Day 12 - Recipes and Menu Plans {31 Cheap & Easy DIY Organizers} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 12 - Recipes and Menu Plans {31 Cheap & Easy DIY Organizers}

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day 12 - Recipes and Menu Plans {31 Cheap & Easy DIY Organizers}

Think you have to spend a lot of money on costly organizing tools to get your house in order?  Nope!  Getting organized doesn't have to be expensive!

Throughout this series I'm sharing ideas to help you organize your home by either

  • making simple organizers with things that don't cost very much OR
  • using items you already have in a different way.
If cost has been holding you back from getting organized, now you've got no more excuses!  

Today I want to talk about recipe organizers and menu planning organizers.  The cheap and easy DIY kinds.  A lot of people plan their weekly menu on Sundays so I thought this was the perfect day to look at ways to organize recipes and menu plans.  Here are a few of my favourite DIY ideas!

  • Here's a cheap and easy DIY recipe organizer for all the printed recipes you have.  You can group your recipes together with a ribbon or binder rings.  It can be as fancy or simple as you'd like.  But at least they are all in one place.

Motoristin Mutsi

  • Another cheap and easy DIY organizer for your recipes is a recipe binder.  There are tons of tutorials and printables online to help you do this, but basically all you need is a binder and a 3-whole punch to get started.  You can make your recipe binder as fancy as you'd like, but the point is to gather your recipes in one place to make meal planning easier.  You can even include meal planning resources in your recipe binder.  If you want to make a really pretty and organized binder, you can check out my friend Alli's kitchen binder.  She did a 31 Days series last year that was all about organizing her kitchen and during that series she shared all kinds of beautiful printables so you can create your own recipe binder, or a full fledged kitchen binder that includes things like meal planning, cleaning, and other kitchen organizing printables.  The link below this photo has all her kitchen organizing printables so scroll down to find what you need.  You can also check out her 31 Days to a Clean & Organized Kitchen series from last year for more details on how she uses her binder and printables. 

Scattered Squirrel

  • Just like with recipe binders, there are also a lot of menu planning tutorials and DIY organizers online.  Here's one that I like.  It's a DIY magnetic menu plan board.  Click the link below the picture for the tutorial. 

Mom of 6 on I'm An Organizing Junkie

So if you're creating a meal plan today for the week ahead, why not take a bit of time and create a cheap & easy DIY recipe organizer or meal planner too?!  It will make the planning and cooking process easier in the long run!

I haven't written much about organizing recipes or DIY menu plans, but I've pinned a lot of great ideas!

Check out my Meal Planning & Couponing board for DIY menu planning organizers, or my Kitchen Organizing board for recipe organizing ideas.

You can find lots of other cheap and easy DIY organizers on my DIY Organizers board on Pinterest.  Make sure you're following me on Pinterest so you don't miss any DIY organizer ideas!

How do you organize your recipes?  Have you DIY'd something for recipes or meal planning?  Please share your ideas and pictures in the comments so we can all be inspired!

Happy {Cheap & Easy DIY} organizing!

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  1. I put all my recipes in 4x6 photo albums. I do need to redo them and get them reorganized. Thanks for all the great ideas to get this done. Cathy

    1. A photo album is a great idea Cathy! They're so cheap and people have them laying around the house a lot of times. Do you group them by category in the album?

  2. What great ideas. It just shows that there is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to organizing!

    1. You're absolutely right Kim! It's very individualized. And it changes all the time, which is another reason I like sharing all these ideas :)


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