How many times are we going to say to ourselves after a trip to the grocery store, “I wish I would have made a list” or there’s always the, “I think I have part of the ingredients to this recipe” and the “now, I know I bought some garlic powder a few trips ago” listen, I do this shit All Of Time! I’ve been telling myself I need to implement and stick to a meal plan for years. I started slacking so this post is also a little motivation for myself…. shhh 😉
Today my friends, I made up a great list for what you could call “grocery day” or rather “kitchen day” a day that’s completely dedicated to your kitchen, which can be “anything” that can do with that entire space. I don’t know about you but I live in the kitchen! I live in the laundry room too but let’s not even go there right now. Today’s main focus is meal planning and organizing your workspace. Just let me tell you that a clean kitchen makes you want to get organized, I promise… And we can’not forget what the “fly lady” says about a clean kitchen sink. She’ll say in her posts to just take out everything in your messy sink and set it on the floor…. Ummm, I do not have that big of an issue with cleaning but if you do, I highly recommend checking out FlyLadyPlus. It’s for real troublesome cleaning situations, hoarding, you get it.
Here’s what my “grocery day-kitchen day” looked like and this worked well for me. It didn’t take up my entire day and I was sitting on my couch playing with the little one before noon.
First things first, I started with the refrigerator I know, I know I didn’t want to go there either. I pulled out all of the contents of the fridge and opened up the leftover containers, threw out all items that were expired or (almost) empty. Take a towel and your cleaner and wipe everything down. Place everything back in, wiped off (don’t put it back in with ketchup running down the sides of the bottle or all that crusty hot sauce build up on the nozzle) It’s a better feeling putting everything back neater (even though it might not stay that way for long) and cleaner!
After everything was back in place with the fridge, I moved over to the cabinets. Just start pulling everything out, you’ll be really shocked at what you find. Actually you probably just found 8 things you didn’t even know you had in there. Give your cabinets a good wipe down inside and out and place those items back in there. Afterward, I moved right on over to the microwave, pulled out the glass and rinsed it off. *** See, I didn’t have to do the usual “soak the melted cheese that’s been living on it for 3 months”, because I have already started my cleaning plan. It’s really simple once you have a cleaning schedule that you stick to. You have to keep it up, ultimately it’s less work in the end.
After you’ve gathered a list of the items you need or ran out of pull out those cookbooks and grab your iPad or phone and start making your meal plan. Pinterest (go figure) is always my online recipe book. I recommend setting your meal plan for 1 week only. In my experience with any meal plan that has ever worked. I learned that monthly plans are just too complicated and they can get expensive. Organization is key here, make sure that you have a plan and stay focused. If you’re on a strict budget, this will be your friend. Leaving the kiddos home with daddy is the best way to concentrate on what you need done, so you’re in and out if that’s even an option. In my case, it rarely is.
I’d love to tell you that I have a list that you can download with a plan but as for now, I’m working on a new menu myself. My soon to be toddler is such a finicky eater. I’ve been struggling with meal ideas that fill up his little tummy lately. My kids seem to like a meal and stick with it until they wear it out to the point that they can’t even stand the sight of it anymore. I’m guilty of the same thing.
Recently I started something new, it’s a daily meal journal. What I’m trying to figure out is how many times I am serving the same dish every month and to also get some new ideas. I’m trying to do something different. I know that if I’m tired of eating the usual menu then they have to be too.
Grab your pen and paper and start your list(s):
You’re going to make a shopping list and your weekly meal plan. Download a pretty, free printable from Pinterest. My go to for meal planning printables are Laura at I heart planners.
Here are just a few ideas for your “kitchen management” inspiration. For me, when I’m sitting around the house looking around thinking to myself, “ya know, I should get off my butt and do something around here” I love reading posts similar to this one. Seeing the hard work of others is an easy motivator for me. I hope you got a little inspired to get up and start a meal/kitchen plan.