Saturday, February 9, 2008

Menu Planning, Chores and Re-organizing

I love creating forms to use. I love checking things off lists. When I've had time in my life, I've made up lists of "Things To Do" -- which included recently completed things I did -- and checked them off so I could see what I had accomplished and what still needed work. These days, I don't have much time to revel in what I've already done, so I just keep pushing forward on what is still undone.

Last year or so, I made up a great menu planning/ shopping list/ cleaning schedule to organize the home management component of my life. It looks so cool; I had three of them, because we had certainly recipes that I had selected to use and I just rotated them through -- brainless menu planning. It is my cup of tea.

Life has changed and I haven't really been using the pre-planned menu rotation in about 2 or 3 months, and it is stressing me out to plan well balanced, varied meals through the week. So in the next week or so, I'm going to re-collect our favorite recipes -- some new ones we've discovered that everyone from 2 yo on up likes --and plug them into our grid to balance out our red meat, poultry, pork and fish intake. I even discovered that the boys like --gasp! -- red beans and rice. Who knew?

Here's the form I use for weekly and monthly cleaning and menu planning. I used to print the shopping list on the reverse side, but I've stopped doing that.

What I like about this is that I can start it at any point in the week; I don't have to think about what the kids can eat for lunch or breakfast, and there is built in variety. For example, this week we're going to have baked chicken fingers for dinner, so we won't have frozen chicken nuggets for lunch -- we've got turkey sandwiches instead.

I haven't been consistent in enforcing the weekly cleaning plan, but all those chores usually seem to get done weekly -- or so.

And, I like that I've included the few lines for outings/ trips/ appointments, because when I fully use this form to its potential it helps to remind me of what is going to happen this week, and writing it down helps to reinforce it for me in my feeble memory.

My next plan is to list off the recipes that we've nearly all agreed to eat without too much whining. Then, I'll plugg these into the form, and hopefully we have 3+ weeks of menus to eat from.


my5wolfcubs said...

Wow! That is a great form...I need one of those. I try new recipes, everyone likes them (or at least, more like than don't like) and then I go back to same old, same old. If I WROTE it down and kept it...okay, my weekend plan will be making a plan! :)

Anonymous said...

This is great! I love lists too and will actually take this resource back to my family...It's nice to know you've thought it through so thoroughly and even nicer that you've taken the time to share it. Kim