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As I am getting settled in our new place, and trying to get my life together in this new kitchen, I have a GAZILLION recipes and books I have to tackle. When I visited my grandmother in the Spring she gave me a bag full of her old recipes and cookbooks also. So yeah. I have my work cut out for me.
If you missed the last Happy Kitchen Project post, Tina and Brooke made some gorgeous ombre dining room chairs. Do you remember the beautiful ombre tea towels they made? I spy a theme here. If you are just joining us, check out what we have been up to all month and get the deets on the Happy Kitchen Project here.
I’ve found that keeping recipes and cookbooks organized make for a happy kitchen, because you have easy access to what you are looking for. Clutter doesn’t make anyone happy. It’s also something many people struggle with, especially those of us who are
hoarders collectors. So today I’m sharing some ideas I’ve found around the web to keep your recipes organized. So you can focus more on cooking…and eating!
I currently keep my cookbooks in a crate. This crate was given to me as a birthday gift from my mother. It was passed down from her father’s grandparents who ran a successful catering business in Montclair, New Jersey. The Crate now lives on our kitchen counter and we keep our favorite cookbooks (for the moment) in it. I need to find a better storage system for my larger books, like textbooks from culinary school that I kept, and also my stray recipes. The bag my grandmother gave me has some OLD recipes in it. Some magazine clippings from as early as the 40’s.
I love the simplicity of the traditional recipe box. This one by The Farm Chicks is really beautiful. Do you know how long I would have to sit and write to transfer al of my recipes to index cards? This is great for someone who wants to save on space, or is just starting their recipe collection.
I love this simple side shelving by Simply Organized. This could really work for my book collection. Even the heavier ones.
I also love to store recipes on Pepperplate. For those of you who don’t have time for cookbooks, and recipes (the actual papers) this is the best storage solution I’ve seen! No clutter. Just a simple and beautiful DIY tablet holder, so you can have all of your recipes at the touch of a button…and watch our new YouTube channel that will be launching next month while you cook. I had to throw that in there! Check out the tutorial on making this awesome tablet holder by Mamie Jane.
Here are a few more I thought were neat:
A family menu board, by RobbyGurl’s Creations
Using magazine files in a pantry, by Two Twenty One
Using crown molding to make a cookbook wall, by 5 Second Rule. In my dream home I would do this. some of my cookbooks really are works of art. I would love to display them like this.
What did you think? Do you see any storage options that may work for your kitchen? tell me in the comments.
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Kneading and Reading,