Not to mention my sanity in trying to come up with something for dinner with a hodge-podge of ingredients.
I simply used 7 plastic buckets, cotton rope and made up a quick batch of diy Chalkboard Labels. Remember to season new labels by rubbing on chalk, then erase and they are ready to go! I would really like to find some pretty baskets to use but I had the buckets on hand so they will work for now. Learn how to make your own labels here:
|DIY Label Tutorial|
I wrote a letter to it's corresponding day on each label then tied it onto the bucket. They happened to fit just perfect across the back counter in my pantry.
The next day was shopping day and it was a little weird feeling excited about filling up my dinner buckets when I got home. As I put away the groceries I added what would be used to prepare that nights dinner into each bucket. Besides anything that needed to be refrigerated of course.
This also helped to free up space on the shelves and keep them organized too. Now I can use my Weekly Calendar (which happens to be hung right outside the Pantry door) and write what we are having for dinner on the yellow menu frame. Even less thinking. I like it. There are even some great printables for Meal Planning to help with grocery shopping too! You can find several great ones on my Free Printables Pinterest Board.
Now I just need to stick to it for just a little while and it will become a habit. A habit that will save me time, energy and money. I love it. Oh, by the way, we're having spaghetti on Wednesday =) Happy Meal Planning!
Do you want to DeClutter your home? You can follow along with me & view my (gasp) before & after pictures, and join in too if you'd like!
Do you meal plan? Have you found you save money and time? Any tips to share? Please leave a comment below =)