- First, we took everything down, all the books, magazines, loose recipes, appliance info, coupons, and menus.
- Then we reshelved the cookbooks by grouping them in these categories from left to right: baking, cooking with kids, quick and easy meals, booklets, miscellaneous, and basic cookbooks.
- We looked through the loose recipes, deciding what to keep. We placed them in plastic sleeves in a three-ring binder. (See "Recipe Keeper" above.)
- We gathered all the coupons in a plastic organizer and stacked the menus in a similar plastic envelope.
- We began looking through the cooking magazines and clipping only those recipes that Emily was sure she wanted to make. (I stored the rest of the magazines on a low bookshelf for Emily to review as time allowed.)
- Finally, I took the appliance info to the basement.
My daughter, Emily, keeps her cookbooks in a cabinet above the stove. When I visited last week, she mentioned that I might help her organize it, so when her two-year old was sleeping and the twins were still at school, we got started. Here's what we did.