Complete Organizing Recipe Binder

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Say goodbye to scattered disorganized recipes and create your own organizing recipe binder. I’ll teach you how to organize a recipe binder not only for optimal recipe storage but to save time on meal planning as well. 

How to organize a recipe binder

Culinary inspiration can strike at any moment, whether it’s from a cooking show, a family gathering, Pinterest, or an online recipe blog. But with the plethora of recipes available, both digitally and in print, it’s easy for them to become scattered and disorganized. Enter the Ultimate Meal Planning Recipe Binder Kit – a timeless and efficient solution to keep your culinary creations in order.

There are lots of ways to organize your recipes, but if you want to optimize your Meal Planning, a Recipe Binder is a game changer! This combination Meal Planning Recipe Binder Kit keeps everything at your fingertips so you can quickly pull together your menu and shopping list for the week. Meal Planning is so much easier with a Recipe Binder!

Sample recipe binder page

How to Use a Meal Planning Recipe Binder

Here’s how I use my binder weekly to plan our family meals and create our grocery list:

  • Grab a Meal Planning Sheet from inside the back cover.
  • Flip through my Recipe Binder, select a few meals I’ve previously made and record them on my Meal Planning Sheet.
  • Look up the meal recipes in the binder and jot down the ingredients on the Grocery Shopping List.
  • Done! I’ve created both my Weekly Meal Plan AND my Grocery List at the same time!

In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the steps to create an organizing recipe binder that will enable you to locate your recipes quickly, complete a Weekly Meal Plan in record time, and make cooking a more enjoyable and stress-free experience.

What you’ll love about this recipe binder:


  • TIME SAVER – With all your favorite family recipes and meal-planning sheets conveniently stored together, you’ll have everything at your fingertips to get the menu and shopping list completed quickly.
  • ORGANIZATION – Easily locate any recipe in record time making it possible to get dinner on the table quickly every night.
  • ACCOMMODATES ALL TYPES OF RECIPES – Slip recipes of all kinds into the sleeve protectors and add to your binder including pages from magazines, printed from a blog, or a handwritten recipe card passed down through your family. If it will fit in a sheet protector, it can be organized in your recipe binder!
Favorite Dinners in Binder

Not Your Ordinary Recipe Binder Kit

I scoured the internet for the perfect organizing recipe binder but soon came to realize the Ultimate Meal Planning Recipe Binder Kit only existed in my brain. So, I decided to create it myself. In addition to organizing my recipes, I wanted this binder to be a complete tool kit for Meal Planning and grocery shopping while being functional, and I wanted it to look pretty, too.

Then I thought, if my recipes were a mess there must be others out there looking for a solution as well. I was determination to ensure that this binder not only met my own exacting standards but also exceeded any expectations you might have. I must admit—I was absolutely elated with the outcome of this project!

Ultimate Printable Recipe Binder Kit

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Gather Your Supplies

Let’s start by gathering the supplies needed for making your Recipe Binder Kit.

Pick your binder

Depending on how many recipes you have, I recommend a 1.5-inch to 2-inch binder. Be sure to get one with pockets inside the front and back covers. You’ll use these to store printed Meal Planning Sheets and “on trial” recipes (more on that later). Choose a binder with clear cover pockets to slip in a custom cover and spine, or select one with a design you love. Here are a few options for you to choose from:

Other Supplies You’ll Need

  • Sheet Protectors – Don’t skip these! With every page sleeved in these protective sheets, your recipes will be easy to wipe clean if something accidentally gets splattered on them.
  • White Cardstock – I like to print my Category Divider Pages on heavy cardstock. This makes it a little easier to get to a specific category when flipping through the binder.
  • Sticky Repositionable Tabs – I prefer to purchase repositionable write-on tabs instead of making my own. They are pretty, and I don’t have to cut out or laminate anything making them a huge time saver!
  • Sharpie Markers or Sharpie Gel Pens – These are my favorite pens for labeling the tabs. They write smoothly and the ink doesn’t smear.

How to Make an Organizing Recipe Binder

Print and Sort

  1. Decorate the outside of your binder. Select the cover option you prefer, and print it along with the back cover and spine option. Cut out the spine size that matches your binder, and slide the printed covers and spine into the clear pockets of your binder.
  2. Sort and sleeve your recipes. Gather all of your loose recipes, whether they’re printed from the internet, torn from magazines, or written on scraps of paper. Sort them into categories based on cuisine type, meal course, or dietary preferences. Once categorized, place them in the sheet protectors.
  3. Print the dividers. Print all 36 Category Divider pages from the Ultimate Meal Planning Recipe Binder Kit or print only the category pages that fit your recipe collection. Customize your organizing recipe binder to fit your needs! You can order the categories in any way that makes sense to you. Arrange them alphabetically, by meal type, or put the categories you use most often in the front. Make it yours!

Recipes and Tabs

  1. Add the recipes. Insert the sleeved recipes into the appropriate sections of the binder. Use the dividers to clearly separate each category making every recipe easy to locate.
  2. Add the write-on tabs to the divider pages. I recommend adding the tabs after you’ve determined the order of your categories. This allows you to space the tabs so they are easy to read.

Organize the Extras

  1. Inside front cover. Before I add a recipe to my binder, I like to try it a couple of times and decide if it’s a keeper or not. I store these “on trial” recipes in the inside front cover pocket of my binder. If it’s not a keeper, I throw it out. If the family loves it, I sleeve it and add it to the binder in the correct category.
  2. Extra sheet protectors. To keep them handy, I store 10-20 extra sheet protectors at the end of my binder behind all of the recipes.
  3. Inside back cover. This is where I keep my Meal Planning Sheets. Once every couple of months I print several Grocery Store Lists and Meal Planning Sheets and tuck them in the back pocket. This saves me time since I don’t have to print them each week.
  4. Substitutions and Conversion Charts. Add these additional resources anywhere in your binder for quick reference. I like to keep mine in sheet protectors right in the front of all the recipes for easy access.

Tips & Tricks

  • Adding recipes to your binder: Don’t put every new recipe into your binder immediately. Try the recipe a few times first. Then if it becomes a family favorite, place it into a sheet protector and add it to your binder in the corresponding category.
  • Edit regularly: A couple of times a year I flip through my binder cover to cover and remove recipes I no longer make. This also helps me to discover old favorites I may not have cooked in a while.
  • Create a Table of Contents: Use the Favorites Inventory Sheets to create a list of all the recipes in your binder. Having a list of your favorite dinner ideas will speed up the meal-planning process.
  • Make multiple binders: If you have a large recipe collection, consider making a binder for different types of foods such as a Baking Binder, Dinners, or Desserts.

Now that you know how to organize a recipe binder, it’s time to make one for yourself!

Recipe Binder

Get my Ultimate Meal Planning Recipe Binder Kit

Introducing the Ultimate Recipe Binder Kit – your all-in-one solution to optimizing your recipe storage and meal planning. With this comprehensive kit, you’ll have everything you need to curate, organize, and plan meals for your family. You’ll also preserve your culinary creations for generations to come.


Recipe Binders make a great gift!

For a special and unique gift, consider giving a custom recipe binder. When our son got married I made one of these Recipe Binders for him and our daughter-in-law. I chose a binder in a color that matched their kitchen decor and included some of my son’s favorite recipes, some family holiday meals, and some empty sheet protectors so they could start building their recipe collection.

Recipe Binders are a great gift idea for any of these occasions:

  • Wedding/Bridal Shower
  • Graduation
  • House Warming
  • First Apartment

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