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Friday, October 12, 2012


My next AWESOME ORGANIZERS IN OCTOBER submission comes from Barbara Tischler from The Clutter Coach in Wheaton, Illinois...

October is a great time to prepare for holiday cooking and baking. One part of this is getting all your recipes in order. When it comes to your loose recipes, are they bursting out of your kitchen cabinets or crammed into drawers? Are your recipes all different sizes, and you dread the thought of having to rewrite them onto index cards just to make them more manageable? Well, I have a better solution for you.

Things you'll need:

  • 3-ring binder
  • Clear plastic sheet protectors
  • Index dividers (extra wide, to work with sheet protectors)
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape or glue
  • Several sheets of plain paper
  • Your loose recipes

1. Sort your recipes into categories, such as entrees, side dishes, salads, desserts, holiday recipes, etc. Now is a good time to purge any recipes you don't want anymore.

2. Label index dividers with the category names from Step 1.

3. Put the dividers in a 3-ring binder.

4. Insert your recipes into sheet protectors. Large (8 1/2" X 11") recipes can simply go "as is" into sheet protectors. Tape or glue smaller recipes onto blank sheets of paper, and then insert the papers into sheet protectors. The sheet protectors will splatter-proof your recipes.

5. Insert your filled sheet protectors behind the appropriate dividers.

6. As you accumulate new recipes, add them to your binder.

Tips & Warnings

  • To reduce the amount of new recipes you keep, try this suggestion. When  you see a new recipe you are interested in, make the dish first BEFORE deciding whether or not to add it to your binder. If you don't like the results, don't keep the recipe.
  • You may wish to color code your binder by choosing a different paper color for each section.

Barbara Tischler has been a professional organizer in the Chicagoland area since 1996.  As owner of The Clutter Coach, her main goal is to help individuals lower their stress levels and simplify their lives by helping them gain more control over their household and business environments.  Barbara works with people one-on-one to help them organize their homes and offices.  She also regularly gives organizing presentations through employee and community education programs.  Barbara has received a good deal of media exposure, including radio interviews and newspaper articles written both by her and about her business.  In addition, she is the author of several online articles at, and, and has written the booklet “36 Home Organizing Ideas for Your Family Around the Year.”  Barbara is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, and is active in the Chicago chapter.

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