How I organise all my favourite recipes

I LOVE to cook and bake for my family, there isn’t a week that goes by that I haven’t baked something delicious for afternoon tea or for their school lunchboxes.  I LOVE cookbooks, I honestly don’t need anymore than what I have, but a new one is always a welcome gift!

However, I am trying to reduce my collection as I have more cookbooks than shelf space.  There are quite a few that I have had for years that I only really like a select few recipes, so I am beginning to write them out and add them to my new recipe organisers (which are also available for you to purchase).  I can then purge what I no longer need. I will have an uncluttered shelf, or room for more cookbooks!

{The Organised Housewife} Recipe Organisers

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Recipe Organiser

Because I can foresee into the future that this organiser will fill up quickly, I have made two.  One for baking and one for cooking (dinners, slower cooker recipes etc).  Below is my baking folder.




I used a 50mm white insert 2 ring binder (from OfficeWorks), printing the spine and cover page and slipping them in to easily recognise which folder I need at a glance.



My brother also found a plastic binder my Nan must have put together for my Mum, filled with all her old recipes.  I have copied the recipes (so pleased to have some in her handwriting) and add them to my organiser, I will give the binder back to my brother.


Divider pages

In my organiser I have created dividers, for all the different types of food I cook.  This will just make it easier for me to find the type of recipe I feel like cooking.  As I want to keep all the recipes clean I am putting them into plastic sleeves.  I have laminated each divider, slipped it into the sleeve and put a sticky tab on the side for easy reference.  You may not need to laminate the divider if putting in the sleeve, but I like my divider pages being a little thicker (even some cardstock could do the trick).

There are over 50+ different dividers included.  You don’t have to print them all, just the ones relevant to you.  Divider pages:

Meat, Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Pork, Fish, Seafood, Pasta, Rice, Slow Cooker, Casseroles, Soups, Pizza, Sides, Vegetables, Eggs, Barbecues, Saucues, Baby Food, Vegetarian, Entree, Breakfast, Lunch, Mains, Snacks, Drinks, Baking, Biscuits, Cakes, Muffins, Cupcakes, Bars, Slices, Pies, Balls, Confectionery, Bread, Pastries, Spreads, Jams, Pickles & Chutney, Thermomix, Lunchbox snacks, Lunchbox Food, Afterschool snack, Cold Desserts, Warm Desserts, Frozen Desserts, Desserts, Birthday, Christmas, Easter, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free



blank recipe pages

I have included 3 different recipe pages in the Recipe Organiser.  1 page (3 colour options) is lined for you to handwrite your recipe, 2nd page is blank so you are not limited by lines and 3rd page is editable so you can type in your recipe (using Adobe Reader).


{The Organised Housewife} Recipe Organiser Binder - Recipe Pages

I have also printed quite a few of my favourite recipes from the blog.  Which are very easy to print out, this is how they look!


Also a tidy way to organise all the recipes you find from magazines


I have been meaning to make this for so long, I look forward to going through and adding in all my favourite recipes.

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Angela Woodall March 6, 2014 - 11:55 AM

I also have a binder for all my recipes I come across or have been handed down to me. It’s bursting at the seams so this is a great idea to split between two as I’ve been wondering how to go about resorting them. I do find, however, that the 4 ring binders work better as the sleeves just don’t seem to stand nicely in a 2 ring binder. I also did one for mum several years ago as a gift, retyping all her old recipes and adding in some of mine she liked. I made up some cool dividers and designed a front cover to slip in the plastic. She also has her old handwritten book back to keep for prosperity as there are a lot of old recipes handed down to her in it too.

Kat - The Organised Housewife March 6, 2014 - 6:49 PM

What a beautiful gift!

Leesa Watt March 6, 2014 - 7:33 PM

now when are you publishing that cook book

Kat - The Organised Housewife March 9, 2014 - 8:28 PM

Haha, you can find all the good ones on here already 😉

Jo March 7, 2014 - 12:44 PM

Hi Kat – Love this idea and particularly how pretty it is! I have a hodge-podge of handwritten, magazine and printed recipes but would love to get them all organised and reprinted… which sparks a random question – your stuff is always colourful and you obviously make and print your own labels and a million other things – do you have a recommendation for a good printer for home? We don’t have one at present and when we did I was horrified at how much ink cost and how often I had to order new ink (which I could only do online and then wait ages for it to arrive). Any suggestions on economical ways to set up a home printer situation? Do you find your kids print homework related stuff on it as well or do they do that at school? Just interested to know what works for you.
Thanks, and thanks for the site. With a 21 month old boy and another (over)due any day this site helps me keep pottering away at a calm and ordered home life.

Kat - The Organised Housewife March 10, 2014 - 10:34 AM

Yes I do rather love a good chart! I have a Lexmark I have found it’s economical on the ink and when the ink starts to get low I give the heads a clean (in the setting menu) and then they last a few more weeks. I purchased it from officeworks. However, the colour comparison is pretty poor, the colours I work with on the computer and the printed colours are very very different. Eg, the pretty tiffany blue in the recipe organiser prints sky blue on my printer. But… it works 🙂 Hope this helps.

Chloe March 31, 2014 - 2:19 PM

Hi Kat I purchased this download a week ago and finally got the binders. I can’t wait to start filling it up. Do you have a special way of getting the spine in? I managed to slip it in, in one folder but can’t seem to get it in the other. It’s driving me insane! Haha.

Joanne June 8, 2018 - 1:50 PM

I have found that if you print the spine onto light cardboard it’s much easier to insert, as it doesn’t scrunch up. And then open the folder so the whole thing is flat and you will find the spine is able to slip in much easier.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 11, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Great idea Joanne! Thanks for sharing

Wendy January 28, 2015 - 12:06 PM

Hi Kat, love this idea & think it’s great. I’m in need of a good recipe clean out, and not to mention all the ones I’m still yet to try.
Just wondering if you’ll be redesigning this in the new bright colours your changing to now?
As I would love to see it bright & colourful, think it helps the cooking mood ????

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2015 - 11:36 AM

Hi Wendy, Sorry at this stage i am keeping the colours and designs.

Deena February 5, 2015 - 8:22 AM

Hi Kat, I love the recipe designs – I’ve downloaded it and it is so handy!
I was just wondering, what font have you used on the folder? I’m trying to add extra dividers and want everything to look consistent.


Michelle June 6, 2015 - 10:51 PM

I absolutely love this! I was searching high and low for something as pretty at the shops to store all my favourite recipes.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 9, 2015 - 8:43 AM

Oh fantastic Michelle! I am so glad this has been posted at the perfect time for you.:)

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