SAVE SPACE. SAVE TIME.
Have lots of cookbooks covered with dust bunnies? Has it been years since you’ve opened one of your cookbooks? If so, this de-clutter project is just for you! It is time to get rid of those cookbooks just lying around and taking up space. If you haven’t opened it in the past year, it is time to say good-bye! If you only use a couple of recipes out of a cookbook, it is also time to say good-bye! Given a cookbook as a gift? Feel guilty getting rid of it? Don’t! This is not a good enough reason to hang onto it. Cookbooks not being used to cook from are just taking up space and attracting dust! Follow this simple game plan and be on your way to creating a clutter-free kitchen!
- page markers (I used sticky notes)
1. Decide what handful of cookbooks you can’t part with
Only keep those that have special meaning or that you actually use. I am giving you permission to get rid of ones that someone gave you but you don’t use! I kept 7, but probably should get rid of three more!
2. The ones you are willing to part with, look through them and bookmark any recipes you want to keep
3. Photo copy those recipes, type them up on a computer, or write them on a recipe card.
There’s no reason to keep a whole cookbook when you use only a few recipes out of it. I typed my recipes up and looked for them on the internet by typing the name of the cookbook followed by the recipe name and found most of them! This saved me A LOT of typing time!
Two of my cookbooks I could get a $1 for on an internet site and the rest I put in our garage sale box.
5. Enjoy the space you freed up!
6. Check back tomorrow to find out how to organize and better utilize your recipes!