Sometimes I feel really organized and sometimes I don't. About a month ago, I was feeling more on the "don't" side and every now and again, even those of us organized folks need to recheck and rework things. December was a blur and January started that way too. I needed a refocus badly. The other thing is I keep thinking about the fact that in 8 short weeks I'm going to have a baby in the house and all sense of organization is going to fly out the window, so I need to do what I can now.
One thing I've gotten really lazy on is daily chores. I do laundry almost everyday...just one load, but other things can fall really behind. My sweet friend told me about these lists. They are perfect for what I need right now because sometimes we feel really self motivated and sometimes we don't. Motivated Mama has several down loadable list options: full week on one page, full week on half page, with our without Bible reading assignments. It's great. Everyday there are different chores; clean the inside and outside of the microwave, wipe down washer and dryer, clip kids' fingernails. They are short, easy, doable lists and it's all stuff we don't do often enough. My house is feeling clean now and I like that. I just do what the list says...sometimes we all need to be bossed :)
The other thing that needed attention was my planner. I love my planner and I need it like I need air..pretty much. I've talked a lot about it here and here. I have revamped it a little bit. But it still includes most of what it did before. The menu section needed some help and I really needed to get better about planning meals. So behind my "menu" section in my planner, I have my Meal Planning sheets. (You can download it by clicking on the link.) And behind the menu sheets, I have my grocery list. Every Friday, I've been trying my darnedest to sit down and make a menu...opposed to serving cereal and toast 3 nights a week...ahem.
The hard thing for me about planning menus is I have 25 awesome cookbooks, a binder full of pinterest and magazine recipes I love, and two books full of family and friend recipes I also love. So when I plan that's a lot of stuff I have to gather. I set up this system a few years ago with a couple girlfriends and it really works well for me, I'd just gotten away from it. So I'm bringing it back.
It takes a little prep to begin with, but when you're done it's great. So I gathered up all my favorite cookbooks, recipes, and clippings. I used index cards and each card has the ingredients for our favorite meals and where I can find it...what book to look in and the page. If I find a new recipe I love, I add another card to the pack.
So when I menu plan, I just take my pack of cards and sit down with my menu planning sheet. Each card tells exactly what I need to buy. Then when I get ready to cook, I get that cookbook out and make a super amazing dinner...at least I think so ;)
On my March List, I'm hoping to make a big stock of freezer crockpot meals before Spring Chick comes. My friend Kirsten has posted a whole bunch of really yummy looking recipes that are calling my name. Check out her post here.
Are you feeling organized? I'm trying...at least I know my sink is clean and what I'm having for dinner. That's something ;)