Thursday, February 28, 2013

Organizing Your Cookbooks

Who knew that all of those recipe books were hiding in my buffet? Only me! It was simply another one of those projects that I kept thinking I'll work on it later. And everyone knows "later" never works out well. A couple of years ago, I did a massive sort with my cookbooks and I was able to sell many of them on a garage sale. Since I love to cook and bake, I felt some sort of attachment to my cookbooks! (I know, it's weird). Many of them are old, family members have written cute little notes in them and I didn't want to part with them. But when I took them out and saw my cookbook disaster, I quickly changed my mind.  

I started this project by giving myself limits. I used the top shelf in the buffet for my favorite cookbooks that I actually use. The bottom shelf is for our blog information and family recipes. My first rule in throwing away was to throw away any loose papers, you know the internet recipes, magazine, newspaper recipes or those free recipe brochures that I've picked up at the grocery store. Next were the recipe books that I haven't touched in the last year (or ever), I am donating those. Remember to picture what you want it to look like in the end. By the time I was finished I was left with only the items that I use or those that have a special meaning to me.

4 hours later
Even though this can be a time consuming project, once you are finished it's worth it!  This was the last organizing project left in my kitchen. I love the feeling when everything is sorted and organized. So get started before the weather is too nice, you can do this!! And don't forget to share your organizing tips with us, we love to hear from you!
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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