I have memories of my mother keeping a notebook with handwritten recipes. Not once, but several times during my childhood, I had the pleasant task of rewriting the recipes into a fresh notebook, as she liked them neatly handwritten and organized. I loved reading her notes in the margins about adjustments to the ingredients, cooking instructions, or the names of the people from whom she received the recipes. Those were the days before computers and the many other handy tools now available in the home to make organizing simpler. Since I got married and started keeping my own home, I have adopted a simple method for keeping MY recipes in order. I use binders for organizing many areas of my life, including my recipes. If your recipes require some organization, try this. You will need a heavy-duty binder, sheet protectors, and dividers. Depending on the size of your recipe collection, you might require more than one binder. In fact, I have two: one solely dedicated to desserts and the other for all other courses. As you can probably tell, I have a sweet tooth (and LOVE baking!)
Use the dividers to create sections for your cookbooks: appetizers, entrees, soups, cocktails, desserts, Pesach, etc. In my desserts binder, I uhave the following sections: cookies, cakes, tarts & pies, bars, and Pesach. You can get as detailed as you wish.
Insert each recipe into a sheet protector. I love the fact that my recipes are protected in plastic. That way, when you are following a recipe, you will not need to worry about schmutzing it up. I often take recipes out of the sheet protectors and make notes about changes to the recipe that I made or what should be done differently next time (just like my mother did and still does).
Like with all good things, you need to maintain the order you create. Every time you insert a new recipe, consider reviewing what you already have and see if there are any recipes that need to be discarded.
Are your recipes organized? Tell us how!