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I am an avid reader; magazines, books, online, newspapers, just to mention a few. Well I am wondering how to organize information I find in reading in real life (RRL) and online. For example as I go through magazines I'll find wonderful decorating tips, then when it comes time to do it I can't remember the magazine/book/whatever. Same online - I do make bookmarks and folders and sub-folders and I also have one called later for the ones I really want to come back to, but.... I have so many I can't remember which of the 20 bookmarks in a sub-folder is the one I need. For my RRL I am going back through my magazines and tearing out the pages with the stuff I want to remember. ? is how do I file/store these pages to remember where to go for them when I need them?
Same with recipes. RRL whether a cookbook or pamphelt etc., I'll mark it in my brain that 'hey I like that recipe I can make that.' I'll even remember an ingredient I need to get that isn't normally in my pantry. However, when it comes time to remember where I read the recipe, or 'which recipe was it that called for the anise?' or 'which recipe required me to use my leftover rice?' I am at a total loss. I know I can clip the recipe but how do your file it to remember which page or card has that particular recipe? Or how about when I find a wonderful recipe in a cookbook? I don't want to rip out the pages, but how would I remember which book I read it in?
See my dilemma here. I really want to be organized and also save time. Having to go back through all my magazines for April made me realize how much time I am wasting and how much time I've wasted searching through all my magazines to find the right article.
Now on my computer I do have my folders for recipes, then sub-folders for bread, dessert, etc., crafts which then has sub-folders sewing, knitting, etc. Eventually though I am going to have a ton of recipes in there so finding the one I need will eventually become a chore. With those recipes if I have cooked/baked whatever it and we enjoyed it, I'm printing them out on the good paper and putting them in the recipe binder. How about the ones I haven't tried but want to?
I do have binders that I put my printed knitting patterns in. I also have one for all my sock patterns, including my master copies of my class instructions when I was teaching. I also have another binder where I put projects I've printed out from the computer from places like Michael's, Jo-Anns, etc. This might be an idea to continue and make different binders for different craft projects. If someone has a better idea than this I am open to all and every suggestion.
I think I might even make a contest out of it. So spread the word and tell whoever to let me know you referred them to me for added entries. Not sure what the prize will be, I'll think about that one and post what it will be in a day or two. I'm thinking maybe an online gift certificate to whatever place the winner chooses.
So my questions are:
1) how do I file/store pages of craft/decorating or whatever, to remember where to go for them when I need them?
2) how do your file it to remember which page or card has that particular recipe?
3) how do your file it to remember which page or card has that particular ingredient?
4) how about when I find a wonderful recipe in a cookbook how would I remember which book I read it in?
5) on my computer how would I store the recipes I haven't tried but want to?
Thanks in advance!