Time to get organized on Tuesdays, I think it's a new thing I'm going to try out. Why? Because I love being organized, today is Tuesday, and I really want the boxes and clutter out of my house!!!
Every summer, when we were on homeleave from Japan, I would clean out the shelves under my parent's kitchen island. My dad had tons of cooking magazines under there, five or six years worth of Gourmet and some Bon Appetit! So, after my episode of magazine purging when leaving Japan, I asked my dad if I could do the same to his magazines. Note, I decided to do this less than a week before I was moving to my new house. Literally every night, I was pouring through, ripping out recipes, trying to lessen the load I was taking in the moving truck with me. I think I ended up having to take about 20 magazines with me. I got a cute little bag and carried it around with me to my daughter's gymnastics and dance classes. While she danced, I ripped out recipes. I went from probably 5 feet high of magazines to this:
After I ripped out the recipes, I placed them into a folder that I carried around in the bag with me until I was ready to organize them. When I was done with all the magazines I had at the time, I spent some time organizing the recipes into categories, meal, appetizer or side, dessert, breakfast, tips, breads. You can organize yours however you want, that's just how I'm doing mine for now.
Be open minded when you are tearing out recipes because you can always swap out an ingredient that you don't like. For instance, swap chicken for fish, or... swap strawberries for the rhubarb in this:
I was talking with my friend about this this past weekend and she said she's been doing it with cookbooks that she doesn't use that often- genius! Except, there are some you just don't rip up, like Cook's Illustrated, Baked, Pastry Queen.
I'm using the same idea for all my craft stuff that I get from Family Fun magazine and Parents too.
This is a project I've been working on since last summer. Don't worry, something like this is very easy, I just did it here, there, and every where, and until the end didn't truly devote myself to it.