As many of you know, we use a four-day school week curriculum. Each year our "day off" falls on a different day depending on when other activities (like PE and piano) are scheduled. Last year it fell on a Friday. This year it's Wednesdays.
If you know us well, you know that I guard our weekdays pretty heavily. For us to get all the school work done (5 days work into 4) and for me to maintain a fairly organized household (and mind), we don't do extra things during the day Monday- Friday. Not even grocery shopping or doctor's appointments (those happen on Jamey's weekdays off and in the evenings when he can help). I even guard our day off so I have a chance to do some cleaning and work on projects like the one I'm going to tell you about. Some moms need to get out of the house to stay sane. I need to stay in. Well, most of the time, anyway.
Last Wednesday morning, I tackled my recipes. Ever since finishing the cookbook, I knew this needed to be done. The cookbook allowed me to consolidate all our favorite recipes into one book and therefore made several cookbooks obsolete- I just wasn't using them for their other recipes. It also meant I could cut down on my binder collection. I had three. The little one was just desserts. The middle-sized one was non-dessert recipes on recipe cards and the largest was recipes that had been printed out or torn from magazines.
Speaking of magazines, I had saved many recipe-related ones from years ago when I subscribed. They remained on my shelves because I have a little voice that tries to get me to keep things. And sometimes I listen to it.
So. I piled cookbooks and magazines I no longer needed into a box to go to the thrift store and purged my recipe binders of all the recipes that I either now have in my cookbook or that I haven't made in years. This was a significant downsizing and it felt so good. I was on the fence about the Cooking Light annual cookbooks, but decided to keep them for now.
Now, as you can see, our "half hutch" (made by Jamey) looks so much less cluttered. I now know where recipes are and that I only have one copy of each. The bottom shelf is now reserved for gardening binders and resources.
In case you're curious, here's what I kept:
(From left to right) Four Cooking Light Annual Recipes Cookbooks (I use these often for reference when altering recipes), two preserving cookbooks, Mennonite Community Cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks (I asked for this for Christmas and haven't tried any recipes yet), Simply in Season, More-With-Less Cookbook, Extending the Table, Thy Hand Hath Provided, a family church cookbook, (down to) two binders, my canning journal, another family church cookbook, The New Food Lover's Companion (I have an older version), and several instruction pamphlets (ice cream maker, yogurt maker, dehydrator, etc.).
I love checking things off my project list.