Recipe Binder Organization & Duo Binder Giveaway ~ Organize Your Kitchen Frugally Day 30

Welcome to Day 30 of my month long series “How to Organize Your Kitchen Frugally in 31 Days”.  Every day during the month of October I will be sharing an organized space in my kitchen with you.  My goal is to inspire you and give you ideas on how you can organize your kitchen.

If you missed it, you may want to read why I’m embracing my outdated kitchen.  It might give you a little perspective on why the pictures of my kitchen organization won’t be “magazine worthy”, but helpful for real life organization.

How to Organize Your Kitchen Frugally

If you’ve been following this series from the beginning, you may be wondering why the posts ended on the 29th day.  Sometimes life just happens and you have to roll with it.  Sickness set in and prevent me from getting the last two posts published on time.  I hope you understand the delay and that you’ll still enjoy the last two posts. :)

Today I’m showing you how I organize recipes.  One thing I really enjoy is trying new recipes.  I get so inspired whenever I look at recipe boards on Pinterest or peruse the tantalizing pictures in my recipe books.  Do you have stacks of recipe magazines, piles of printed recipes, or hoards of handwritten recipe cards?

There are so many ways to organize all those recipes, but one of my favorite ways is to keep a family recipe binder.  What is in my binder?  The recipes my family loves, the meals we eat frequently, and recipes we want to try.

Printable Recipe Binder

If you have been following my blog, you’ve probably heard me talk about the Duo Binder in the past.  If you are new here, I’m happy to introduce you to the Duo!  It is a dual purpose binder: a 3-ring binder on one side and a 7-pocket accordion file on the other side.  It is my FAVORITE binder to use for organizing recipes!

I work closely with the folks at Inoventions, and when I told them I was going to be sharing my recipe binder with you, they were happy to offer some Duo Binders (and a great bonus!) to YOU so you can make a recipe binder (or whatever other binder you wish) for your family!

I’m also giving away my new Recipe Binder Printable Kit for each winner of the giveaway!

Let’s look at how I organize my binder.  These are the supplies I used:

Weekly Meal Planning in a Recipe Binder

I labeled the dividers:

  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Recipes to Try (front of tab)/Entertaining (back of tab)
  • Appetizers
  • Breads
  • Main Dishes
  • Sides
  • Vegetables
  • Desserts

The front section of the binder is where I keep our favorite meal plans for breakfasts, lunches, or dinners.  Why reinvent the wheel?  If something works well, why not make it simple?  It’s surprising how difficult it can be to make an entire meal that all six of us like.  So if I make a meal that we all like, I definitely want to make it again!

Make Meal Planning Easy

I made a planning printable for Favorite Breakfasts, Favorite Lunches, and Favorite Dinners.  I keep the printables in the front of each section accordingly.  It makes meal planning simple!  Behind the planning pages, I keep the recipes for an entire meal on a single page.  I only print the whole thing out if I have time, so not all of our favorite meal plans have made it to the binder yet.

Meal Planning Made Easy

On the planning printable, there is a place to note the recipe source and the time it takes to prepare the meal.  It’s a great reference and is easy to glance through when planning.  If I haven’t had time to type up the recipes for a particular meal plan, I can still find the recipes since I noted the source on the printable.

Family Favorite Meal Plans

Since I keep our family’s favorite meals in my binder, I put a copy of my Weekly Menu Planner in the very front.  When I’m planning my weekly menu, I don’t need to constantly wrack my brain for meal ideas.  I can easily flip to the section I need, check out our favorites, and plan our menu simply.

How to Meal Plan with a Recipe Binder

I keep my Quick Dinners printable on the left side of each page protector in the “Dinners” section.  When we’re short on time or have a busy week, it’s easy to choose from meals we like that don’t take much time to prepare.

Keeping Track of Family Favorite Quick Dinners

Now that we’ve covered what I keep in the front section of the binder, let’s look at the rest of it.  As I said, I love looking at and trying new recipes.  I print them from online recipe sites or food blogs, and of course find things I want to try in my cookbooks.

I made a Recipes to Try printable where I can jot down the recipe, where I found it, what category it’s in (main dish, veggie, etc.), and whether we liked it or not.

Recipes to Try Printable

In the back sections of the binder divided by category, I keep recipes that I’ve made that we liked and are worth making again.

Some recipes I’ve printed from online sites:

How to Organize Pinterest Recipes

Some, I’ve torn out of magazines:

How to Organize Magazine Recipes

Some are fantastic recipes that friends have copied for me.  Each category has a printable section divider.

Organizing Recipe Cards

I also have a section for entertaining.  I like to keep track of holiday meals and meals I’ve made for entertaining guests that were successful.  Holiday meal planning can be stressful if not organized well.  My holiday meal planning printable helps keep track of the many parts of our special meals and who is bringing (or making) each item on the menu.

Holiday Dinners

So why is the Duo Binder perfect for a recipe binder?  Because of the attached accordion file!  In the picture below, you can see the tabs in the binder side.  The top flap lifts up to reveal the accordion file.

Recipe binder organization

This is where I keep take out menus in case we have a night where we don’t feel like cooking.

Organize Take Out Menus

I labeled the remaining pockets with the same categories as I have in the binder.  Whenever I find a recipe I want to try, I print it or tear it out of a magazine and store it in the pocket.  When I feel like trying something new, it’s simple to choose a new recipe from the file.  If we like it, I can put it in a page protector in the binder side.  If we don’t like it – I toss it!

How to Organize Magazine and Printable Recipes

How would YOU like to win a Duo Binder and my 19 page Recipe Binder Printable Kit?  I have such wonderful news for you: 5 of YOU will have an opportunity to win, PLUS one of the five winners will be randomly chosen to receive a $50 Amazon gift card!  How’s that for a great way to start your holiday celebrations?!?!

Duo Recipe Binder Giveaway
How Do I Enter?

Simple!  At the end of the post, either use your Facebook or your email to log into the Rafflecopter entry form.  Entries are explained in the Rafflecopter form.

Would you like to buy a Duo Binder?  You can find them on Amazon here.  If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can get free shipping!

Are you interested in the 19 page Recipe Binder Printable Kit?  It is available in my shop here.  Great news!  This week only, you can get 25% off your ENTIRE ORDER in my shop using the code: DUORECIPES.  Coupon expires 11/19/13.

Recipe Binder Printables

The Fine Print

  • Five winners will be chosen randomly using to receive a Duo Binder plus the 19 page Recipe Binder Kit from Organizing  ONE of the five winners will also receive a $50 Amazon gift card courtesy of Inoventions.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  • Giveaway begins Tuesday, November 12, 2013 and ends at 11:59 p.m. eastern time Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
  • Winners will be e-mailed and announced here on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.
  • Winners have 7 days to respond to e-mail or new winners will be chosen.

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  1. Shoshana says

    Currently I have a magazine file that I throw all my recipes into until I have time to organize them into my binder. I like the idea of the duo because you can do it all in one place. I love how you keep your takeout menus in there as well!

  2. Jackie Wolinski says

    What a great idea. I am always looking for recipes I cut out from magazines as well as those I have found online so I can give them a try. Love having everything in its place.

  3. Cristyn Kostal says

    My favorite part is the dry erase….awesome way to meal plan and not print all the time.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Charlyn Redford says

    This would get me started and hopefully keep me organized, My recipes and meal planning need a lot of work.

  5. Kim says

    It is SOOOO organized! All of my recipes are in a box and I have to sort through each one to find the one I want right now!

  6. Autumn says

    Love this duobinder. I love how you organize the main entree with the sides and the ability to do the whole week clearly. I am very busy and this would be the perfect addition so I do not have to focus time every day on the question “what’s for dinner?”

  7. Joyce says

    I like the organization capabilities of the Duo-Binder. It has a place for loose papers like recipe cards, coupons, etc. as well as the ease of a 3 ring binder.

  8. Andrea says

    I love that the duo binder keeps everything all together. I like the idea of keeping the take out menus with the recipe binder. Great idea!

  9. Kimberly H. says

    I love the accordion file attached to the binder. This is a fabulous way to keep up with recipes that we want to try!

  10. Alexa Deuso says

    I love the “Recipes to Try” section. This is such a cute idea! Currently, I have stacks of recipes printed out that get dirty or wrinkled and it drives me nuts! With this idea I won’t have to worry!!!

  11. Alicia Smith says

    I just like the fact that everything is there together. The use of the binder and the plastic page protectors to keep it all organized and looking nice.

  12. Lori Austin says

    What a great giveaway! The Duo Binder would be a great way to keep everything in one place & convenient for planning anywhere or anytime!

  13. Bill says

    This is the first I’ve heard of the Duo Binder. What an ingenious idea!! I already use a binder for recipes I like and use frequently, but the accordion file would be a handy thing to have attached to it!

  14. Michele says

    This binder would be so helpful for me to plan my meals. I am diabetics and have a hard time planning my meals. I start to then I lose track of everything. This would be great to keep everything together, even my blood sugar logs!!!

  15. Suz says

    This is such an amazing idea. I wish that it was around when I was first married and starting a home. I had and still have a hard time getting and staying organized. I will get this for my girls to pass on the timely tips to their girls. Thank you so much for all of the effort that you have put into this. I love seeing the new things that you come up with. Keep up the excellent work!!

  16. Michelle says

    I love the way you used the Duo Binder here. I have not yet purchased any–mostly because I can’t figure out how many to buy. The Duo Binder is awesome because it has both the binder side and an accordion folder side. It will be a great way to keep all the things I have filed in the binder together with things that I have yet to file–like your recipes to try go in the accordion section until they are approved and can be put in the binder. I plan to purchase several–to use for recipes, like you have, and for my home management binder, as well as organizing coupons and, well, I haven’t figured out how many more uses these have. Love them. Thanks for reviewing them, otherwise I wouldn’t even know they exist.

  17. Jennifer Casey says

    I love that you are so organized and it comes at the perfect time for me… I am trying to get organized in our home and this idea is perfect for us.

  18. Diana Jennings says

    I love the versatility of the Duo Binder & the colors are awesome! Who doesn’t love a pretty & organized binder? :0)

  19. Claire Grohskopf says

    I love to organize and I’d put jewelry on anything. Which means that the organization must also be pretty. I adore your beautiful binder pages and ideas. I’d be so happy if I received an email from you, please choose me.

  20. Sara says

    My daughter got me started on this. I love it. It has helped me reorganize a lot. Not only in my kitchen but the way I organize our home & our filing system. Thank You for your help.

  21. Charisse says

    First off, I think your recipe binder is one of the best put-together I’ve ever seen. I love that this binder gives ample room to keep everything you need together and separated at the same time. It works amazingly well for recipes, menus planning, and party planning. I also love the versatility I see with this binder. I could see my daughter turning this into an art binder for herself; I would love one to organize my paperwork (bills, important papers, taxes, etc); and it would also be great for couponing and homeschooling. The possibilities are endless!

  22. Kim Weatherholt says

    Love your kitchen organizing posts, especially this latest on organizing your recipes. I have been trying to organize my recipes here lately. I have so many, I feel like I’ll never get it done!!

  23. Theresa says

    I bought 5 & made family organizers for Christmas last year. Would love to make the duo recipe binder for my girls using family recipes.

  24. Lynette says

    I love the idea of having a binder and accordion file connected to each other – PERFECT for keeping track of recipes! And a great way to move from disorganized (accordion file) to organized (binder) in do-able steps.

  25. Angie says

    I love how easy it looks to organize everything in it! I would love to win this! I am planning on buying your whole organization bundle soon. We are moving into a new house at the first of the year and I want to start off on the right foot with keeping everything organized and my time and money budgeted!

  26. kristie hansen says

    I love your website, i just finished organizing my kitchen cabinet for my launch pad. Would love to win the recipie binder~


  27. Tricia says

    Absolutely love this concept for organizing recipes, I find ones I want to try all the time and then lose them. So love the idea of implementing this organization plan.

  28. Maria Rivera says

    I love the versatility of the binder. I’m a huge binder and folder freak and this has everything I need and love in one!

  29. Carolyn says

    I love the fact that there is a place for me to file recipes I’ve clipped along with the recipes in the binder. Very versatile!

  30. Pamela Cross says

    What I love about your binder is all things are in one binder. Currently I have a binder that has recipes, then one for take out menus. Plus I have recipes scattered that I have not yet place in my binder. This would eliminate the ones scattered and all would be in the same binder SO much easier to find! Thanks for your giveaway! Have a great day!

  31. Jeanette M C says

    I love how organized your binder is. I have one and it’s a complete mess. I’m thinking even if I don’t win I will make a new binder up.

  32. Diana Collander says

    I love the way you organize your recipes. I see several of these going to my family as Christmas gifts. Thanks so much.

  33. Pam says

    Great idea and awesome implementation! One area that needs major work in my home is my recipes and their lack of organization. Keep up the great work with terrific tools to keep us on track.

  34. Katie says

    The Duo binder looks amazing – especially to use as a recipe binder. All the little bitty recipes that get clipped off of boxes or labels can’t get lost if they’re in the accordion file!

  35. Jenene Tucker says

    I love that the Duo Binder has the accordion folder attached to put things in that you still need to put in the binder! That way, nothing gets misplaced while waiting to be added to the binder!

  36. Kristin Orth says

    I would love to be so organized, and this binder would really help! I love recipes, and could keep my unfiled ones in the expandable pockets.

  37. Lacey B. says

    This binder is genius. I have a dry-erase menu board for a week at a time but sometimes we have a hard time following it. Then I have a separate binder for recipes. This will help me keep recipes and meal planning all in one spot. Thanks for the helpful tips!!

  38. Nancy Clark says

    I take recipes from magazines to try, and they end up in a messy pile where they are totally forgotten. I have needed something like this all through my married years – all 38 of them. I know my husband would appreciate me getting that cabinet organized!

  39. Kim says

    I have never seen anything like this Duo!! I love that it is a 3-ring binder AND an accordion file. Brilliant. And I love how you’ve set this up. Perfect. I just ran across you on Pinterest. SO glad I did!! Thank you!!

  40. Amber says

    I like that the Duo Binder has a place to store things that you don’t necessarily want to punch holes in. I like it that everything can be all in one place and is easy to transport, if needed.

  41. Cindi says

    I have a binder I put the recipes in that I want to try..never thought of using a file system..Great Idea! Even if I don’t win, that idea is a keeper!

  42. T Sinns says

    I need the Duo Binder so I can have a central location to keep up with all the yummy recipes I find. I currently have them in about 20 different places it would be really helpful to be able to just flip to a section and pick one other than trying to remember where all 20 places are.

  43. Rebecca F. says

    What I like about the duo binder is that you can keep everything organized in one place whether it be something that needs to be in a binder or something that needs to be in a pocket. Plus, they’re really cute!

  44. Melissa McMillan says

    Your website has inspired me to get more organized. I am too grateful for all your ideas and how much detail you have put into your organization. We just moved from a house down sizing to an apartment and we need to get organized because of the lack of room. With the loss of my walking abilities organization is the key. It is just a bit hard to do by yourself when everyone else is at work or school but your ideas have given me the “get up and go” attitude. Thank you so much.

  45. Holly Kimbley says

    Love how versatile the duo is..with 9 people to feed, I need something to keep all my recipes in, I seem to have them all over the place

  46. Sherri says

    I have never heard of these binders but I love the fact that you can keep everything in one binder. I have so many binders I can’t keep up with them all. I am in the process of trying to organize them now. This would be a great way to do that!!!

  47. Nicole Kendall says

    I LOVE that the binder has an accordion style section and a binder section. My current recipe book only has slots for recipe cards, which fall out and there isn’t much versatility to it at all. Plus, there’s no where to put meal plans. This binder has everything you need and it’s NEAT, no papers falling out every time you reach for a recipe!!

  48. says

    I love the duobinder! I could use at least two, to be honest. I’d use one as a recipe keeper as you have, and one to keep all my son’s important papers in. It would be great to have something that can hold daily notes about behavior, meds, etc, plus all the papers and such that come in, all in one place.

  49. Jill Brady says

    I love this so clean and easy to keep everything in one spot!! I love that the recipes would be easier to see being a full page rather a recipe card!!! LOVE this!!!!

  50. Christina says

    I have 3 Duo binders and I use them everyday for our homeschool, household binder, and a holiday and hospitality binder. I love the combination binder and accordion file for recipes. This total my new project.

  51. Diane Miner says

    The idea of the recipe binder look fantastic to me. I have diabetes and heart failure. I tire very easily and often do not cook despite the desire to do so. Recently, I have found several new recipes I want to try and know that when I am eating better I feel much better. This would help to organize better and follow a better routine and plan ahead and ultimately get healthier!

    Thank you for your ideas, they are terrific.

  52. Jennifer says

    I currently have a system that I love except for one thing – Don’t have one central place to store everything! This binder would be an awesome addition to my meal planning strategy!

  53. Caroline says

    I love this idea the Due Binder is perfect I am forever losing my want to try recipes either in the huge pile of other recipes or they end up in the garbage before I have had a chance to try them out.

  54. Jackie says

    I love the DuoBinder because it is so versatile. I can keep clipped recipes in the accordion file until I’m ready to use them when using it as a recipe binder. I love it as a memory book for my daughter’s first year of kindergarten. I keep standard size papers in the binder section, and little things I want to keep in the accordion file section.

  55. says

    Great idea & I love the duo binders!
    My question is did you get special dividers that work with the page protectors? My dividers don’t show past the page protectors. Any help would be appreciated!

      • says

        Thank you, that is what I usually do, I thought maybe you had found somewhere to purchase them. I agree, I totally don’t understand why a company hasn’t come up with this yet.
        I can’t wait to get my recipes and menu planning all organized!!

  56. Amy says

    What a great giveaway! I’ve been in a meal planning funk…this would hopefully spark my organization and meal planning and get going again. Thanks

  57. Carolee Skinkle says

    The duo binder looks like a great way to keep recipes I want to try and to keep the ones I have tried and would like to make again all in one place. Right now I have a file on the computer with lots of recipes that I want to try and also a folder of ones I want to try or have already tried. It’s not a very good system. Thanks for the great ideas you share.

  58. Elizabeth Bovender says

    I would love to be able to keep my recipes and my menus all in the same place… Right now they are in there different places..and it drives me crazy… Plus I would love to keep shopping list right in the same place as the menus and recipes… it would make things soooo much easier for me.

  59. Kim says

    I have recipes floating everywhere! I can never find them….I’ve been wanting to take the time to organize, but this seems PERFECT to get me started!!!!

  60. Debra Holbrook says

    As a single mom of two girls, ages 10 and 3, organization is key! Not only do I attend an online university (working on my Bachelors) but I also go to tax preparation school so having a recipe binder is key when planning meals. It saves money at the grocery store and it helps you buy only what is needed when you do not have a very big pantry and refrigerator. I think this binder is amazing and I love everything you do on your site…it is truly inspiring!

  61. Mandy says

    I love binder for the organization. I have TONS of recipes I want to try, and have cut out from magazines, newspapers but they are all slapped together…and I can never find the one “I know it’s in here somewhere”. :)

  62. Hope says

    I look forward to trying a duobinder because I think it would work amazing for both my recipes but also for my budgeting binder!!!

  63. Nancy says

    I think the entire thing is the greatest idea ever. I haven’t seen anything like it. Just this morning I was talking to my hubster about organizing our kitchen and getting better with meal planning. Something the Lord has placed on my heart as of late. I have lots of great aspirations, but feel completely disorganized. I love how you keep the “favorite” meals in the front of the sections. We are a family of 6 also, and you are right…….finding something we all like is incredibly hard, so I’d love to have a reminder of the recipes everyone likes. :) We have a REALLY small kitchen, so having something compact like that to help with organization appeals to me as well. I plan on sharing this idea with my friends. :) Hubster calls me the “referral queen.” lol

  64. andrea says

    Always looking for ways to organize my recipes. This looks like a winner with room for favorites and room to add new things. LOVE it!

  65. Wendy says

    I just love the binder. We are moving into our first home at the end of the month and I think this would help with lots of organizing of papers for bills every month.

  66. Tina says

    Love multi purpose things…the Duo is great for recipes…or tax items or crafts …I’d need many with all I have to save! LOL

  67. Cheri Thomas says

    I love how this system turns the frazzled stack of recipes and turns them into a beautiful, easy to find system. Recipes are easy to locate instead of sifting through a stack of odd sized papers & pages. And I love how you mesh the binder with menu planning and take out menus/coupons – what a fabulous system!! I love it!

  68. Tina says

    Don’t worry about missed posts…yo9ur posts are great whenever we get them! Glad you are felling better…I guess the stomach flu is making the rounds..

  69. Sara M says

    I love how you can organize recipes or whatever into different categories. It makes it so much easier to plan a meal if you can find the recipe!!

  70. says

    I like that it’s all in one spot! As a working mother from home who also has 4 kids, this would be wonderful. Currently, I have different binders for different things and so this would be really nice!

  71. Susie Simmons says

    Wonderful organization! Im a working mother and I would love to have it all together when teaching my girls to cook.

  72. Tara H says

    I love binders and the fact that this one is made for organizing is a big plus! I need all the help I can get with organizing!

  73. Trish Lopez says

    I love the accordian folder attached! I’ve been wanting to put together a binder for all my family recipes and this would be PERFECT!

  74. Westy says

    Your blog has helped me become more organized at home and I just LOVE the Duo Binder because it helps me keep all of my “mommy” papers together with my Home Management Binder :)

  75. carla says

    I love this idea! I’m always keeping recipes off boxes and packages. This folder would be an awesome way to keep all my recipes together!

  76. kerry says

    This looks perfect for organizing recipes – I have tried so many things that don’t work. I think this may finally be THE ONE!!!

  77. Dedra says

    I have 2 duo binders and them. I use one for our Homeschool info. and one for bills/spending plans. I have been wanting one for recipes, but haven’t had the extra money. I love your site and all the great ideas you have given. I hope to be as organized as you one of these days!

  78. Dawn Beviano says

    I love the versatility of the duo binder and having everything at my fingertips. My weekly menu is on my fridge, but I still have to pull out the recipes and that is if I can remember which book or piece of paper it is on. This would help streamline my routine!

  79. Keena Jones says

    I love the fact that it is a file system and binder combined. I am always anal when it comes to organizing and this sytem looks like a cinch to use!

  80. Cordelia says

    I love collecting recipes so this binder really hits me as extra-special! This may sound elementary but I am impressed to see your pages are in the plastic holders – this would be nice for when they are removed and may have something spilled on a recipe! I want to say this and I hope you don’t mind because it is in addition to the binder. I LOVE the holder that you have the binder placed in. It is very attractive and would make me like the binder even more – simply because it is eye-appealing. Thank you for the many tips this month.

  81. Christy says

    I have been stalking the Duo Binder on your blog for awhile now. I have something like it in paper form and I have yet to replace it even though it is falling apart. I love the durability it has and the space for all of my Menu Planning that I can use it for!

  82. Laurie says

    I think the accordion file pockets on the binder would be a lifesaver. It would be great to have all of my loose recipes filed for easy access.

  83. Leah says

    I love the design, and the whole idea! It’s very hard for me to get organized! I’m pregnant with my first baby girl! She is due on the 16th! So as a new mom, I want to be more organized in the kitchen and this is a great way to be!

  84. BeckyA says

    This looks amazing! I’m so inspired – I would love to win the binder to help me actually USE the recipes that I have in a giant folder :)

  85. Miranda Marsh says

    I love that all of your recipe information is on one page…I find myself writing the recipe, page number and where I got it from and it gets overwhelming!

    I love that the binder has a filing storage place in front as well as the capability to be used as a binder. So versatile and handy for a stay at home mom such as myself who doesn’t need to keep up with a notebook, recipe book or recipe…it’s all in one place! amazing!

  86. Dolly says

    Love this binder because it helps to simplify the organization process! I absolutely love what you have done with the binder!

  87. Lynn Prucha says

    I love the accordion file and the fact that it’s so compact!! Beautiful too!! Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

  88. Jodi says

    I enjoy the file AND the binder as well as all the colors. I may start my girls on their own kitchen binder, since I have 5 it will be a challenge

  89. Kari says

    I love that the binder has the two different sections! Organizing is so fun & having a duo binder would make it that much more fun!

  90. Vickie P says

    I love the binder attached to the accordion file! I could keep all of my recipes together in one place – tried and true recipes in the binder, and recipes to try in the accordion file.

  91. Shawna says

    The Duo would be a perfect way to organize all of my loose recipes. I have all different sizes so they I have to use various ways to keep them neat and organized. Having the Duo to keep all my recipes organized in one place would be wonderful!

  92. Tobiann says

    I am the girl this was designed for!!! OI have a binder with a thousand recipes that I have clipped out and put in sleeve protectors. But I don’t have any organization to it. I have also been looking for printables to keep track of my meal planning and this covers ALL of it!! I love it!!!

  93. Debbie Gudenas says

    As the old saying goes, the Duo has “a place for everything and everything in its place”! It can accommodate all of my recipe keeping needs and wants!

  94. Kathleen Brune says

    I love the DuoBinder because of the filing section — this looks like a great binder for recipe organizing!

  95. Krista W. says

    I bought a Duo Binder earlier this year to use as an organizational aid to my duties as Treasurer for my son’s home school co-op. I love that I can open either the binder or the acc. file alone, or at the same time, and things don’t fall out of either area. It is big enough for me to keep my deposit book, check cancelling stamp, receipts to file later, and much more, all without feeling cumbersome.

    I also use the poly slip covers in the binder area to denote items that need to be dealt with (such as reimbursement checks to write), then file them in the file when they’re done. I can always see what needs done for that job. I keep a zippered pencil file in there as well with a calculator, pen, pencil and keys to our lockbox. It all fits and works!

  96. says

    I love how it is so versatile. Not only can you use it for recipes but you can also use it as the household binder. I have a tendency to carry around all my bills with me so I don’t forget to pay them and this would be perfect for that.

  97. Susan Broughton says

    I really want the binder because my recipes are a mess! I can’t find anything when I go to look for it! I really like that there are also areas for the take out too.

  98. Pam Kenworthy says

    I think the Duo Binder would be very helpful for me to use as part time secretary for the pastor at our church. I would be able to take this to business meetings and have all the information in one place.

  99. Susan Broughton says

    I just wanted to let you know that my email address that I follow your blog with is different from the email I entered the contest with because of my Facebook. The one that I follow your blog with is there wasn’t a spot to put that on the rafflecopter.

  100. gloria l says

    I love collecting recipes. They are all over the place, jotted on scrap paper, back of envelopes, cut out of magazines, etc. I have tried to organize them to no avail. What I love about the duo binder is there is a place to put all the recipes I’ve collected and have yet to try, and a place to put all my families favorites in one place. Thanks for sharing your tips!

  101. Lisa Gardner-Morris says

    I love, love the idea of the accordian file, so that I can file the loose recipes until I am able to try them

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  102. Clarissa S says

    I love how versatile the binder is, how it’s all right there for you so you don’t have to go searching for that other item while trying to get stuff done.

  103. Janice says

    Duo binder would be great for my weekly menu planning. Much better than just putting it on the refrigerator and then having to get the recipes out of the cupboard. Everything would be in one place!

  104. Carolyn says

    I’ve been putting off organizing my recipes, and now that I’ve seen the Duo Binder I’m definitely not putting it off anymore. The accordion file is perfect for filing loose recipes and the three-ring binder is perfect for organizing by category.

  105. Molly says

    I LOVE the DuoBinder. I bought one months and months ago after you raved about them and I haven’t been disappointed. It’s my homemaking binder and stores EVERYTHING I need — it just makes my life SO much easier.

    I love the versatility of it. It’s the best thing since sliced bread!

  106. Kristine Adams says

    Hmmm…what do I love about DuoBinder? A binder AND accordion file all in one!! How can you NOT love it? I also love the price…very affordable…hmmm if I don’t win, I’ll have to get one or two :)

  107. Dawn Kaser says

    I LOVE the whole thing…but why didn’t I think of putting all the recipes I print into page protectors into a notebook…and having an attached file to put recipes I haven’t tried yet?!? Absolutely love. Definitely getting one of these if I don’t win one!

  108. Debbie says

    This system looks like it will be a go-to item in having both the 3-ring & accordion file in one. Love the stretchy cords to keep everything secure!

  109. Lynnette says

    I love all the different ways you could use the binder and that there are extra places for storage than just a plain binder.

  110. Amy P says

    Love the whole thing!! I’m working with a separate accordion file and binder,, I had no idea they even made these! I’d like to win one, but I”ll be purchasing one if I don’t. How cool!!!

  111. debbie says

    I’ve never seen one quite like this, a place to store your recipes in the pockets until you try them, this is great!!

  112. Sam says

    The idea of a three ring binder with an accordion storage pocket is so neat. They go together like PB&J. Way to go who ever invented it.

  113. Wendy says

    I love that the binder allows me to keep things for each child separate in the accordion file portion and then the household stuff in the binder portion.

  114. Rachel Brooks says

    Love the 2 part divider. It will be a big help organizing the many recipes I clip to try, but am never organized enough to do so! Love the color selections and your great explanation of how you use it so effectively.

  115. says

    I would love to have a Duo Binder to organizing our family recipes we normally use but mostly get all the ones we plan on using if/when ever we are able to open up a restaurant. Its always been my fiances dream to open up his own and I want to get all his recipes together to make a cookbook for him.

  116. Nan says

    I love that you have a page with meal options and the time it takes to fix them. Lets face it, I just don’t have the time to plan more than a few days ahead and sometimes find myself without the time to prepare a meal I planned.


  117. Sandra Houtz says

    I love to cook and have tons of my own tweaked recipes … but need some way to organize them all into something that makes sense, especially for my 3 daughters so that they can recreate what I have made :)

  118. Catherine Infantino Polachek says

    I like that there is an area to keep recipes that I take from magazines or the ones that I print from the internet. Also, the menu lists. I

  119. says

    I can see so many uses for this, I love my “cookbook” of favorites, but it isn’t organized. I also teach school and these binders would be perfect for lesson plans and a place for storing all the copies and handouts I need. I can see many of these in my future!

  120. kayla ruark says

    It holds everything in an organized fashion and will save a lot of time. Your recipe binder system looks amazing! I would love to have it.

  121. Laurie Fite says

    I always have so many “extra” things that end up in my binders. The accordion pockets of the Duo Binder are perfect for this AND I can be organized!!!!

  122. Cindy Leonard says

    I love the tidiness and organization of it and the accordion file attachment! Right now I have my recipes thrown in a large wicker type box. It’s so frustrating and time consuming to try and find a particular recipe!

  123. jennifer says

    I originally found this post on Pinterest, but loved the binder idea so much I “liked” both Inoventions and Organizing Homelife’s page. I have several homemade recipe binders, but they all seem to get outgrown quickly. The Duo seems to have the flexibility of storing potential recipes and organizing the favs with room to grown. Very excited about this product! Thx so much for sharing!!

  124. Vanessa says

    I like the duo binder because it looks like it keeps everything in one spot and it doesnt fall out! Hope I win it! I have so many magazine laying around that need to be went through and recycled

  125. Kelly G says

    You should see the binder I currently use. No rhyme nor reason to it really. I have printed recipes stuck everywhere. This would be so handy. I like the accordion file for the recipes I want to try. But I have so many!

  126. joanne says

    love the binder! mom of 4 small children. i have tried to organize my recipes for about a year now with no successful system that would work. yours looks awesome! i love the way it’s organized and pulls recipes from different sources into one place. great job!

  127. Kelly says

    I love the binder….i am finding i prefer my recipes in this 8×10 book format vs recipe cards….easier to flip thru. :)

  128. says

    I like the page that keep track of recipe source, we often like something on the web, print it out but forget where the recipe came from. Sometimes we would like to go back to the website and see the recipe instruction photos.

  129. Kate McCoy says

    Ingenious idea to put accordion pockets onto a three ring binder. I am always shoving my recipes to try just loosely in my ratty old binder. Ths would work perfectly for me and enhance my existing recipe organizing system.

  130. Janet says

    I like the Binder Organization for getting myself set up better now that I am partially disabled and have to really work at keeping on top of things so I can provide meals for myself and my husband.

  131. Tanya Darvell says

    I love the duo binder because it is a great way to keep organized as well as keep things off my counters… plus it comes in pretty colors

  132. Leann says

    I love that everything is in one place. I have recipes in a folder until I get them sorted and organized. I also have them on note cards and eventually they will get put in my binder… Someday they will make it 😉

  133. Deb k says

    What I like the most is how you organize the recipes you want to try in the file section. So often I forget to look at my recipes to try on my computer when I plan menus.

  134. says

    Wow – this is the first time I’ve been introduced the DuoBinders, and I’m kind of in love! I’m also thinking that they’d be great for my kids homeschool!

  135. Lori Wagman says

    What a great idea! I have recipes in folders but that s it. They are
    not organized. There’s a place for everything. This would
    definitely help my weekly meal planning.

  136. Alyson says

    The accordion file attached to the binder is so convenient! I’m always using the little pockets inside the covers of binders, but I end up with a mess of papers to flip through. The built-in file would be wonderful to have!

  137. Anastasia says

    I love that there is a place to put your recipes in that you have not yet put in the binder! I would love to have the recipes all in one place.

  138. P says

    I just like the fact that I would have everything within my grasp. I need to organize but since moving things around in the house, my energy has fallen. This could be awesome motivation because I prefer organization.

  139. Sara N says

    What I like best…it is all self contained!!! I have piles of loose recipes and countless magazines as well as cookbooks; I am a visual I love looking at pictures hence why I keep everything!

  140. Kristi says

    I love the accordian file WITH the binder. Right now I just use one folder for recipes and one folder for fast food coupons/menus, this would be nice to have it all in one and be able to organize the recipes by meals.

  141. Jessica says

    Wow! Love Love Love this binder. A recipe binder is one of those projects always “in progress”. This binder is exactly what I have been needing to motivate me. Its amazing how simple things like post its, a labeler and binders can make me so very happy!!!

  142. Terri A Weiss says

    Love your info! I bought a Binder at Staples but not happy with the actual Binder, would love yours! Everything else is perfection, has really made my life so much easier! Thank You!

  143. says

    I love that I can put recipes in that I have found instead of a folder and then wonder where they are. If everything is together for menu planning then it is easy to find.

  144. Lori George says

    I love how unbelievably simply organized it lets me be. I’m in kind of “use it or lose it” mode and this would so keep my “out of control” recipe collection in check!

    Lori George
    Galloway OH (Columbus)

  145. s says

    love the attached accordion folder which I’d probably use for those “to be tried” recipes that might not yet be keepers. I have my printed recipes shoved into various cookbooks – very disorganized!!

  146. Angie says

    I think the binder has so many great uses. I’ve tried in the past to organize all my recipes. It was partially successful. I think having this binder could make it fully successful.

  147. Stephanie Olmsted says

    I like that you can file and have a binder. Would be great for this coming year… hubby retirees from Navy. Tracking Navy stuff, job search, house hunting.

  148. Jana says

    I am new to your blog and am loving it! So glad I found it in time for your 31 days of kitchen organization! I LOVE your recipe binder! I have been looking for a way to organize my recipes without having to spend hours typing out all my recipes to fit them in a binder. This way seems so much simpler and way more efficient and would save me hours of time! Thank you so much for sharing!

  149. Laura Wiant says

    I would love this! It would keep your meal planning and recipes right at your finger tips. Plus you can add new recipes. With kid activities in the evening, this could be lifesaver for having healthy meals on the table before all the activities.

  150. Tanya says

    I love the versatility of this binder / file. I know it would be perfect to organize home emergency plans & family vital records — such as insurance, birth certificates, etc. to maintain in the safe.

  151. Kathy says

    It is so convenient to have everything in one place. There are many things that I need in a binder but not all of it can be hole-punched. I love that the duo binder allows you to incorporate everything into one binder.

  152. Jill says

    I absolutely love this binder! It would be perfect not only for recipes, but I can see my coupons going into this binder perfectly!

  153. Liz E says

    I love the idea of a Duobinder. It’s such a convenient tool to keep all my “scattered” recipes in one place. Actually, I can see many uses for the Duobinder!! :-)

  154. Anita Vigil says

    I love everything about your recipe binder. I have been on the fence about getting the Duo Binder, but seeing the way you have expertly put the recipe binder together has changed my mind. Thanks so much for all the great ideas.

  155. Shannon says

    I love your website!! I am always struggling on how to create a great system that works with my family and will remain organized. One of our problem areas is the kitchen and dinners. I really enjoy experimenting with different recipes, however, not everyone in my family likes change. We have come to a compromise that I can try new recipes so many times a week, but we need to have have ‘normal’ or ‘already tried and liked by everybody’ dinners the rest of the nights. This Duo Binder would definitely help me keep all these recipes straight. Thank you SO much for all your great tips! I frequently read your blogs for inspiration!

  156. Andrea says

    I love this binder/file! It could be used for many things! Meal planning, organizing/planning scrapbook pages, child’s awards and momentos, future sewing or crafting projects, and so much more!

  157. Shawna Mason says

    I like the idea of having everything in one place with the duo binder. I could just grab it and go to plan dinners while I am waiting for the kids at lessons. I also like the colors!

  158. Amber C says

    I am obsessed with binders and have been looking for a way to organize my many printed recipes and meal planning ideas. This is PERFECT!

  159. Chrissie Hager says

    I love the accordion files for storing magazine recipes! This looks like an awesome tool to keep my kitchen running smoothly!!!

  160. Denise Stufflebeam says

    I love that the Duo binder has pockets to store things in and is a 3-ring binder as well. It looks ultra-helpful. Now, if only having one would suddenly make me all organized. I’m definitely a work in progress!

  161. says

    the binder would help me soo much because it has everything there in one place instead of all over. I wouldn’t have to look in about 3-5 different places for coupons, recipes, dinner ideas, menus, etc.

  162. Christine says

    I love the duo binder. So many options. I can go ahead and cut out the recipes I want and put them straight into a file (the duo file section), instead of leaving them in my magazine rack until it is so full I have NO choice but sit down and look through. Then use the binder part for the recipe binder you created! Love it

  163. says

    Love how you organized your recipes in the binder. I’ve been toying around with how I can do that for my family and this would be perfect!! I’m usually pressed for time on what to make and this would make things so much easier!!

  164. Cynthia Terherst says

    I would absolutely love to have this duo binder so that I may become organized and have a way to make meal planning smoother!!

  165. Missy says

    that’s it has so much versatility and the bright colors and it’s ALL in one place!! I have about 4 different recipe binders I have started and yet to finish!!

  166. Natasha says

    I like how organized the whole binder is…i keep attempting to organize all my recipes but i get overwhelmed. This would be the perfect way to start!

  167. sandy says

    I am really excited to try out this binder. I have so many clipped, printed and saved recipes to organize. What a great way to start!

  168. Billie Jo says

    I love this binder!! The organization is exactly what I need! Quick Dinners, planning, recipes, I would use this weekly, if not daily! What a wonderful idea!

  169. Nikki Chaney says

    This is exactly what I have been looking for to help organize my coupons, dinner plans, repeat recipes and help me become more organized. I’ve been following you on FB and have been making some changes to get more organized!!

  170. Breanna says

    This Duo-Binder is everything I’ve been trying to achieve. We’re getting ready to move and I’ve had to pack away my cookbooks. Which is fine besides the fact that I need some of the recipes in them. If I had one place to store all of my go-to recipes that would be perfect! It’s got the place to store my misc. ones and then everything else! Absolutely love love love it!

  171. Stefanie Grundahl says

    I love that there’s a place for recipes to try and a separate place for recipes already tried and liked.

  172. Jessie burton says

    The duo binder makes it so easy to place current papers in the binder, and file the previous papers I don’t want to get rid of but don’t need immediately visible in the accordion file part! So handy for organizing everything!

  173. Meg says

    What a great way to keep favorites recipes organized. Would so love this. I was just starting to try to organize mine but your method is so much better! Thank you!

  174. Alisha says

    First of all, I LOVE your posts! You inspire me to get better organized, both to stay sane and keep things in order for my family! I especially appreciate the freebies, as I am on a VERY strict budget. I have yet to get a duo binder, simply because I am trying to “upcycle” the ones I already have and those that would have otherwise been tossed in the garbage. I would LOVE to win, anything really! Thanks so much for the opportunity, and keep up the good work!

  175. natascha says

    I love how you have everything in one place. makes it so much eaiser to find what your looking for. I have lots of magazines to search through everytime I want to make something a saw at another time. having that binder would help keep things organized better for me.

  176. Melissa says

    I like that everything would be contained together! Currently i have a recipe binder anda recipes to try box so the Duo Binder would improve my life greatly! :)

  177. Lauren Lynch says

    I really like the accordian style of the Duo binder. I feel like it would be a good coupon holder along with my dinner plans. :)

  178. DonnaLynn says

    This is a great idea! I have so many recipes as does my daughter. If I win, though, I will be giving it to her as a gift. She’s a young wife and mommy and loves to cook and try new recipes, just like her mom!

  179. Ruth says

    I have had a ball not only organizing my kitchen but also my bathroom too. Thanks for all the Great ideas. My husband is most impressed with the organization under the kitchen sink. I put the bar up to hang all my spray bottles which gave me so much more room for all my other items. Who would have thought some thing so simple could be such a big space saver.

    The Duo Binder would definitely be another organizing tool for my kitchen. The recipe section of the kitchen is a mess and this could be a great asset to fixing it.

  180. Mandy says

    Oooo! This is right up my alley! I just started seeing a nutritionist to help me plan meals for when I return to work from my maternity leave. I’ve never seen a duo binder, but I LOVE the idea of keeping menus and recipes in the same place!! Great giveaway!

  181. Adrienne Marie says

    I just love that the colorful Duo Recipe Binder has everything I need in one place! I especially like the idea of incorporating quick last minute meals and regular breakfasts. (I hope I win!)

  182. says

    I would love to finally get organized. Love to have a system that has already been tweaked and perfected to ease me into this organized routine without the obstical of trying to design my own system. This seems to hold me back from accomplishing my goal every time.

  183. Linda says

    what I like/love about the duo binder is that it is the perfect system to keep everyone organized, whether it be for the kitchen, office, home, work, etc……..its a fabulous system!

  184. Diana says

    I love how easy it would be to use and add too, right now I have folder’s and notebooks jammed full of recipe ideas. with really no order. It is so hard to find what I am looking for. I also like the sheet that keeps track of meals your family likes, and company meals that would be so helpful. Thanks for all your amazing ideas!

  185. Kimberly Johnson says

    Right now I love everything about it. My recipes are wrote on anything I can find and stuffed in a binder that is on my bookshelf. Every time I take it down, I have to make sure I hold it a specific way so everything doesn’t fall out. The folder on the back is awesome since my take out menus are taking up space and magnets on the frig.

  186. Jennifer Galbraith says

    I love all the bright colors. makes me want to get it out and look at it. It also looks simple and easy to use.

  187. Kris J says

    I love the idea of putting recipes from magazines in the file part until you try them. I have been needing to revamp my recipe book and this has some excellent ideas I can’t wait to try!

  188. Jess K says

    I love everything about this binder!! With both of my babies growing and eating more I have to start coming up with healthy wholesome meals on a budget. Organization is key! The duo binder will do just that.

  189. Angie Garbark says

    You are an inspiration. I just started following you from a picture on Pintrest. I wonder how many binders do you utilize in your life?

  190. Cheri A says

    I’m a new fan of this site. It’s always a “job” to decide what to make for the week. I would love an easy system, and I love the pretty printables!

  191. Jamie says

    I like that the menu planner and grocery list are all on one page. Kept with favorite recipes, this would make menu planning a cinch!

  192. Terri says

    Well honestly, I like all of it. Right now my recipes are in a canvass bag in the den! I would love to organize them with this system, because I have some on recipe cards, some from magazines, some printed off the printer. This would allow me to keep the larger pages without having to copy everything onto recipe cards. I think that’s why I never finished this project.

  193. Julie says

    I love that I can slip a recipe into the accordion file quickly and then into a page protector if we like it. All in one is great. I went and bought 2 of them after you talked me into it!

  194. Laura P. says

    My daughter and I have been looking for a way to organize all of our recipes….including recipes yet to be tried….what a great way to organize! Thank you so very much!!

  195. Angie says

    I don’t own one of these binders, but your ‘s sure seems efficient! I think I like the “efficiency” factor the most.

  196. Becky says

    I am always looking for a good way to store my recipes. I usually keep them all over the place. Some are stuffed in cookbooks or a box. I love that this will organize them all in one place that will be easy to find for my or my family.

  197. Pam says

    Right now all my recipes I want to try are scattered. I need to get all my recipes to try, fav recipes, meal plans, shopping lists and coupons in one place. Oh and it’s cute – I can’t just use something because it’s functional, it had to be cute, too :)

  198. Stephanie Jordon says

    I love that it is one binder that does the job of 2…less clutter and easy to keep in kitchen nice and pretty!!!!

  199. Morgan says

    I love this Binder because it’s simple, practical, and organized :) I think my Husband could even use it and add to it!

  200. Jamie says

    The bright colors….the large tabs…the way the whole thing goes together to make life just easier…that’s what I love about this binder!!

  201. Kim says

    I do daycare in my home so it is important to me to serve healthy meals and a variety of meals. This binder would help me organize my home business and my personal life. What a great idea it is. Thanks

  202. Kelly says

    I love the idea of using the Duo for recipes you want to try and having the option to quickly toss or file in the binder section if it’s a keeper! This would definitely save me from having stacks of papers and printed recipes jammed in my cabinet!

  203. Pat Frank says

    Oh, this looks like the best binder! I love all the sections and ways to organize so many things! This would help me in getting my recipes organized which are in one big pile and in no order, so when I need something, I have to search, search and search! I love the way you have organized your recipes and your organization gives me so many ideas and inspiration! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these wonderful binders!

  204. Jen Sonnier says

    I am so unorganized with my recipes. I love that this is a folder to hold full size pages and the pockets to hold cards and smaller papers taken from magazines.

  205. Susan says

    I love the idea of having recipes organized for nights I feel like cooking and all of those menus for nights I don’t, all in one place!

  206. Greta Q says

    I had never seen one until today. I absolutely LOVE it!!! Kudos to the person or people who came up with the idea! An accordion file and a 3-ring binder all in one! Two of my favorite organizational tools combined into one. I like the bold colors, I like the tabs in the accordion file part, and I like the fact that it seems easy to use.

  207. suzy gray says

    I have my recipes in a big bag right now. When I need a recipe I sit down and go through the whole bag. Sometimes it takes me an hour. Lol. I need an incentive to finally get these recipes under control. Would love to use this system. It looks like the answer to my prayers!!!!

  208. Rose Wilson says

    This would be such a great way to keep my recipes all in ONE place! I have some in a recipe box some in a folder some magazine clippings on my desk and take out menus in a kitchen drawer! It would be sooo nice to put all of that in one easy place! And I would love to start planning meals! This organizer is so cool it would make me start!lol

  209. Kamie Feagle says

    Love how the binder does double duty! Wish I had know about them way before! I have four boys and with each of their births I bought a binder to hold all their hospital information as well as papers from their doctor to have in one place, this binder would of done such a better job!

  210. Liddy says

    I love that the binder keeps everything in one place! A BIG asset to someone like me who’s constantly misplacing things!

  211. Jane T says

    I like the binder because you have done all of the organizational work for us. Especially helps people like me with few of these skills.

  212. Jesse says

    I love that I can put “to try” recipes in the file and then have a permanent place to keep them in the binder. Awesome idea!

  213. Stacey says

    Right now my recipe binder is quite outdated and the “loose” papers that aren’t in the binder are falling out of the binder pockets. Once I trim them down, the accordion portion would do a much better job keeping things organized AND useable. Love the mulitasking features of the DuoBinder — I could really use a few of these for different areas of my life, actually.

  214. says

    I like that the duo binder combines the accordion system with a regular binder, I have a stack of recipes that I haven’t tried along with favorites and a regular binder has not worked out for me previously.

  215. Jessie says

    I love this binder!!! What a wonderful idea having the accordion file and the binder all in one product. I’m ordering several but I would still love to win one with the Recipe Planner Pages too!!

  216. Rita Baker says

    I would love to get all my recipes and all of my mother’s recipes to get organizes. It would be great to have them in one place.

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