The first goal I had was to make and use a meal planning binder. Afterall, what's the sense of making one if you aren't going to use it?
I honestly didn't know where to start with this so I did what any rational thinking woman would do - I jumped on the world wide web! As I clicked here and there, I began to hyperventilate at the plethora of ideas. Everything was so inspiring and I found myself wishing I was "good enough" to accomplish what someone else implemented in their home. My favs were Bold turquoise (where I
Am I right?
I thought so.
Anyway, as I was looking at these ideas, I realized that I could never be so cool. I don’t have it in me. I am simply not wired with the creative, crafty gene. Additionally, I felt that these ideas all took things to the extreme. Not in a bad or negative way…just more than I know I could handle. I don’t have the time to keep the binder nice, neat, and organized. I just wanted to keep it simple. So I took the basic idea and made it mine. Here is what I did:
I found an old binder laying around my house and I printed a cover. I’m too cheap to go all fancy with color so I kept mine black and white. Boring, I know. But trust me - it fits me.
Then I printed some weekly menus and grocery lists. Here are some fun printables from Design Finch if you are interested. Mine actually came from here.
Then I assembled my book.
I printed out a piece of paper with the name of the month and some cheesy clip art and stuck it in a sleeve protector. I used Post-It dividers for each month to separate things easily and included 4-5 weekly menus for each month. I have a pouch folder at the end of the current month so that I can keep any loose recipes I have pulled. I keep the grocery lists in the back of the binder and just fill them out weekly.
I made my menu for January – breakfast and dinner - and then pulled all of the recipes and put them in my binder (mine were already in sheet protectors because I am weird like that). By doing this, I have all the recipes I will be using in one place. That sounds like a big project, right? It actually only took me about an hour to plan and pull recipes for the entire month. I have been thankful that I invested that time because now I have the recipes ready, literally at my fingertips, when I am ready for them. I made a note of the things we will be using a lot of and things that can be used for multiple recipes (and planned accordingly) so I can be looking for sales and coupons.
Each week, I will put the used recipes back where they belong and plan for the next week in succession so that I always have 4 weeks planned in advance. This also helps so that I don’t repeat recipes too often. I know a lot of people are okay with a two week rotation but I get bored with the same ole, same ole so I like to change it up. Sometimes it drives my family crazy, but in the end, they appreciate the variety.
That’s it! I told you I kept it simple...and I can check this goal off my list. I know I will use this method consistently because of its simplicity. Now on to the next goal – planning Ryan’s grad party.
Well – what do you say we skip that one this week? I made no progress here...haven't even picked a date.
On to operation photo organization! I made a tiny bit of progress here. Remember that box I showed you last week?
Well, here is what it looks like today...pictures separated by child, all neat and tidy.
Not too shabby, huh? I even threw away pictures (shh…and thank you Aurie for the encouragement to do so!). Who needs 10 of the same picture? Or a picture of your kid doing something silly…or six of them from different angles and ranges? Yea…not me!
Next I will be working on the boxes in the hall closet. I don’t think they are too bad, but there are several of them. Then we are on to the totes - yes, big, blue totes stuffed full of pictures. I can’t say that I am looking forward to that!
What have you been up to?
Keepin’ it Real…D