Take-out menu filer

Ever wanted to order in something other than pizza, but you can’t think of anything other than the usual Chinese place? Something I’ve done for quite a while is file take-out menus in an Itoya portfolio that I keep on a bookshelf for easy access. Whenever I come home to find a Mexican, Salvadoran, Kabob, or whatever menu slipped under my door, I stick it in my portfolio. I use one pocket for each type of cuisine–all the Chinese menus go together, same goes for the pizza menus, etc.

When we feel like ordering in, we just flip through the pages and pick a cuisine. Then pull out the menus and make our choice. The key here is always dropping in menus when you get them in the mail or with your order, and throwing out obsolete ones when you find them. This beats piling them on a table by a phone, sticking them to your fridge, or cramming them in a drawer. And if you prefer, here’s a binder designed just for menus.


This post has been updated since its original publication in 2007.

3 Comments for “Take-out menu filer”

  1. posted by matt on

    While I like your approach, I find an even better clutter reducer is to use grubhub.com. Their online menus are great, and their website takes up no space 🙂

  2. posted by PJ Doland on

    Or, you could just scan them and keep them on the computer. A small Canon LIDE scanner can reduce paper clutter dramatically.

  3. posted by TallDave on

    I just stuff all of them into a gallon freezer bag and keep it on top of the fridge. works…

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