love with this week while in organization-mode. Some of them, I used in my kitchen. Others didn’t work for my space, but I’m seriously in love with them. Maybe they’ll work for yours.

1. The OXO Good Grips POP Container Set from Amazon – these are terrific quality and keep your food super fresh. Amazon sells the containers in 5 and 10 piece sets, but I was able to find mine for almost 50% off at TJ Maxx.

2. The Organized Kitchen by Brette Sember – newly published and full of useful information. Even better, right now it’s on sale for 35% off via Amazon.

3. An Undershelf Placemat Holder from The Container Store – how cool is this?!

4. Target’s Storage Sterilite Crate 6-piece set – this comes in loads of fun colors, like the turquoise color you see above, and in lime green. Plus, the price is great at $19.99 for a set of 6 crates.

5. The Spectrum Small Storage Basket in Chrome via Amazon – baskets like this are perfect for organization because you can see through them {i.e. you know what is where!}. These crates also have a cute little spot for labels, which I love.

6. The Gravity Feed Can Rack from The Container Store – an easy and simple way to store cans. Less space, more efficiency.

 


{Let’s Organize: 2012}: Week 3: Pantry & Food Storage

23 Jan

Well, folks: Week 2 is done and we are {finally} on to Week 3… organizing our Kitchen Pantry & Food Storage. I have to say… this will be my biggest challenge yet. Our pantry is not pretty…

Think About it.
How should you organize the pantry? What foods to you use everyday? What foods do you only need to take out occasionally? Are there items kiddos or pets in your house should or should NOT get to? Where should those go?

Be Inspired.
This week, I’m finding awesome inspiration from The House of the Smiths. Talk about a fantastic pantry! I love the painted and stenciled walls in the little closet – but also love how neat and clean everything looks. Check it out:

Set the Rules {& Keep them!} This week, I’m telling myself:

1. If it’s expired, THROW IT AWAY! Seriously, gross.
2. Bin it. Box it. Jar it. Consolidate!
3. Label, Label, Label! Neatly and Carefully {& remember to add expiration dates}.

What challenges do you face? What rules are you setting for yourself? Check back later this week, when I recap the project, share photos, & give you a chance to link to your projects.

Happy Organizing!

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