Quickly Turn Your Recipe Collection Into A Book

Quickly Turn Your Recipe Collection Into A Book

quickly organize your recipes

 

I have a cabinet full of recipe books but over time, I’ve collected random recipes from Pinterest, family members and magazines. I was shoving them into a folder because it looked organized. The problem was that every time I went to find something it was useless. I spent more time digging and then reorganizing into a folder than cooking the actual meal.

In keeping with the purging theme and respecting the fact that we all have about zero extra minutes per day, this recipe organization is quick, efficient and costs very little.

My recipes were gathered in one hot mess.

recipes in a folder

Then I stacked them in piles. The key to organizing anything is putting “like” with “like”. What do they have in common? Here, I stacked in recipes labeled chicken, pork, fish, salad, etc.

stacking recipes for organization

Now I need something to put them in. Ah, a binder with tabs to separate the types of recipes (the piles). I also grabbed some page protectors (not pictured).

binder-and-tab-oco

Done deal. Just like my jeans, this binder can’t take one more recipe. I should have purchased a much bigger binder and another set of tabs. I also want white, not green. But, hey, this was a quick project so I can quickly access my recipes. Maybe later in the year, I’ll pretty it up. For now, I’ll eat.

TIP: Add extra page protectors to the binder so when you add to it, you can easily slip the new one in the correct place.

quickly make a recipe binder

Aaaaand, the amount of time the project took (including Instagramming a picture) and grabbing not one but TWO drinks for my son, starting a movie and digging Play-Doh out of his dump truck was:

time to organize recipes

A 5-year old threw off my game. I mean, seriously. He gets thirsty while I’m working? The nerve.

Will this work for your recipe collection?

tawsha connell

 

Note from Tawsha: 

Each time I dive into an organization-type project, I have these big beautiful plans that, in the end, aren’t realistic. I want a great end result that is pleasing to my eye but not at the expense of losing efficiency – the reason I started the project in the first place. I see it everywhere and I, too, want a picture-perfect result. Well, for us, it’s just not the truth 100% of the time and we won’t hold back if it’s not perfect. We’re committing to offering a realistic approach to creating structure and order in life. We’re busy, you’re busy and none of us are made of money. 

Your comments and feedback have been awesome. We will continue to strive to be true to you, true to ourselves and not just go for the pretty picture each time we post a new blog. Your trust is important to us. 

 

 

 

Organize Your Refrigerator in 7 Steps

Organize Your Refrigerator in 7 Steps

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Is your fridge gross? Can you honestly say that every single thing in your refrigerator is up to date, in the right spot and all tidy? Me neither.

How do you even get started?

STEP 1: EMPTY

empty fridge

Source: AJ Madison

Get some garbage bags all set out around your fridge. One for food garbage, one for recycling and one for empty non-recyclables. Start purging like crazy! Take a peek at your expiration dates. Don’t mess around with those dates. Toss if it’s past the date. Do yourself (and your internal organs) a favor. As far as leftovers go, if it’s been in there over 4 days, get rid of it. Can’t remember? Get rid of it. Make a mental note to write this down next time.

The items you don’t throw away or recycle, put on a counter nearby. Your fridge should now be completely empty.

STEP 2: CLEAN

bathtub

We’re talking about your shelves, drawers, everything. Pull out the drawers and clean with 1/2 part water, 1/2 part ammonia. This is a perfect time because your fridge should be completely empty. Tip: Use the bathtub for this. If you clean the drawers in your kitchen sink, it gets pretty messy. Wipe down the shelves with the same mixture. Don’t forget the door and the butter container.

Make it snappy because you have food to get back into refrigeration.

STEP 3: SORT

grocery sign

Sort all your items in “like” sections. Think like a grocery store. Condiments together, dairy together, meat together, etc. For now, put them in the fridge but be ready to come back to them later. We don’t want to keep them out of the cold for long.

STEP 4: SURVEY

Now seeing what you have and how many of each item you have, survey your fridge vs. items. What organizational items will you need to keep everything in place?

STEP 5: LINE

contact paper shelf liner

 

You can have a typical fridge or one that looks finished and clean once organized. Have you thought of lining your drawers, shelves and door bins with contact paper? Below is a picture of what it looks like. Tip: Don’t go all the way to the back because you’ll want to let the fridge light still shine through. Another tip: Contact paper can often be found at the dollar store.

STEP 6: CONTAIN

Source: Amy Volk

Source: Amy Volk

Take all your new organizational pieces and start sorting.

  • Milk and quickly perishable items need to be in the fridge (not in door where temps fluctuate)
  • Meats and Seafood: Put at the bottom so there’s no risk of contamination.
  • Fruits and Veggies: Separate the two.
  • Leftovers in clear containers labeled with date food was made.

STEP 7: LABEL

labeled food

Label the shelves and the bins in the door. This will help you and your family (who didn’t spend this time organizing the crap out of your food) keep it all together. You can be general with your labels or very specific. Use chalkboard labels, some plain contact paper, a label maker, whatever you’d like.

There you have it. A clean and organized refrigerator. For the freezer, do the same. A suggestion is to group together your frozen veggies, frozen meats, etc and put them in individual bins. Label the bins.

INSTANT GRATIFICATION: Go to the dollar store. Seriously. Bins are $1 (duh). WalMart and Target have specific fridge/freezer organization pieces. Or you can click on our Amazon store for a specific shopping list.

No matter what, share pics with us!

tawsha connell

Tips for Moving – Part 3: DIY Home Renovations

Tips for Moving – Part 3: DIY Home Renovations

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I’m so excited to share Part 3: DIY Home Renovations. There are some really really cool ideas that are simple and can be inexpensive.

Just in case you missed it:

Part 1: Packing

Part 2: Cleaning & Repairs

If you are moving into a house that needs a little TLC or if you’re selling a home that needs a bit of updating to make it stand out among the rest, this post is for you.

Take your home from “meh” to “luxe” in no time.

Seriously, you don’t have to be talented at all. You just have to know how to read directions…and not many at that. Click on your favorite images to see more about each project.

Let’s get started!

NEW KITCHEN BACKSPLASH

Source: Lovely Crafty Home

Source: Lovely Crafty Home

Create a stone backsplash with “Airstone”. You buy the stones, add adhesive and literally stick it to the wall. Check out how Lovely Crafty Home did it. (scroll down a bit to see the kitchen)

FRESH KITCHEN CABINETS

Source: The Lettered Cottage

Source: The Lettered Cottage

I won’t pretend that all The Lettered Cottage did was paint their cabinets. They did a full kitchen makeover but it’s all DIY. First things first: Paint those cabinets. After seeing the steps they took in order for their kitchen to go from “before” to “after,” I’d like to live with them. Would that be weird. They have the CUTEST house. IT’S ALL DIY!

STONE KITCHEN ISLAND

Source: House Honeys

Source: House Honeys

From the “Why didn’t I think of that” file, House Honeys took their typical-looking island and made it look like a high-end vacation home. I could totally see this in a house celebrities go to ski in the winter. I mean, come ON. It’s so cool! This, too, is Airstone. Adhere the stones to the island. Done and done.

GRANITE-LOOKING COUNTERS

Source: DIY Network

Source: DIY Network

Oh, I’m sorry, you thought this was granite? Nope. It’s a DIY paint job, friends. I’m talking “paint with a sponge and dab the colors together” type of process. Love DIY Network for this simple how-to.

MOSAIC TILE BATHROOM MIRROR

Source: Centsational Girl

Source: Centsational Girl

Centsational Girl has turned a basic-looking mirror into a work of art. I’ve also read that you can purchase adhesive tiles from a hardware store and line them along the edges. Whatever your choice, you’ll have a killer-looking mirror.

MODERN FIXTURES

Source: Entirely Smitten

Source: Entirely Smitten

No matter what your fixtures look like (bathroom, kitchen, hallway, whatever), you can spray Rustoleum spray paint on them for a completely updated look. Now I want about 500 cans so I can go nuts on my house. We’re talking toilet paper holders, faucets, lights… See what Entirely Smitten did!

SHOWER UPDATE

Source: Style With Cents

Source: Style With Cents

This is something that NEVER occurred to me to change. I would just keep looking at the brass eye sore and decorate around it. Dear Style With Cents, you’re changing our world (and saving us money from avoiding that house with an ugly shower).

ROCK TUB

Source: Lovely Crafty Home

Source: Lovely Crafty Home

Remember Airstone from a few pictures up? It’s baaaaaack! Lovely Crafty Home, I need to stop right now and get myself an entire truck of this stuff. I’ll live in a stone house by the time I’m done. I want to even put Airstone on my half wall from the living room to the kitchen. Look at this spa-like tub! It went from completely typical to appearing expensive.

MODERN VENTS

Source: The Frugal Homemaker

Source: The Frugal Homemaker

While you have your Rustoleum spray paint out, why don’t you just grab the vents and paint those, too. The Frugal Homemaker had some tired looking vents (eh hem, so do I). After a quick spray, the vents are tired no more.

NEW-ISH DOORKNOBS

Source: Live Love DIY

Source: Live Love DIY

Gee, guess what kind of paint does this awesomeness? Live Love DIY went nutty (just like I would) and painted her doorknobs, furniture handles and more. It cracks me up to see someone similar. Changing those gold doorknobs are a must. Let’s all do it. Wanna?

A WELCOMING ENTRANCE

Source: 320 Sycamore

Source: 320 Sycamore

Talk about curb appeal. 320 Sycamore changed the look of their home entry by getting rid of the screen, adding paint to the door, accessorizing with the cute little numbers and adding a punch of color with the flowers. Gah. We think this is adorable!

What else needs a bit of sprucing up at your home?

tawsha connell

The Pantry Purge

The Pantry Purge

If you ever came to my house pre-pantry purge (pictured above), there’s NO FREAKING WAY I would have opened the pantry in front of you. I would have pretended that everything was as clean as my house looks on the surface. Side note: I wouldn’t let you go upstairs, either. Instead, I’ll distract you with offering a drink or a great TV show.

Seriously, I look like trash and this is completely embarrassing to show…if I didn’t do the PANTRY PURGE 2012.

Time spent: 3 hours

Money spent: Less than $50

Creative talent: $0

The process is simple and it will save your brain (and money -there are treasures to be found in this mother). Here’s how to go about the pantry purge:

Shopping list –

  • Plain bins (multiple sizes) $1 each at the Dollar Store
  • Clear “jugs” $1 at select dollar stores or $2-something at WalMart (yeah, I said it)
  • Chalkboard labels at Staples (Martha Stewart Collection) or make your own. Tutorial HERE by twelveOeight.
  • Garbage bags
  • Determination

Instructions –

  • Grab multiple garbage bags
  • Grab something to drink
  • Make some space
  • Empty the entire pantry
  • Organize food by category
  • Clean the pantry floor and walls
  • Dispose or donate any food you aren’t interested in putting back
  • Start placing the categories in  bins to see what will go where
  • Get yourself all sorted out and start putting the food away

Tip: leave a little extra room in your pantry. Like, don’t stuff it full because you will have to grocery shop at some point or you may go on some baking binge and need a place to hide put your cookies.

I had a friend tell me to check the pantry in 3 weeks to see how it looked. Well, friend, here it is. BOOM!

There you have it.