How To Organize Recipes To Calm Kitchen Chaos

Do you know how to organize recipes? You’ve probably guessed by now that I love to cook.  I have shelves full of cookbooks and piles of recipe magazines.  I have loose recipes I’ve torn out of magazines and scribbled on scraps of paper. I have recipes I’ve printed out online that I want to try soon.  This is great, but it contributes to my clutter problem.  I can never find the recipe I remember tearing out or seeing in a magazine.  I know it’s around here somewhere. Maybe on my cookbook shelf? Maybe buried somewhere on the kitchen table?  Or maybe I used it as a bookmark in the book I’m reading, or the wind blew it off the table and behind my son’s backpack. I was provided a product for review, but the story is my own.

How to organize recipes

How To Organize Recipes

I have good intentions. I do. I get a recipe card in the mail or a magazine, and I want to try it. I put it where I’m sure I will see it, so I remember to buy the ingredients. Life happens and the recipe is out of site and out of mind. I never buy the ingredients, so I never try the recipe. I’ve tried putting them on the refrigerator or in a box. It never works because they get buried or piled on top of. I needed to figure out how to organize recipes so I would try them.

You all know that when I want to try a new system it needs to be easy. I have seen some pretty amazing scrapbooks filled with recipes on colored paper with cute embellishments and borders. Let’s face it, I am not going to do that. I don’t have time, and all that would accomplish is a pile of scrapbook materials sitting next to the pile of papers on my kitchen table. My goal is less paper and not more. When I learned about the NeatReceipts mobile scanner and digital filing system, I knew it had the potential to help me tackle my recipe clutter.  I’ve had a stack of cookbooks and cooking magazines on my table for days now intending to deal with them. Now is the time.

How To Organize Recipes

 

Using the NeatReceipts, you can scan a recipe to save a digital copy.  You can create different files for different recipe types like main dish recipes, desserts, canning, gluten free, etc.  But, this is where it gets pretty neat (get it?).  Once you have scanned the recipe, you can add the important information to different columns – like the ingredients or the type of recipe.  Then when you know you want to try that strawberry marmalade recipe, you search on strawberry marmalade, and there it is! You can print out the recipe if you want or save it as a PDF or JPG.

The NeatReceipts is very easy to use. It weighs less than a pound, and its slim size means it can easily sit just about anywhere on your desk.   You simply load the software from the CD and then connect NeatReceipts to your computer with the included USB cable. It does not need to be plugged in which is a huge plus for me. We never have enough outlets.   In today’s digital world, there’s more fun stuff.  NeatCloud will help you back up your files and access them anywhere you want.  NeatMobile turns your smartphone or tablet into a scanner and another way to access your files. You get a 30 day free trial to these services.

How to organize recipes

 

How to organize recipes

I am very glad I learned how to organize recipes with NeatReceipts.  When I get the magazine or cookbook, if there are only a few recipes I am interested in, I don’t need to hold onto the whole thing forever.I can scan what I want and then pass it on to someone else.  Using the NeatReceipts for menu planning is saving me tons of time. No more wondering what’s for dinner at 5 pm.

If you are working on decluttering and organizing your home, I highly recommend the e-course, Decluttering Made Easy.
How To Organize Recipes



About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of an 18-year-old son and 23-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn't have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you'd like to work together, email info@confessionsofanover-workedmom.com to chat.

Comments

  1. I would love to do this with all my recipes. Right now they are all in a basket which I never look at. Maybe if they were organized, I’d actually be able to try them.

  2. Liza @ Views From the 'Ville says:

    Oh my gosh, I absolutely need one of these.  I have two lined wicker baskets full of torn out magazine pages that I keep saying I’m going to type up but never seem to do.  This would be awesome!

  3. I have a totally unorganized box in the closet for my recipes. I keep meaning to do something with that. Looks like a neat product for organizing recipes!

  4. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I am so unorganized when it comes to recipes!That is a really neat way of keeping track of things

  5. I love this idea. Mine usually get tacked to a board I have on the fridge, then eventually they pile up, fall off, fall under the fridge, get recycled by my husband, etc. I could totally use this (and for all my receipts as well! i’ve been talking about something like this for that, too)

  6. Tiffany C. says:

    Very cool. I was wondering how that worked. I’d love to have one for my paper and recipes. 

  7. This is a great idea, and I could TOTALLY use some recipe organization. Also, how did you know that my kitchen table was a wreck? 🙂

  8. Brandy Myers says:

    I have wanted a Neat Scanner forever to help get me organized. I have recipes stashed all over my house and in more notebooks than I can count. I always think I will go back to them or it’s the next best organization system but I am still failing at it. The Neat Scanner looks like it could be a lifesaver.

  9. Laura (Lolli) Franklin says:

    Ok….I have to admit that it’s kind of rare that I read a review and leave with the feeling that I HAVE to go out and buy it but that’s how I feel about this. I can’t tell you how much I need this!

  10. Ellen, every time I’ve read of NeatReceipts I think of organizing my recipes. I think it would do a wonderful job for me.

  11. Sounds like a really useful device to have. It would definitely cut down on clutter in my kitchen. Thanks for the review.

  12. I’ve seen this and need to take another look, especially in the new year. Good intentions of organizing and all that! Thanks for putting it in my face again!

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