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Challenge #1: organize it!

In case you've missed it, violetvale is hosting some challenges to get us inspired and motivated. The first one was to find something that needed organizing ... and organize it.

Here's where I admit that I'm not always that great at reading directions. Like the bit about "post pictures of your project by midnight on May 19th."


My project of choice is further proof that I'm not lying about being food obsessed. Ya'll are organizing offices and bathrooms and pantries and cars: I'm organizing an 8" high stack of recipes.

Eight inches. This is kind of ridiculous. Because I also have a full complement of cookbooks.

Here's what happens: I find recipes in a cookbook that doesn't belong to me, and I make a copy. I print out recipes I find online (oh, Pinterest.) I tear them out of magazines. They get thrown on this pile. Theoretically, they end up in the appropriately labeled folder (pies, cookies, quick breads, breads, breakfast, sides, main dishes, desserts, cakes, drinks/appetizers, and that ever-helpful "misc") but even if that happens, it's still a challenge to find what I'm looking for if I have a specific recipe in mind.

My goal is to get each recipe into the correct folder and then make subdivisions within each folder - so breakfast might contain a section for pancakes, egg dishes, fruits, biscuits, and so on. I know there's no way I can get the whole stack done by the end of this month, but I'd like to at least make enough of a start to keep me motivated to finish it sooner rather than later. :)


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May. 20th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Ooh, good choice! I have a horrible pile of recipes, too, that could use some fixin'. Perhaps you will inspire me to tackle it.
May. 20th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
Sorry, you're disqualified due to lateness! ;)

This is a great idea!
May. 20th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
I totally deserve to be disqualified!
May. 20th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
If I was to do this project, I would be organising computer files. Because I don't cut things out of magazines; I save obsessively off the internets.
May. 21st, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
I'm scared to store things on teh interwebs/computer. Like, I'm paranoid that pinterest will disappear and I will never remember all those beautiful things I want to make!
May. 22nd, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
I've contemplated, once I have more room (and a working printer *fume*), printing out and filing at least the recipes that I try and like. My Bento recipe database was awesome because I could search by keyword and so forth, but said database is on the hard drive in my broken computer. Dan eventually is going to take the hard drive out and put it in our external hard drive, so I haven't lost anything, but it IS annoying to not have access to it in the meantime!

I like using binders with plastic sheets. Easy to wipe clean! ;-)
May. 20th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
LOL at myself! I started reading this post from the bottom up on my friends page, and for some reason concluded it belonged to someone else. I was so surprised to find it belonged to you! M., you just didn't seem to be the sort of gal I would have supposed would have let your unfiled paper recipe clippings climb to an 8-inch stack (albeit a neat stack). You warm my heart!
May. 20th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
The majority of them ARE in the right folder... but you know how hard it is to search through an entire folder of dessert recipes looking for that one brownie that I made that time three years ago? Yeah.
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May. 20th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't like digital recipes. The more covered in food stains they are, the better - and I like to add notes each time I make something.
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May. 20th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Cool project! I love your basil & olive oil folder. :-D
May. 21st, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
The MOST fun thing is decorating the fronts. :D
May. 21st, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
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