Home In Order
A Recipe for Success
Winter days in February mean cocooning time, which usually means more time in the kitchen. Getting a handle on all of your favorite recipes can be a challenge. How frustrating is it when you can't find gram's tried-and-true meatloaf recipe for that last pound of ground beef in the freezer?! If you have old scraps of newspaper, magazine pages, post-it notes with friends' hastily scribbled recipes all stuffed in a drawer or in one of those old index card boxes, or dog-eared cookbooks with little pieces of paper crammed in between the pages, you are not alone! Now is a great time to get it all organized, so here are some tips to make your time in the kitchen a little less harried and a little more efficient.
- You will need a 1.5 to 2-inch, 3-ring binder, one or two sets of tabbed dividers, and an assortment of heavy-weight page protectors, both full-page and those that are divided in sections (designed for items like photos and CD's), and one three-hole punched plastic pocket.
- Sort through all of your recipes, keeping those you use and discarding those that you know are too complicated, or that you've tried and not loved, or that you know you will never have the occasion to use. If that recipe for bacon-flavored doughnuts has been sitting unused in your recipe file for several years, it's time to face reality and let it go!
- As you sort and purge, divide your recipes into categories. These categories should be ones that are tailored to the way you like to cook. It may be categories like beef dishes, poultry dishes, veggies, starches, desserts and appetizers. Or main dishes, side dishes and salads. You may need more categories for baking, if that's your passion. Whatever term comes to mind when you go looking for that recipe later should be the category under which you file it. Keep your categories somewhat broad - fewer categories will make it easier to maintain your system.
- Label the tabbed dividers with your categories.
- Put each recipe into a page-protector. You can generally put two recipes back-to-back in each page-protector if only the recipe on one side is important. For those smaller pieces of paper, like index cards and post-it notes, use the divided page-protectors.
- Place your recipes, now in page-protectors, into their designated categories in your binder. Only those recipes that are tried-and-true belong in these sections!
- Label the plastic pocket "To Be Tried", or "Possibilities", and put it in the front of the binder. In this pocket go recipes that you haven't yet tried for future use. When you clip a new recipe, put it in this pocket until you've tried it. Make a point, every six months to a year, to go through this pocket and get rid of any recipes that you know you won't use, or that didn't work for your family.
- Put extra page protectors at the end of the binder so that you can "promote" any new recipe to its permanent section when you've tried it and it works in your life.
- For those cookbooks that only have one or two valued recipes that are regularly used, make photocopies of those recipes, pop them into your binder, and donate the cookbook.
- And one more tip to make the holidays a little more organized: Separate out all those holiday recipes and put them into a smaller binder of a different color. Divide into sections according to holiday, and everything will be at your fingertips when you go to prepare for that special holiday meal or party.
Whether you love spending time in your kitchen, or you want to get in and out as quickly as possible, having your recipes organized and ready when you need them makes everything run more smoothly!
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Conquering Paper Clutter
Is the day-to-day influx of paper that comes into your home threatening to take over your living space and your life? In this workshop, Lisa will offer strategies that will help you organize that paper and gain control.
- Learn how to establish a household information center that will keep important papers at your fingertips.
- Find out how to manage incoming mail and other paperwork.
- Discover what filing systems are available to help you retain and retrieve those important documents.
- Be able to reclaim your kitchen countertop, dining room table, desktop, or any place that has become overwhelmed by paper clutter.
Workshop fee: $20
Space is limited, so you must register in advance. To register, click here.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
6:30 - 8:00 pm
East Bay Chamber of Commerce
16 Cutler St.
Organizing for Busy Moms
Lisa speaks to the North Attleboro Mom's Club about organizing tips for moms of babies and toddlers.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Making Your Kitchen Work
Kitchen Organizing Secrets from a Professional Organizer
- Find out how to organize your kitchen tools and your food supplies so that you can find what you need when you need it.
- Save money and improve nutrition by cutting back on take-out meals because you will be able to plan and prepare meals in less time and with less hassle.
- Discover the best organizing tools and systems for the kitchen so that you can purchase what will make your kitchen work.
Learn how to make your kitchen a streamlined and efficient space so that you can reduce your stress and enjoy your time with your family in the heart of your home!
There is no charge for this seminar, but registration is required due to limited space. To register, click here.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Center Ace Hardware
156 County Rd.
Get Your Home IN ORDER
Want to get organized, but don't know where to start? Come to this workshop by professional organizer Lisa Griffith of The Organized Way, and discover the IN ORDER system for getting your home organized.
- Learn Lisa's signature IN ORDER system so that you will be able to start the organizing process quickly and easily.
- Discover how to organize your home so that you can feel confident that you will find WHAT you need WHEN you need it.
- Stop wasting time and money due to disorganization and start focusing on what's important to you and your life.
Monday, March 19, 2012
7:00 - 8:00 pm
41 Grove Ave.
E. Providence, RI
In order, in joy,
Lisa S. Griffith
The Organized Way