Holiday E-book Day 21: Purge Cookbooks

    It's quicker and easier to create wonderful meals for holiday guests when you can easily access your cookbooks. Here's how to bring order to your collection:
    • Gather all cookbooks from around house and sort into three piles or boxes: 1) use often; 2) rarely use, but keep; 3) donate.
    • Having a hard time letting go? Remember, you can always find recipes online. If you rarely bake, give “101 Cake Decorating Ideas” to your pastry chef friend.
    • Keeping a book for just for one or two recipes? Photocopy the pages and donate the cookbook.
    • If kitchen space is limited, store “rarely use” cookbooks in the family room bookcase or on a mud room shelf. At worst, box up excess for the garage or basement. For easy “grab & go” later, store spines up, all facing the same direction, shortest to tallest.
    • For “use often” cookbooks…unless you have TONS of counter space, avoid lining them up on the counter. If it’s a choice between keeping the heavy stand mixer on the counter…store cookbooks on the top of the refrigerator instead. Keep them neat with stylish bookends or colorful pottery.
    • Install a wall-mounted shelf or two, or for a built-in look, remove doors from a small upper cabinet and use it for books instead.
    Regardless of where you store, books typically look best arranged by size—either tallest to shortest, tall in the middle & short on each end, or some horizontal, some vertical.

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