Between now and the end of the year I’ll be offering suggestions for ways to bring order to areas of your home where clutter may persist in returning.
Once upon a time, your collection of cookbooks may have been your sole source for meal ideas. Nowadays, you may rely on a few favorites and the recipes that you print from the internet.
If you have cookbooks on your shelves for the sake of a couple of recipes, consider photocopying or hand copying the recipe and save yourself the space an entire book takes up.
If you have a stash of recipes printed from the Internet as well as clipped from newspapers and magazines, consider storing them in an accordion folder, labeling each section for a different category of dish.
This method saves you from rewriting recipes onto index cards that fit in a binder. However, only include recipes that you've tried and enjoyed. Keep recipes that you haven't yet tried clipped together and make a point of trying a new recipe each week. (And if that sounds overwhelming, then limit printing out recipes with the self-knowledge that you're unlikely to cook or bake the dishes.)
Susan, chief (and only) organized squirrel at A Less Cluttered Life, pursues learning, practicing, and sharing information about the everyday habits that can lead to living a better life.