Planning my weekly menu is the most important organizing job I do every week. That’s why I am so excited to have Shelley Wall of Fit 4 Sweets share this fun and easy, meal-planning idea with us! I tried it, and it is a great way to get your family involved in the planning process. ~Crystal, Owner of Cloud Nine Organizing
Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut making the same meals week after week? I know trying to come up with new dinner ideas and planning your meals for the week can be a little intimidating, maybe even overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be! Meal planning can be so easy. All it takes is a little organization!
We all know that getting organized makes everything easier. Well, that’s also true when it comes to making a meal plan. Creating a simple system is the first step to becoming a successful meal planner. All you need is some paper, a pen, scissors and a container (jar, cup, basket – almost anything will work).
Start by making a list of all your favorite meals. Get your family involved, and ask them what their favorites are too. Create the longest list possible, keeping in mind that you can always add to it later. Once you have a good list, cut it into strips so that only one meal is on each strip of paper. Fold the strips, and put them in your container. Shake it up. Pull out seven random strips of paper, and that’s your dinner menu for the week! Write them down on your calendar, a sheet of paper or a dry erase board. Then return the strips of paper to the container. As I mentioned above, you can add meal ideas to your container at any time. You can create separate containers for lunches and breakfasts as well. TIP: Use small, stackable containers that can be stacked with the paper strips inside to store under the counter until you need them.
Now, to stay out of the repeating meal rut, you have to actually use your meal plan. Make a quick grocery list, and go get the items you need. When you bring them home, clean and prep any foods that need it before you put them away. You are much more likely to follow your meal plan each week when everything is clean and ready to use. Once meal planning becomes a weekly habit, you might even find yourself saving money and feeling better too!