How to Organize Your Old Martha Stewart Everyday Food Magazines

How to Organize Your Old Martha Stewart Everyday Food Magazines

Are you a fellow lover of Martha's (long-out-of-print) Everyday Food Magazines? ME, TOO! I was so sad when they stopped publishing them. I loved the simple recipes, the layout, the size...and those colorful bindings.

The thing is...there were so many recipes I made and loved and so many recipes I'd dog-eared to try...I couldn't remember what recipes were in which magazine. Once upon a time, I paid Jack to create an index on my computer, but it just was too cumbersome. (I know there's a cookbook with many of the recipes in it, but I loved my magazines.)

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Also, they were taking up a LOT of room on my cookbook shelf, and they were a little unwieldy when trying to pull one out of the stack. I finally decided to do something about them.

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Enter these awesome little 3-ring binders. I found them at The Container Store and they are perfect, perfect, perfect.

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As part of the same line, you can choose what goes in your binder. I bought the sleeves and dividers.

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I ended up with 2 binders. One for soups/salads, snacks/apps, and mains. The other for sides and dessert/breakfasts.

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Going through the magazines was interesting in itself. I make notes on all of the recipes I make, so it was fun to read those again and see just how long it had been since I last made some of them. (Y'all. TIME FLIES.) Also, some of the recipes I'd dog-eared weren't as appealing to me 10 years later...and some non-dog-eared (totally a word) pages went into the keep pile.

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As much as I hated ripping apart those magazines (gosh, I loved those colorful bindings), I'm so, so happy that I moved them to these binders. I'm actually making the recipes again...and discovering "new" ones I'd never tried.

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They take up so much less room on my shelf now. Spike approves. 

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How to Organize Your Old Martha Stewart Everyday Food Magazines ♥ + Spike the cat

What have you done with your Everyday Food mags?


16 comments

  1. This is great! I'm going to do this with my giant stack of "Cuisine at Home" magazines! I have a multi-year collection taking up tons of space, and like you with Martha, there's really only a few recipes I want out of each one.

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  2. What happens if there is a recipe on the back? Did u photocopy it and put it in the correct section?

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    1. I didn't run into that issue, luckily. :) I had a couple back-to-back, but they were the same category, so the plastic pages were perfect. But yes, you could do that.

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  3. I have binders full..too many..that when I am looking..I have no clue where they are..:( Bad nana.:( and I even have indexes in some when Iwas feeeling particularly Martah ish:)

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  4. I did this too with all my recipes from magazines or index cards but I made mine more scrapbookey (that's a word) and made themed collections. One is just for Christmas and one is sides etc.

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  5. Amazing idea! I have tons of magazines! I can do that with any article not only with recipes! Thank you!

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  6. So you cut a few of those colorful bindings off the mags and stick them into or on the edge of the binders. Can't tell for sure if you have that plastic that allows one to insert pictures, etc. on the binders outsides. Voila!

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    1. Cute idea! No, these don't have those, but I know what you mean!

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  7. That was my favorite ! Still have mine but they are so adorable I don’t think I could take them apart, lol! What if a recipe is on the back of another? Thanks for this great idea.

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    1. I didn't run into that issue, luckily. :) I had a couple back-to-back, but they were the same category, so the plastic pages were perfect. But as someone mentioned above, you could make a copy of one and then file it.

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  8. I organize my magazines according to months, by each magazine.

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