Nikki Works With Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer #26

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Nikki Works With Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer #26

Nikki and Elizabeth, her Professional Organizer, are organizing her loose recipes using three-ring binders.  They discussed several different methods of organizing recipes:  recipe boxes, scanning them into the computer, putting them into an accordion file, or putting them into three ring binders.

Nikki likes the idea of just dropping her loose recipes into clear page protectors and organizing them in the same binders she used for the recipes she copied from her infrequently used cookbooks.  She also thinks it would be nice to be able to keep the pictures of recipes she tears out of magazines.  The binders would be very flexible as recipes could be easily added.  Smaller categories could be combined in one notebook and larger categories would have their own binder.  The binders will open flat on the counter and the plastic sleeves keep the recipes clean.

Elizabeth points out another way the binder system can be used; to empty the recipe boxes that don’t work for Nikki.  She has lots of recipes on cards that she got from her grandmother.  Nikki has a habit of taking a card out then putting it away in the front or back of the box instead of taking the time to re-file it. When she wants to use a recipe again, she has to hunt through the box to find it.  Once the card is put in a binder, Nikki will not have to re-file every time she uses it.  She just has to put the binder back on the shelf.

Nikki’s only concern is about the amount of space the binders will take.  Elizabeth shows her how to save space in the binders by taping several torn out recipes or cards onto a piece of plain paper before she slips them into the page protector.  Since Nikki gave away some cookbooks and moved some to the bookcase in the den, there is more room to keep current recipes in the kitchen.   If she adds those recipes to the index she made of her cookbook recipes she can easily find them.

Next post:  Nikki plans more time for “playing in the kitchen.”

You can read the continuing story in the Albuquerque Sage Magazine <a href=”http://www.abqjournalsage.com/category/blogs/ask-the-experts-blogs/elizabeth-tawney-gross-professional-organizer/“>online edition</a>.  Learn along with Nikki as she and Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer, get the house organized room by room.

Copyright© 2013 Elizabeth Tawney Gross, Organizing For Everyday, LLC

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