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Developing a Menu Plan Routine

Since having my son, I’ve learned that having a routine  is the best way to keep me organized. When I have a routine – I’m able to plan ahead, be effective and purposeful.

Menu planning has not always been my favorite household chore.  I’d much rather organize my pantry or clean kitchen floors. I know thats probably weird, but it’s true.  I find a lot of joy in organizing and cleaning. Therefore, developing a routine for menu planing was extremely helpful for me and posting it every week keeps me accountable!

If you don’t have a routine already or you want to get back into the swing of things, today I have 3 tips for you to develop a menu plan routine.

#1. Pick a day and time. 

Last summer I read Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews. And ever since, I have been using her method for prioritizing my time. I learned there are some variables of time that I can’t change, but for the time that I can prioritize, I just had to tell that activity when it was going to be done. That meant meal planning has to be done at least once a week, on Thursdays (most of the time) and I needed at least 60 minutes to complete the menu. (I write my menu plan post durning this time, this is why it takes me at least 60 minutes.)

But for you what day of the week works best for menu planning? What time of that day would be the convenient?  Try to stick with your routine consistently for a month.  Crystal from Money Saving Mom, has mentioned on her blog that it takes at least 4 to 6 weeks to develop habit successfully.  Be flexible, if after a few weeks that time or day is not working, no worries, try a different day or time!

#2. Pick a place to menu plan. 

I love spending some quiet time making my menu. My den is the perfect place. I have my computer, cookbooks and magazines all in one place.  And of course my comfy office chair, a sweet treat and some water is the perfect way to spend an hour menu planning.

What place in your home is convenient, comfy and enjoyable to plan your menu?  Use that space weekly to plan your menu. Plus it’s a great way to enjoy that room of your house you might not use as much! :) 

#3. Write down your routine.

I know it might sound silly, but write down 3 to 5 steps you would do to develop your routine. Then keep your routine in a visible and organized place.  I keep my routine in my home binder. I know: nerd! :-) But it works for me!

Here is my routine:

  • Print grocery list.
  • Inventory pantry, refrigerator and freezer for items on hand.
  • Grab a snack and water to take to the den.
  • Gather cookbooks and recipes from magazines.
  • Devote 10 minutes to searching Pinterest or Blogs.
  • Write out menu and grocery list

Remember find what works best for you!  These are just three ways that have helped me develop a routine.  It’s not rocket science, it’s menu planning. Make it fun, make it enjoyable and make it your routine! :)

What tips can you share that help you stick to menu planning each week? 

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  1. I love you your menu planning routine. :-) I find routines work best for me as well (in all areas of life) and I have many of them printed out and placed in my home management notebook.
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    • I couldn’t agree with you more Rose. I too find routines work best in every area of life! I’m also glad I’m not the only one who has a home management notebook! It’s a lifesaver!

      • By the way the turtle on your blog is so stinking cute. I showed my son and he was like “uh oh” when he saw the picture of the turtle eating the blackberry. Children, they say the cutest things!