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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Organize your Meal Planning

  Happy Thursday! It's our LAST organizing post! Wow! It's been over a year since I started these posts. I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as I have and will refer back to the posts often.

If you are just joining us, we have been getting organized using Jennifer Ford Berry's Organize Now book.  


It has some great info and tips on organizing various parts of our life and home. You can see past posts here:

Week 1 about Organizing Your Mind and Life Vision HERE,
Week 2 about Organizing Your Priorities HERE,
Week 3 about Organizing Your Schedule HERE
Week 4 about Organizing Your Cleaning Schedule HERE.
Week 5 about Organizing Your Personal Information HERE. 
Week 6 about Organizing Your Finances HERE. 
      Week 7 about Organizing Your Bill-paying System HERE.
        Week 8 about Organizing Your Receipts and Taxes HERE
Week 9 about Organizing Your Files HERE
                          Week 10 about Organizing your Magazines and Newspapers HERE.
                                               Week 11 about Organizing Your Email HERE
                                                Week 12 about Organizing Your Mail HERE
                                         Week 13 about Organizing Your Child's Toys HERE.
Week 14 about Organizing Your Crafts HERE.
Week 15 about Organizing Your Photographs HERE.
Week 16 about Organizing Your Purse or Wallet HERE. 
 Week 17 about Organizing Your Vehicle HERE.
                                                  Week 18 about Organizing Your Pet HERE.
Week 19 about Organizing Your Books, CDs and DVDs HERE.
Week 20 about Organizing Your Entryway or Mudroom HERE.
                        Week 21 about Organizing Your Family Room or Living Room HERE.
Week 22 about Organizing Your Kitchen Countertops HERE.
Week 23 about Organizing the Kitchen Cabinets HERE.
Week 24 about Organizing the Pantry HERE. 
Week 25 about Organizing the Refrigerator HERE.
Week 26 about Organizing the recipes HERE.
Week 27 about Organizing the dining room HERE.
Week 28 about Organizing the Laundry Room HERE.
Week 29 about Organizing the Bathroom HERE
Week 30 about Organizing the Medicine Cabinet HERE.
Week 31 about Organizing Your Child's Clothes and Closet HERE.
Week 32 about Organizing Your Child's Memorabilia HERE.
Week 33 about Organizing Your Child's Bedroom HERE.
Week 34 about Organizing Your Bedroom Closet HERE
Week 35 about Organizing Your Memorabilia HERE
Week 36 about Organizing Your Master Bedroom HERE
Week 37 about Organizing Your Jewelry, Accessories and Purses HERE.
Week 38 about Organizing your Home Office HERE 
Week 39 about Organizing the Linen Closet HERE.
Week 40 about Organizing the Basement HERE.
Week 41 about Organizing the Attic HERE.
Week 42 about Organizing the Garage HERE.
Week 43 about Organizing the Yard and Garden HERE.
Week 44 about Organizing Your Holiday HERE.
Week 45 about Organizing Your Party HERE
Week 46 about Organizing Your Trip HERE. 
Week 47 about Organizing Your Move HERE.
Week 48 about Organizing Your Back To School Time HERE
Week 49 about Organizing Your Pregnancy HERE 
Week 50 about Organizing Your Nursery HERE
Week 51 about Organizing Your Family's Safety Plan HERE 
Week 52 about Organizing After a Loss HERE
Week 53 about Organizing Your Morning Routine HERE
Week 54 about Organizing Your Evening Routine HERE 
Week 55 about Organizing Your Grocery Shopping HERE

This week we are talking about organizing the meal planning. Do you do this already? I will admit that this has been a harder habit to get into for this procrastinator. But when I do plan at least a few meals out for the week, it saves me time and I always have the ingredients I need from when I did my grocery shopping. I try to plan things out on Friday or Saturday so I am ready to go on Sunday when I shop. I also try to look at the ingredients I already have and plan meals around some of those to avoid the food spoiling.

This Week's Goals:

1. Keep a list of family favorites and staples that everyone enjoys.

2. Search through your cookbooks and online recipes sites that you enjoy. Bookmark ones that you like online or ones you want to try. Keep a list of your favorites and ones to try in the front of your cookbook with the page numbers for easy reference.

3. Jennifer suggests preparing 2 family favorites each week as well as a couple of the staples that your family regularly enjoys. Try one new recipe each week.

4. If your kids are old enough, allow them to plan a meal or help you with the cooking. When you get kids involved in the preparation, they are more likely to eat it. Even if it does have "green stuff" in it. lol


1. Do left over night once a week. Save yourself some time and money! You can double a recipe earlier in the week and either have it again or freeze for a future meal.

2. Don't make separate meals for different family members. Make a healthy dinner that everyone will enjoy (at least a portion of) and keep that rule consistent.

What tips do you have?

Well, this concludes our organizing series. What would you like to see me blog about next? I am open to suggestions.

Thanks and be sure to visit my facebook page soon!


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