Often at the beginning of a new year, we are all in need of getting organized. I’m not sure if it’s because we have had a full year of letting things get cluttered, or it’s just a great time to focus on catching up.
And with being organized, comes saving money. If we can make a menu plan, either weekly or monthly, it certainly keeps us on top of things and saves money.
Doug and I are super busy, and although that is an awesome thing, we tend to let things get out of hand. Toward the end of the year, our pantry was REALLY out of control. So during the holidays we took everything out, grouped all the like items together and put everything back in. Then we made a stock up list and headed to Walmart to tackle a major shopping trip.
Knowing what you have on hand is half the battle when it comes to menu planning. While we always plan our Monthly Menu, we don’t always do a good job of shopping our pantry first. Here are some ideas to get you started organizing your pantry…
Pantry from a little of this, a little of that blog
The House of Smiths shares her pantry
And to help with your Menu Planning…
The Clay Family shared her Menu Board along with a great Family Command Center
Tiffany from Eat at Home shares a Free Weekly Menu Printable with space to write your grocery list. I’ve used this one, and love it! Tiffany is also offering a FREE eBook with Slow Cooker recipes, just sign up to receive her email newsletter! We have used many of her recipes, and love them!
Design Finch shares some fun Weekly Menu Plan Printables and other weekly organizing printables.
And last but certainly not least…I’m in love with this Chalkboard Menu Planner that Fussy Monkey Business shared. I think we need to add it to our DIY to-do list!
And for even more Menu Planning ideas, check out Menu Planning 101 by Mommy Hates Cooking.
Follow along every Tuesday in January, we will be sharing ways to help you get your kitchen organized for the new year!