{Organising} Recipes you are wanting to try

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Now that you have gathered a pile of recipes that you are wanting to cook, let’s get that pile organised.

This is my pile ready to organise.


  • Expanding file approx $5.99 (shown above)
  • Labels

I purchased my file from Kmart.  You may already have a label machine at home such as a Dymo or you could use address labels cut in half or simply write on each divider with a Nikko pen.


1. Label each divider as follows, or as you please:

  • Baking
  • Dessert
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
  • Soup
  • Easy Dinner
  • Salads
  • Entertaining
  • Lunchbox
  • Easter
  • Christmas

2. Divide your pile of recipes amongst each category.

  • If you have a recipe you would like to use on both sides just file the recipe you are wanting to cook first.
  • Or create a photocopy of the page behind to then place in its own category.

3. Print this cover and place on the front of folder. Click HERE to download.

Now you will have a beautifully organised system for recipes you are wanting to try.


When your not sure what to cook for dinner or you maybe feeling creative, go to this folder and choose one of the recipes you are wanting to try.

When you have cooked a recipe from the folder you have two choices:

  1. You or the family don’t like it, throw out the recipe.
  2. You all love it, then this recipe is a keeper.  Place it into a family favourites recipe folder, which will be discussed in tomorrow’s post.
  • Remember to always look on the back of the page, there maybe a recipe that interests you.
  • You could use the system above but use a ring binder folder with dividers.

 Once I have found a recipe that I love I move it to my Recipe Organiser

Recipe Organiser

Read more about the Recipe Organiser here


{The Organised Housewife} Recipe Organisers


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Jenni October 15, 2010 - 11:11 PM

I am glad of this challenge but will no way get it complete in a week as I have that many magazines to go through! Will give it a try though!
I currently file my recipes in display folders as they are easy to flick through and the recipe is covered by wipe-able plastic if it gets spilt on while cooking!
Must get some more now I come to think of it….!
Thanks for the challenges – keep them coming!

Katrina - The Organi October 16, 2010 - 1:39 AM

Glad you like the challenge Jenni, but as long as you have made a start you can enter!!

I have a display type folder as well to keep all my family favourite recipes. But for receipes that you haven't tried yet (and more than likely won't get around to anytime soon) this is a great alternative. Then once you have tried and enjoyed it, then it's worth keeping in a proper folder.

Cheryl L Harris June 25, 2012 - 6:07 PM

I have been wanting to organise my multiple boxes of recipes for years…Thanks so much for this idea, looks like next weekend has been decided!!

Katrina June 25, 2012 - 7:59 PM

It will make it so much easier to find something!

Sallee7675 June 26, 2012 - 7:02 PM

This is a great idea which has certainly motivated me to get my big pile of untried recipes out and doing some serious sorting!  Thanks

Katrina June 27, 2012 - 2:09 AM

It will make it so much easier for you.

Leila October 15, 2010 - 11:34 PM

Great idea although most of my recipes i download i can make a digital version of this which will make things much easier to find when i'm looking for a way to use that meat i have out in a different way… or when i'm looking to use up a heap of veg before it goes bad but don't want soup or casserole.

Sarah May 20, 2011 - 12:43 PM

Great idea! I started a lever arch folder for this ages ago, but needed to stick recipes on paper to file it away, so have never finished it coz it’s too fiddly. This looks much quicker and I like your idea of putting the favourites into a display folder 🙂


Adalita May 28, 2011 - 7:46 AM

This is such a great idea! I love it! I will do this ASAP so that my new kitchen will be uncluttered. I already have 2 A4 folders filling up with recipes and 100’s of magazine to cut up.

Grace May 12, 2012 - 7:32 PM

Home alone tonight, and I finally got my recipe folder together yah.
thank you for the great idea

Kazem June 25, 2012 - 3:44 PM

I have laminated my recipes so they are more durable & easy to clean – I am a messy cook!!!

Katrina June 25, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Clever idea!!

Christine Mogg June 25, 2012 - 4:21 PM

i cut out teh recipe and stick into a scrap book   –  i label the scrap books like the folder. When I do  my meal planner I pull out the recipes I want to use  –  if they get the **** approval form my family thet get typed up on a recipe card, laminated and put in a card file box –  if not they get binned!

Katrina June 25, 2012 - 7:59 PM

Great idea, process of elimination!!

I_bondgirl July 19, 2012 - 2:37 PM

Thanks for this.  I need to redo my recipe folder.  I’m now going to put what I like into the folder and if the family likes it, i will put it into my recipe folder.

Suzanne Crawford Mutzelburg September 5, 2012 - 4:23 PM

This is such a great idea – it will work so much better than what I was doing!

Katrina Christophers September 6, 2012 - 10:21 AM

my partner already had something like this when we first met three years ago, now there is another tab in there ‘babies food”, this is for miss 1’s food

Giovanna Scott September 14, 2012 - 4:26 PM

I need something like this but for art techniques, ideas and inspiration.

Suzi Del Popolo August 16, 2013 - 9:47 AM

I have been doing this for years, now adding recipes I have printed from the net, however I use a series of cheap plastic display folders so that I can flip through for inspiration and if it passes muster it gets removed and placed into my recipe book/folder. At back to school sales these folders are only 20cents and easy to add or remove pages from the sleeves!

Leanne Petersohn September 18, 2013 - 12:18 PM

I do something similar but I put the recipes into plastic sleeve protectors and then store them in a lever arch file. I also put file dividers in between for different categories like baking, main meals, freezer friendly etc.
If there is a page with several recipes but I only want to use one, then I will type that recipe into a Word doc, then once I have a few of them I print them out (double sided to save paper) and then pop them into the folder as well 🙂

Katrina September 21, 2013 - 9:09 AM

I have that many recipes now my folder is loosing shape and I have just started putting them all into lever arch folders very similar to how you have explained Leanne (good minds!!!!)


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