Quick Menu Planning – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

You will see an example of how I do easy menu planning. I have a FlyLady calendar with big blocks, and I bought some small sticky notes. I use my marker and write down 10 to 14 menu ideas. I can rotate these throughout the month. Once I cook a meal, I move the sticky note to a later date on the calendar. I have a list of menu ideas, so if I want to make some changes, I have a quick list to refer to.I also ask my family for ideas, too. If something happens, I can simply move the sticky note. No guilt! I plan my menus a week at a time, and then I make my grocery list by store, since I shop at 4 or 5 stores per week. I don’t coupon shop, but I do keep up with prices. My family helps with meal preparation and clean up, so by menu planning and shopping ahead, meal time is easy in the evenings. I use my slow cooker a lot, and I will be doing another batch of freezer cooking in the near future. This year it will be a gluten-free menu!
Zone Mission:
For your zone mission today, I want you to detail clean the shower and tub.

Grocery Shopping and Errand Day – Take your list, pack snacks, and water bottles.

  • 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.

School: What do you need to do to finish the school year? Paperwork? Testing? Pick an End Date? Spend 15 minutes working on things to end your school year in an organized manner. I am working on setting up a field day with my local homeschool group.

Afternoon Routine:
  • 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
  • Errand day: Make your plan for grocery shopping and errands. Pack water bottles and snacks for everyone. Pack up your library books that need to be turned in.
Family Fun: Plan a fun activity while you are out. I am in the habit of checking for free activities that are going on while we are out doing errands.
When you get home from doing errands, have everyone work together to unload and put away everything.

Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.) 
  • 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

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at https://tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.


Quick Menu Planning – Getting Organized — 2 Comments

    • Hi, Renee,

      What I have learned about menu planning is to keep it simple. By rotating simple meals and adjusting the seasonings to change the flavor, my family is happy, and I am happy. I am going to do some summer blogging on using the crock pot. I did a series last summer, and it helped a lot of people plan and execute their meal plans.

      Have a great week! Tami

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