Week 8 of the 52 Week Organization is:
Now I plan weekly. I have sheets that I found on pinterest that keep me organized. This is what it looks like:
I found the form (through pinterest) at:
What I like about this form is that it has the meals on one side and a spot to write down the coresponding grocery list on the other.
I used to put all my meals into a monthly calander. I had no place to write grocery lists for the cooresponding meals/weeks. This way combines them so nicely. I have the list and the menu right there! I have these made out for about 4 weeks. Since I go grocery shopping on tuesdays (usually) I always try to make sure I buy what is on next weeks monday menu or have all the ingredients for it!
Every week's menu has all the ingredients for every meal on it even if I have the items at the time I made the list. My reasoning can be explained by an example... This week I have Cheesy Chicken and Rice on my menu. Back when I made this I added chicken, cream of chicken, cheddar cheese and rice to the list. Upon reviewing my list for this weeks shopping trip I am able to cross of rice and cream of chicken soup for this recipe because I have these items in my pantry. I didn't know 3 weeks ago when I made this if I'd have any of those items left, so, instead of forgetting an ingredient because I didn't write it down I am covered.
This also helps me with my "budget". I put budget in " " because I try to stay between $50 and $80 every week. How do I do this you ask? I usually put an approximate store price of the item next to it on the list. This gives me an idea of how much I will be spending. I usually am pretty good at guessing the price. I always guess high. I'd rather be happier that it was cheaper. I also adjust this price while I'm shopping. I try to not change it if it is on sale, I try to keep the orginal price next to it though. Below is an example of a past week. I shop directly off the list on the sheet. No making another list, its not necessary. This is why items are crossed off and there is scribble on it.
The next big section of our homes and lives we'll be working on is all the paper that comes into our homes, and that we need to deal with, save, file, respond to, etc. Since this area of our homes also has lots of things to work on we'll break it down into manageable chunks and work on it for several weeks to get it all under control. Next week we'll work on organizing our addresses and contact information.That will be a fun one, I think. I know I have my phone, Jake's phone, and my written address book out when I write christmas cards or send invites. I'm afraid I will forget somebody! So hopefully the next challenge will kick my rear end into shape and get all these addresses together!