November 17, 2014
How to Organize Cookbooks for Better Menu Planning
This week’s organizing task is COOKBOOKS (November’s cleaning and organizing calendar is here). Take a little time this week to sort and organize your cookbooks ahead of the busy holiday season.
I am a cookbook collector and I love to cook and bake. When we were house shopping, I knew our house was meant to be when I saw the bookshelves around the refrigerator. A cookbook collector’s dream, right?!
Did you know that having a little order in your cookbooks can help you with meal planning? (If you don’t have cookbooks to sort this week, you could sort out your Pinterest meal boards to help with your menu planning or you could work on a recipe binder.)
HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR COOKBOOKS FOR BETTER MENU PLANNING AND SO YOU’LL USE THEM:
- Only have cookbooks that you use or will use – gift or donate cookbooks you know longer use.
- Group like cookbooks with like cookbooks – baking, desserts, family meals, holidays, by author, by type of cooking (paleo, make ahead, healthy, etc.)
- Haven’t used a cookbook for awhile? Plan your meals for a week from ONE cookbook – this is a great way to test out a new cookbook or to get out of a cooking rut.
- Mark your favorite recipes with flags or Post-Its – if you look hard enough you’ll see lots of flags sticking out of my cookbooks. Makes it easy to be reminded of those favorite recipes and it’s easier to find the recipes.
- Make notes in your cookbooks – don’t be afraid to add your changes to recipes.
- PLAN your meals – I take a little time on Fridays to map out the meals for the next week. Having a plan for meal planning is so helpful – it saves time AND money. (Here’s my favorite menu planning kit in my shop.)
- Keep a basket or container with a couple cookbooks you want to use in the coming week to keep them accessible.