Hi BB, I tried several ways of ogranizing my recipes, shoe boxes, computer files, three ring binders, you name it. And I couldn't find a recipe when I needed it!
Finally, I organized them in a different way, and now I find the recipe I want rather quickly, a minute or two, perhaps.
Now, when I find a good recipe, I write it down in a numbered notebook, and on the outside, at the front, I put a label with the recipe name on it. In this way, I have the index/content visible on the front cover of the notebook, as inside indexes have never worked for me (takes too long time to find what I want).
I put the notebooks, standing up, in a shoe box. When I need a recipe, I just flip through the notebooks and look at their front covers, and I can immediately see in which one the recipe is. This has saved me lots of time, and now I can actually find and use the recipes I collect.
If I had cut out recipes from magazines, and do not want to write them all over again, I just glue it into the notebook and write the name of the recipe on the front cover.
I also have a system with different colours of notebooks. Pink is for recession recipes, for example. Every notebook also has a number, and for the 50 or so recipes I like the most, I have made a regular index in a separate notebook. Name of recipe - number of notebook. I feel that a regular indext works for this smaller numbers of favourite recipes, but not for the thousands of other recipes that I have.
A modern way, would be to make different folders in the computer and then save different sorts of recipes, or links to them, there. Personally, I find it difficult reading recipes from the computer while I cook, as I have a very simple way of noting down recipes in notebooks by hand = just noting down the ingredients in the order they are used and beside the name of each ingredient, a short note on what to do with them. This makes it fast and easy to read and easy to cook.
Many online recipes are written in a way that you have to spend lots of time reading, and I don't have time for that while cooking.