How are you doing with your menu planning? This is one of the best habits I have established for keeping my home running smoothly. Children and husbands like to eat on a regular basis, and for years, I had a loose menu plan. In the make my past several years, I have written down a weekly menu plan and posted it on my refrigerator. I keep the format simple. I use pencil in case I need to change something because we all know that things pop up during the week, or someone gets sick.
Besides, saving time, I also save money by menu planning. My grocery list is very specific for our need, and I try to list my items by the aisle in the store. I try to be efficient with my time while I am shopping. I was able to reduce my summer food budget with several changes to my routine. First, I bought in bulk and did the freezer cooking session in June. Then, I shopped in my pantry and freezer before I made my grocery list. Third, I used produce from a small garden.
Having my menu plan on the refrigerator also gives the boys the information they need without having to ask me what’s for dinner. My husband also checks it daily to see what is coming up for the week. Since I am doing a country study this year, he is also looking at my menu plan to see what country we are studying.
- Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
- Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
- Swish and Swipe
- Start Your Laundry
- Decide on Dinner
- Check Your Calendar
- Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.
- Clean out your refrigerator. Toss the science experiments.
- For some of you, this is your first day of school. Enjoy it! We are starting our second month of school for this year.
- Eat Lunch
- Clear off One Hot Spot
- Reboot the Laundry
- Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
- Drink Your Water
- Write up a menu plan for the next 7 days. Check your pantry and freezer and make a grocery list. This habit will save you time and money. Try out some new recipes with the slow cooker. It will save you time once you start back to your school schedule.
- Zone Focus: Zone 2- Kitchen – Today I want you to spend 15 minutes decluttering your junk drawer in the kitchen. We all have one of those.
- Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
- Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
- Put things at the Launch Pad that you will need first thing in the morning
- Shine Your Sink
- Clean Off a Hot Spot
- Go to Bed at Decent Hour