I believe the part of this mess that bothered me the most was my recipe box. When I got married, my sister gave me a wonderfully special gift. She presented me with a box filled with our Grandma Jean's Recipes. Grandma had passed away when I was in high school and receiving such a gift made her presence during this time of my life almost tangible. Bec had gone through the recipe box and painstakingly copied, by hand, half of the recipes and given me the other half as they were. This way, we each had a complete set of Grandma's recipes. She even wrote the name of the recipes on each divider!
I separated recipes into categories again and threw away duplicates. I punched holes and added them to a new binder with dividers!