This week I was able to get something done that I have been putting off for quite a while. Getting my cooking magazines under control!!
By getting them under control, I already had a game plan that would not only clean up those magazines laying around, but would also make my menu planning a little bit easier each week. First, I sat down & went through all of the magazines I had been saving, or haven't even looked through yet. I took my time, and I clipped out the recipes that I really wanted to try. I organized them by category (main dish, sides, dessert, etc) in a Case-It binder that I filled with clear page protectors for whole pages & photo album inserts for recipe card sizes. I also pulled out my file folder where I kept all the recipes that I printed from the computer & organized them by category while I was at it. Then, all the magazines went into the recycling basket to be properly disposed of.
The Case-It binders are great - I use one for my coupon binder as well. I love that the rings are so large, so that you can store a whole bunch of things inside. I also love the expandable folders on the inside. This is where my recipe binder is going help me with menu planning. When I plan my menus each week, I will place the recipe in the folder that corresponds with the day. So, when it's time to make that day's meal I can just grab the recipe from the file folder & post it up on my menu board to get started.