I love to cook, but one of the areas I struggle with is getting organized in the kitchen. I have a vast collection of cookbooks, and I love to try new recipes. That said, when it’s dinner time, you will often find me standing in the kitchen wondering what I’m going to make for dinner. When I do decide what I’m going to make, you’ll find me hunting through the cupboards trying to figure out whether or not I have all the ingredients I need to make what I’ve chosen. I don’t, and the cycle begins again.
Menu Planning Ideas For Busy Women
In the Decluttering Made Easy 52 week e-course, it discusses getting your recipes organized, creating a meal plan, and organizing your kitchen. These courses really hit home with me. I can see how my disorganization and clutter in the kitchen are really having a negative impact on my menu planning ideas.
- Cookbooks. I have tons of them and they are not organized at all. I can’t find my favorite recipes even if I remember which cookbook they are in.
- Loose recipes. I have printed recipes, clipped recipes, and recipe cards. Again, not organized. Decluttering Made Easy gives some fantastic ideas for organizing all of this into a method that makes it easy to find exactly what I want.
- Internet. I am always looking for new recipes and menu planning ideas but I often lose them once I find them. I now have some ideas for keeping track of this information to make dinner time easier.
Finding menu planning ideas can save you time and money as well as help you get healthier. When I am stuck for last minute ideas at dinner time, I often find myself turning to frozen pizza or take out. Neither of those ideas is good for my waistline or my pocketbook. Menu planning also helps reduce stress at dinner time. There is nothing more frustrating than realizing I will have to run to the store for a forgotten ingredient at 6 PM. Dinner is late. The kids are cranky. My relaxation time after dinner is cut short because dinner is late. It’s just not a good thing all around.
I’ve tried a lot of menu planning ideas in the past and have never stuck with them before. In Decluttering Made Easy, there is an entire lesson devoted to menu planning ideas. You will learn exactly what you need to consider when you are setting up your meal plan as well as learn about some great tools that will help you create them. Best of all, there isn’t just one way of creating a menu plan! There are several ways explained so that you can choose the method that works best for you.
There are checklists, templates, and websites for more information and recipes. There are even suggestions for those of us who have to deal with health issues, weight loss or allergies when menu planning. I found some great new recipes for my daughter who is gluten intolerant. The author shares a variety of websites you can visit to print out FREE menu plans for the whole week with shopping lists. Huge time saver!
If you are working on decluttering and organizing your home, I highly recommend the e-course, (affiliate) Decluttering Made Easy.