Spring Start – Meal organizing

mini daffodilsSomething about the subtle change of the season, just spurs me on to rethink my day and my week. The gradual move into Spring is no different. Time to come out of hibernation and stretch.

It’s time to organize again. As the sun streams in our windows (add clean windows to list), I start to think about Spring cleaning. Areas I have ignored are cruelly highlighted by the shafts of sun cutting into the house.

fly visitor

Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while, will know I sometimes follow the Fly Lady method of household management. I keep it going for a few months and then……

apple bud

Time to start again.

First up, I need to re-establish meal planning. Apart from anything, it saves time and stress. I can only plan ahead to Friday, as I’ve re-established our local veg box order, which is delivered then. No point planning leek and ham pie for Saturday, if no leeks are included.

So here is my evening plan for the next five days. Lunch planning starts next week. You may guess that my first rule in meal planning is to make it look fun.

Meal Plan wk1

Another advantage to meal planning is that the shopping list pretty much writes itself. Both the list and the menu will be pinned up in the kitchen. The children love reading it! Not sure if I’ll post a meal planner here every week, but this marks the start. I will be back to share the rest of my getting organized with the Fly Lady (Sink Reflections).

Great book. I can recommend it, although I flatly refuse to follow her advice on the type of shoes I should be wearing. There our paths definitely part.

dog head planter

( Dogs will not be happy with me returning to meal planning. This is the post Gwinny the dog wrote when I first started to plan. Not only save money, but cuts down on waste.)

Anyone else springing into action? If so, how do you do it?

Β Linking up with Clarina’s Savouring the Season and Share with me

13 thoughts on “Spring Start – Meal organizing

  • Wednesday 5 March, 2014 at 2:45 pm
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    Thank you ever so much for linking up with Share With Me. It’s great to meet you and your lovely blog. I love getting to know more blogs out there as I am still so new at it all myself. I love a good routine and meal planning. It definitely makes shopping so much easier and depending on the day I don’t have to think so hard what should I cook for dinner. It’s already thought of for the week. Good luck with it. Some weeks I fall off and don’t plan those always make me feel so unorganized. I hope to see you again next week! Thanks for the blog support and linking up. πŸ™‚

    • Thursday 6 March, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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      You are right. Meal planning does make me feel more organized and the rest of the house routine just follows.

  • Wednesday 5 March, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    Funnily enough, I’ve jut gone back to meal planning again this week, too, though i don’t plan snacks, too – you’ve taken it to the next level there! Must be something about Sping then.. πŸ™‚

    • Thursday 6 March, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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      I have to plan snacks otherwise I have a mad panic rush to the shops at school picking up time. Waste of money, and not so healthy as homemade.

  • Wednesday 5 March, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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    Gotta love a meal plan! I’m a big convert these days. We used to just wing it but there was always so much food in the freezer and we were overspending on the grocery shopping. Now though, it’s great as I plan the meals, know what to but, it costs less and saves a lot of hassle. Snacks and lunches are more vaguely planned these days but I have to plan the evening meals. My computer crashed last week and I lost the meal plan, was so lost that week without it! #sharewithme xx

    • Thursday 6 March, 2014 at 2:01 pm
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      I feel your pain. Meal plans should be prescribed as stress relievers. Really does save money and time.

  • Wednesday 5 March, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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    I’m in the process of trying to get back on track with the Fly Lady too! I also ignore her advice on shoes πŸ™‚

    • Thursday 6 March, 2014 at 2:00 pm
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      The system works well for me, when I use it. Not sure why I keep getting out of the swing of it. Must try harder. (so long as it does not involve shoes)

  • Thursday 6 March, 2014 at 7:36 pm
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    Great post although I did groan when you mentioned spring cleaning. I’ve been trying to push that thought from my mind πŸ™‚ #ShareWithMe

    • Friday 7 March, 2014 at 12:44 pm
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      Don’t we all. Can’t ignore it when the sun highlights it.

  • Friday 7 March, 2014 at 3:10 pm
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    I love planning meals in advance, though your meal planner looks much better way to organise than my scraps of paper πŸ™‚

    • Friday 7 March, 2014 at 3:57 pm
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      I use backs of envelopes some weeks, but I’ve noticed that I start missing weeks when I do that. Dressing it up is my way of doing it properly. Works for me!

  • Thursday 13 March, 2014 at 1:26 am
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    There is something about the springtime that makes you want to get organised, isn’t there? I’ve been meal planning for a couple of years… It’s honestly halved our waste and halved our food bill. Thanks so much for linking up with #SavouringtheSeason

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