I have officially taken the plunge off into being a junkie! An organizing junkie anyway! I found this blog at Laura Z's blog and loved it! The organizing junkie (also a Laura) has a monthly challenge to motivate people with their projects. The month of February was recipes. I desperately needed this one because my old filing system was never big enough for all my recipes and I had recipes all over the place. Finding them was not easy unless they were among the ones already filed. My previous system was 2 photo albums with my recipes slid into the photo slots. I loved this because they were arranged alphabetically, I was able to keep a piece of the person who gave me the recipe by keeping the card/scrap of paper in their handwriting! It is like a walk down memory lane to flip the pages! Unfortunately, I ran out of room and was only able to get A-R into the photo albums. I put off fixing the problem until I was in Big Lots (LOVE that place!) and saw the same style photo albums that I am currently using marked down to $10 for both packaged in a cute tote! Here they are in the cabinet just dying to get used. This is my before picture: I dragged everything into the guest room (where the TV is) and vegged out watching nothing important while I pulled all the recipes out and alphabetized them. Here is what they looked like on the inside: This is every recipe I have sorted into piles, all alphabetized and ready to go into a new home: After filing them all and leaving space at the end of each letter for new recipes, I wrote the letters in that book on the outside so I wouldn't have to take them all out to find the right one: I also wrote it on the spine (reminds me of encyclopedias...my kids have no idea what an encyclopedia is...thanks internet!), was able to get rid of the recipe box and have more room for the cookbooks I use regularly and my photo album/recipe binders. MUCH BETTER!