This month, we’ve been tackling all kinds of little household projects in a series called Taking Care of Small Things. The idea is to spend an hour or less on each of these projects. My hope is that by carving out a little time now for such tasks, you’ll save big time and money in the future!
In case you missed it, here are some of the things we’ve already tackled:
- Updating your pantry’s herbs & spices (FREE printable for this task!)
- Change the furnace filter
- Adding important numbers to your cell phone
- Organizing your keys
Today’s task is going to help you with future meal planning and grocery list writing! AND, I’m also giving you another super cute FREE printable.
Your task today? Is to print this checklist and fill it with your family’s 50 favorite dinners! (Of course, you can make your own list, but I’m pretty partial to how cute this one looks!)
To do this, I found a quiet spot to sit, gathered up my cookbooks, browsed my Pinterest account, and reflected. What are the meals I make the most often for my family? Don’t forget your simple go-to meals, such as Costco roast chicken or tacos! If you eat it regularly for dinner, put it on your list.
Now, you might be wondering: why exactly make this list? Here’s why. Because it’s going to help you greatly when you sit to plan your meals for the week. Instead of racking your brain what to cook, you’ll have a great list to reference!
The funny thing that I noticed was that it was pretty easy to fill in the first 25 meals, but I really had to stop and ponder to finish the list. The truth is most of us make a lot of the same meals over and over. By making the list 50 instead of 25, you’ll likely have to really think a bit about your meals over the past 2 or 3 months. I hope having this list at the ready will help you avoid dinner ruts, if even a bit!
There are a few ideas of what to do with your completed list. I ended up laminating mine and placing it front and center on the fridge. If you have more time and interest, you could collect all 50 recipes and put it all together in a small binder. What other ideas do you have?
I hope that you’ve been enjoying this series and are finding your household slowly coming into order! Join me Friday for this week’s final challenge.