part 1: recipe + meal planning binder {with FREE printables}

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One of my goals for the new year {2017} is to become + stay much more organized! I decided the first step towards this goal was to look at some items that I already have organized, but by making just a few quick changes, would help our lives greatly. One area that needed just a few quick changes was meal planning. I love meal planning because it saves SO much money every single month!

I absolutely love the concept of using binders for organizing everything. I organize so much of my life into binders. It’s just an awesome place to keep everything together and there are so many tools you can use for binder organization, such as sheet protectors, page dividers, etc.

today i’m sharing my meal planning + recipe binder

Before I begin showing you my binder {and how to create your own} here is what you’ll need to get started:

  • 3 hole punch {if you don’t want to keep all your recipes in sheet protectors} {I use my 3 hole punch all the time when meal planning}

I have several different sections in my meal-planning binder. We all have different organizational needs so the awesome part is you can customize your binder however you want it! It is so easy to add more sections or combine sections too! I find the more sections I have, usually the easier it is to find what I’m looking for.

Meal Planning Binder

Here’s how my binder is divided out {I like to make my section dividers fun}:

  • Meal Planning {We’ll talk about this section in a completely different post}
  • Appetizers
  • Side Dishes
  • Soups
  • Entrees {I’m a super picky eater and only eat beef for meat, but you might want to consider dividing your entrees section down more into Chicken Entrees, Beef, Entrees, etc.}
  • Desserts
  • Beverages

I have all of my pages in sheet protectors, it just keeps my recipes clean {I have been known to spill on my recipes a time or two while cooking, oops}. But once again, this is completely up to you! I would recommend at least putting your section dividers into sheet protectors!

{You can download my section dividers by clicking on the links below}

Cover Sheet || Appetizers || Side Dishes || Soups || Entrees || Desserts || Beverages

Coming soon: how I meal plan + save hundreds while doing it! {and more free printables}

What are some of your favorite ways to stay organized? Have you found something different than binders that works AMAZING for you? Tell me in the comments! Don’t forget to pin this post to Pinterest if you loved it!!

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