Home » Becky's Blog » Cleaning & Menu Planning

Cleaning & Menu Planning

Hi sweet friends! Can you believe it’s already Monday?  Another weekend has come and gone.  I spent most of the weekend in the kitchen.  After the Holidays I didn’t have the chance to “deep-clean” when I put away the decorations.  So I got busy wiping down shelves and organizing cabinets. kitchen-berry crate While I do enjoy having the open shelves in the kitchen, I dislike cleaning them.  Maybe if I didn’t place so many dishes up there…but I try to keep dishes we regularly use within reach, and this set-up works well for us.  kitchen-dishes  Anyway, as I finished up the kitchen, I sat down to plan the week’s menu.  One thing I really wanted to improve on this year is menu planning.  Instead of deciding what to cook each day at 5:00pm…I am planning out the week’s meals so that I know which meat to have defrosting the night before.  I found this Household Menu Organizer at Lifeway Bookstore for $5 ! kitchen-menu organizer kitchen-meal calendar It has a monthly calendar for writing your daily meal and a grocery list for each week.  It really has helped me to stay organized and plan ahead. kitchen-grocery list I also have been clipping more coupons. A friend told me about Coupons.com, and it seems to have coupons that I really use.  This organizer has a pocket to store coupons for each month. kitchen-coupons So I thought maybe if you are looking to do a “menu makeover” this year, you would really enjoy this organizer.  Also, it has tips on making healthy meals for your family and the importance of eating fresh. kitchen-french jar kitchen-eat sign Now, my kitchen is clean and my meals are planned for the week… kitchen-roses Wish the rest of the house was in order 🙂 Do you make weekly menus? I’d love to hear how you stay organized in this area. Maybe soon we could talk about keeping the pantry and fridge organized… Thanks for stopping by! PS I’ll post the winner of INSPIRED YOU by Miss Mustard Seed real soon :} Blessings

Post Tagged with : , , , , ,

23 Responsesso far.

  1. I am working on a set of menus this week, as a matter of fact. I did this years ago and got away from it. Now I am returning. It will be good.

  2. Geli says:

    Hello Becky! You' re so busy and your kitchen is so beautiful. I make every week a list of what to cook so I can plan what to buy once a week and have everything at home. So, I find, I save time and money. Dear Becky, I wish you a beautiful week! With love, Geli

  3. As much as I try menus I just won't stick with it, I am more a decide in the morning and fix it for dinner kind of gal. When company comes to stay I do make a list of breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas and then pull from them.

  4. Dan says:

    Your kitchen looks great! Have a great week!


  5. Anne says:

    Beautiful photos as always Becky!Looking forward to recipes too!

  6. It's me says:

    Your kitchen looks great darling !!…lovely !!…have a nice week….xxx…

  7. Beautiful truly beautiful. I love looking at this blog… Always so lovely.

  8. When I had the children at home I did plan my menus, based on what was on sale and the coupons. I had a book similar to yours. It worked pretty well…and I saved lots of money.
    Problem was over time no one wanted what was on the menu that day…."spagetti? It's too hot" or "we had that a school" or "I want the chicken that is on Tues" or the advertised meat wasn't as good looking as I had hoped…..
    Now it is just the two of us and I don't plan like that anymore….but it does help. Good Luck and great job….

  9. beautiful arranging in the kitchen, thanks for sharing

  10. Amy Kinser says:

    I am deep cleaning myself today and it feels so good. When the sun shines outside it makes me see the dirt more.

    Not much menu planning around here, but I do try to begin thinking about it in the morning before school.

    Love all of your stacks of dishes! Love you more!

  11. Sheila says:

    I am a meal planner, but just in my head. I need to write it down because I am always having to run back to the store for something.
    Today I am cleaning out the junk drawer. I can't even find a pen anymore. I do believe it has been 2 years since it's last cleaning. Yikes.

  12. Judi says:


    I am very much a planner! I keep a list of meals (entree, side dish, etc.) in Excek and use that for planning. I usually plan meals at the beginning of the week (another Excel file) and make my grocery list from there (which is yet another Excel file). For the most part, we stick to the meal plan. But sometimes things change during the week.

    Blessings! Judi

  13. I have open shelves, too, and I clean them off 2-3 times a year. I love redecorating them, although most of the space is taken up with everyday dishes and things. I LOVE your kitchen!

    The menu organizer is just what I need. My biggest problem is making meals that everyone agrees they like. So…I ordered the book. Now I can sit down with my family, plan meals and then shop. Thanks so much, Becky!


  14. I should be more organized for meal planning…think I will challenge myself to do so!
    Beautiful photos!

  15. I think menu planning relieves so many stresses! you can see what I do at this link: http://mommybug-ibshell.blogspot.com/2011/06/mommy-tip-tuesday.html
    Everyone has to find what works best for them, this works best for me. I love your organizer, and wha a deal at $5!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I do like the way you have framed this specific difficulty plus it does
    provide me personally a lot of fodder for consideration.
    On the other hand, because of just what I

    have personally seen, I basically

    trust as the actual commentary pack on that men and women stay

    on point and not get started upon a soap box

    regarding some other news of the day. All the same, thank
    you for this

    exceptional piece and although I

    can not agree with the idea in totality, I regard

    the viewpoint.

    Here is my weblog; http://www.blindandsons.com
    Stop by my page Online TV Spain

  17. Becky, your open shelving is so pretty and looks fresh! AND I love all the white!!!
    I menu plan too and post it. I'd be so much more stressed if I didn't! Wonderful blog… I'm so happy to stop by!

  18. very pretty blog! i just started one two months ago~we live in 182 year old farmhouse <3

  19. Anonymous says:

    It is the best time to make some plans for the longer term

    and it is time to be happy. I have read this put up and if I

    could I want to counsel you few attention-

    grabbing things or tips. Perhaps you could write next articles

    relating to this article. I wish to learn even more

    issues about it!

    Also visit my web-site :: rehmananwar.blogspot.com
    my web site: cheap flights to sacramento

  20. Anonymous says:

    I have been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article

    like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.
    In my view, if all site

    owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet
    will be much more useful than ever before.

    Review my blog – galerieolsen.keogratuit.com
    Feel free to visit my weblogElche apartments for sale

  21. Robin says:

    You are way ahead of the game! I normally only plan a week or two at a time. But lately even that seems to be a struggle. Hopefully I'll get my act together soon. LOL.

  22. Such pretty kitchen pictures! I love your open shelves. I've gone through phases where I've made menus… I cook almost every meal at home, so I usually have a well stocked pantry, refrigerator and freezer, but I don't usually decide what will be for dinner until that morning. My cravings change too frequently I guess! 😉 I'm loving your organizer though.

  23. Hello sir, I got you by Google search.

    Here has so alternative posting about of article Cleaning & Menu Planning.It is a very well site.Its help us many many way. I like this article for the importance of it as I want to share Here at Shifra Construction NYC we specialize, in entire home reworking which includes rest room and kitchen remodeling, floor, interior layout and many extra reworking products and services. Our project is to offer customized products and services by way of our professional structure nyc team of workers. Our contractor nyc can assist you with every stage of your next house remodeling mission from the design to the deploy.

    Thank You Very Much For a Nice & Cool Article.