I can organize your home with my eyes closed and I can create an efficient office in your business, but for the life of me, creating a meal plan I can stick to has been my biggest struggle. I had tried several layouts for my planner in an effort to get me inspired and nothing was working until I created this. I like to sit down and plan my menu out weekly, so I needed something that would lay it all out for me.
Here is my new system and a printable that you can use as well:
- I created a tab in my planner specifically for meal-planning.
- The first page is a list of everything I need to do – I check it off with an erasable pen every Wednesday.
- I generally begin at the right of the form, by deciding what to have on each day.
- I inventory my pantry, freezer and refrigerator right on the page (I print these front to back).
- The second column prompts me to explore what can be made with what I already have. I love the idea of “shopping” my own pantry.
- Then creating a list of what we need to buy to complete the plan is such a useful tool to have right there.
When I plan weekly instead of monthly, I feel it saves me time and takes up much less space. I also find that sticking to basically the same menu week-to-week cuts the monotony down considerably. So far, I have planned out several weeks without feeling the need to throw something together last minute, so I am very pleased to share this with you. This specific template is designed for an A5 size Filofax or any planner that fits a half sheet of letter-size paper, and is available in PDF only. You will need to trim this page down for your punch to fit just right for the A5.
(For free time-saving downloads – click on the “printables” tab above!)
Do you have a Meal-Planning tip you’d like to share? We would love to hear your clever ideas in the comments below…