If you are spending your time this New Year getting organized, I have another great project idea for you. This is a fabulous way for organizing recipes where you can actually find the ones you need. Plus the supplies are super affordable at Old Time Pottery.

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Start with some coupon organizers and a label maker. That is all you need to get your recipes organized and ready when you need them. You will need as many coupon organizers as you have categories. Some of my categories include main dishes, sides, desserts, slow cooker, appetizers, breads, sides, and salads. However you can label the front of your coupon organizers with whatever categories work for your home.

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Then just open it up and label each of the tabs with a subcategory within the main category that you put on the front. Again these are totally up to you! You need to create a system that works for the chef in your family. In the example below, I labeled the inside of my dessert organizer with bars, cookies, cake, candy, cupcakes, fruit, and pie.

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All that is left is for you to sort all of those recipes by category. I am still going through many years’ worth of magazine and newspaper clippings around our home. I can’t wait to have an amazing organized recipe system and actually be able to find the recipes I need quickly. I think this will be a time saver in any home. Have you ever spent more time looking for a certain recipe than cooking dinner? I know I have! Grab your coupon organizers and get started on organizing recipes today!

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Written by The Country Chic Cottage
Angie blogs at The Country Chic Cottage where you can find creative crafts, vintage finds, home decor, and DIY all with a little farmhouse flair. Angie has been blogging for over 2 years and is married with three kids. Stop by her blog where you will find everything from small, quick crafts to major furniture and home makeovers.


  1. LindaSonia March 2, 2015 at 7:57 AM Reply

    What brand labelmaker do you use?

  2. keri @ shaken together March 2, 2015 at 12:34 PM Reply

    What a simply genius idea! I have a recipe box but it is not very easy to sort through – I love this!

  3. Jacque March 2, 2015 at 2:52 PM Reply

    LOVEEE all the sub-categories, you don’t miss anything and save so much time!

  4. Patty March 2, 2015 at 5:34 PM Reply

    Angie I just bought an expandable file to save my recipes. I didn’t think of breaking it down as much as you did but that will make it much easier. Can’t wait to start doing this. Thanks Angie.

  5. Nancie April 7, 2015 at 7:34 AM Reply


    I started sorting mine the way you have yours I used Post-Its. After I had retrieved and sorted all the recipes in my house I put them in 2 three ring binders. One is labeled main dishes the second is labeled appetizers and desserts. They are broken down into subcategories as well. Each recipe is in a sheet protector. Each category has a plastic slash folder as its divider with a label on it. This way as I add new recipes I can place them here to try them and determine if they are sheet protector worthy. Each recipe can be easily popped out to use and can be wiped down if I splash or splatter! It’s great to pull out the Holiday section and sort through it to plan my menus. Let me know if you would like photos and I will take some for you.


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