Friday, December 21, 2012

January- Getting it Done

I know it isn't quite January yet, but I am excited to get started on my plans.  This is the first month of my 12 months of getting it done plan.  I have decided that January is going to be establishing meal planning in my home.

One thing that I have tried to do multiple times without success is meal planning.  I have a hard time finding the right way to make it work for me and my family.  The first time that I tried it I was pregnant with my first son and cravings got in the way, the next time I tried I ran a daycare out of my home and had to gear my meals towards what 1 year olds would eat, and the next time that I tried I was pregnant again.  I'm not sure why I keep trying to meal plan when I have aspects of my life that will control the meals, but this time I am determined to make it different.

My reasons for wanting to meal plan are organization, less stress meals, lower grocery bills, and less food waste.

One problem that I run into is that my husband is a Chef.  It isn't that he is picky or doesn't like what I cook, it is that when he cooks at home he uses the ingredients that I had planned to use in a separate recipe.  Then when I go to use this ingredient, it is gone and I didn't even know it.  I need to make sure that in my plan I incorporate having extra ingredients available when needed and separated from the meal planned items.

I have researched different ways to meal plan and am going to try out different things until I find the one that works.

A few things that I plan on looking for are organization, ease of use, labeling of meal items (to keep my husband out of the planned ingredients).

Any suggestions or advice is welcomed.

I plan to officially start on January 1st but since I start my break from school on Monday, I might start working on it over my Christmas break.


  1. Maybe you should have a designated area in the refrigerator or cabinet for meal plan meals only and no one can touch those items unless they make the designated meal.

    1. That's a great idea Rezza21. I was thinking of doing something like that and even go as far as dividing the meals up in advance and storing the ingredients for each meal together. Thanks for your thoughts and for reading!


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