How to Populate a Shopping List from a Meal Plan!

We have a completed menu, but that doesn’t really help us when it comes to knowing what to keep in stock now does it!? Part 2 of meal planning, in my book, means that I should have a list of exactly everything I need to buy from the store to make said dishes. I also don’t want to go every night, twice a week, or even once a week. Try twice a month!

Here’s how I did it.

Month of meal plans laid out

I went back to my month and started a new spreadsheet in Google Drive. I started with day one, Precooked Chicken and frozen veggies. Ok, easy. So on my new spreadsheet, I made two columns, one for week one, the second for week two. Looks a bit like this:

BlankBiMonthlyShoppingListThen I put down the Precooked Chicken and frozen veggies at the top of column one, and kept the color coding, just because I’m a color coding type of person. I did that for every meal I was cooking for. And finally I went through each recipe, using my Recipe Master List from the first post, and filled out each dish.

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Finally I print out that list and go through my pantry, crossing off what I already have. And viola! Ready to go shopping!

But wait! There’s more! What about the other things that I need to get from the store, you ask? Well I simply printed out this handy dandy sheet and pinned it to the wall in the kitchen. Whenever we run out of something, say paper towels, my husband or myself can write it down on this list. If it doesn’t get written down, it doesn’t get bought. Tough love style!

grocery list

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Stepping into a Capsule Wardrobe (Part 1)

I’m not sure if many people are bugged by this, but I am, so hence this blog post! I hate stepping into my closet and have to skinny by two rows of almost touching clothing on hangers, being speared by the odd hanger out, my drawers not closing and even overflowing. How I have to split my laundry into four or five loads to get it all done, I can’t find anything, nothing matches, everything has holes or smells or is too small, -deep inhale- yeah. And more, loads more. I have so much to complain about when it comes to my closet! Plus, I feel like I’m getting materialistic, I get jealous when someone else has something cool/better/nicer, and depressed when I can’t afford more. That just doesn’t speak of a healthy Christian heart to me.

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Shameful, I know. Ok, I admit,  cleaned it up really well before I took this picture.

Enter in the capsule wardrobe! Now if you’ve never heard of a capsule wardrobe like me, this is the general idea. 31 items (or fewer, I’ve seen a few who do 18 or even 16 items) total in your closet. This includes shoes, scarves, jewelry, but excludes undies, bras, camis, workout clothes, and pjs. There are two ways of doing the 31 items as well. One way is 31 items for cool weather, and 31 for warm weather. The other is 31 items absolutely total, both cold and hot weather. I will be doing the first way, 31 per major temperature change.

That sounds absolutely terrifying and I’m not going to lie, I’ve taken several months to get to acting on this idea. What finally got me committed were those gorgeous images of model home closets and the shows on HGTV where they redo the entire home and the lady’s closets are so super pristine.

So here’s today’s homework to get us started into the mood. Find images that make your jaw drop of gorgeous closets! What is your closet inspiration? Please feel free to share in the comments below! See you in a week!

Here’s one of my favorite closets:

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/closets/top-organizing-tips-for-closets/#page=10 
Image Credit: Better Homes and Gardens
Header image credit: Better Homes and Gardens

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The Not-So-Monster-To-Do-List Update

So I’ve been relatively silent the past few days (ahem weeks). Sorry about that. I’m now in the last few weeks of pregnancy and I’m tired. I have been working in the background on my list I posted last, though! Here’s an update on what I’ve finished and what I still would like to do. All things that require me to buy new or put holes in the wall at this point will be on hold until we move. Red is still accomplish-able before the move.

  • SELL THE THINGS:
    • Sell motherboard, and other computer component
    • Donate the rest/unsellable
    • Sell old phones (Samsung and Sony)
    • Sell ipad Not selling anymore
    • Sell hammock (in warmer weather)
  • DONATE THE THINGS:
    • All the things
  • BUY/FIND THE THINGS:
    • Boxes for organizing
    • Drawers for Finn’s clothing 
  • MAKE THE THINGS:
    • Cover cardboard boxes
    • Research nicely designed documents and update: calender (monthly, weekly, daily), chore sheet, etc.
    • Make binders by ODA classes: schedules, supply lists, when to email, when to buy supplies, etc.
  • ORGANIZE THE THINGS:
    • Small
      • Bar/kitchen counter
        • Flour, sugar, & coffee containers Found at Target for $5 each on sale!
        • Soap stand (on hold for the move)
      • Nick’s desk area (now up to Nick)
      • Entertainment center
        • Hide router in decorative box
      • Nick’s woodshop (also up to Nick)
      • Sofa table shelves
      • Entry
        • Coat hooks (on hold for the move)
        • Floor mat (on hold for the move)
      • Medicine cabinet
        • Organized jars
      • Toilet/shower area
        • Hang towel shelf in shower area
        • Make magazine rack (on hold for the move)
        • Get grippy mats for under the rugs
      • Laundry area
        • Ironing board wall hooks OR stacked curtain rods for drying (on hold for the move)
        • Missing socks collection (on hold for the move)
        • Stain cheat sheet (on hold for the move)
      • Front porch/door
        • Coffee filter wreath/Some sort of wreath (on hold for the move)
        • New welcome mat (on hold for the move)
    • Medium
      • Fridge
        • Healthy snack grab-bags
        • Meal a day go-basket
      • Kitchen cabinets
        • Dishes are dirty/clean magnet
        • Baskets for Tupperware
        • Fruit baskets
        • Minimize dishes (half way done)
        • Mason jar cupcake paper containers
      • Under/on sink
        • Cake stand soap holder (on hold for the move)
        • Curtain rod bottle hanger
      • Command Center
        • Menu clip board
        • Monthly meal plan
        • Mail in/out (on hold for the move)
        • Cleaning schedule
      • Pantry
        • Containers for cereal, noodles, etc.
        • Baskets for misc mixes and boxes
      • My desk area
      • Sitting area
        • Gallery wall (not a gallery wall anymore!)
      • Bathroom counter
        • Old wine rack into hand towel holder (on hold for the move)
        • Guest basket tier supplies (on hold for the move)
        • Left wall shelves (on hold for the move)
      • Under bathroom counter
      • Back porch
        • More seating (on hold for the move)
        • Table (on hold for the move)
    • Large
      • Bookshelves
        • Go through books 
        • Stage
        • Fabric foam core board background (on hold for the move)
      • Coffee Nook
        • Shelf liners for wire rack
        • New sugar bowl 
        • Artwork for wall
      • Bathroom cabinets
        • First Aid box
        • Medicines organized in boxes according to problem
        • Box or lazy Susan for chems. (still need to get rid of even more)
      • Master Bedroom
        • Finish night tables
          • Baskets, handles, and contact paper
        • Hang monogram
        • Make voice wave paintings
        • Buy throw pillows, new quilt, throw blanket (on hold for the move)
        • Get wedding prints made and framed (on hold for the move)
      • Finn’s nursery
        • Gallery wall (not a gallery wall anymore)
        • Pack n’ play
      • Nick’s closet
        • Labeled drawers and plastic containers (ish, it’s a tiny excuse for a closet)
        • Unbend door shelves and add backing (maintenance man’s job)
    • Super-massive: my closet
      • Art and school supplies
        • Boxes, drawers, cups, etc. organized
      • Storage
        • Labeled plastic boxes
        • Personal clothing
          • Space saving hangers (doesn’t actually save space)
          • Underwear organizer
          • Jewelry organizer
          • Capsule/Mix&Match wardrobe
        • Possibly a small make up table?? (not yet)
      • Finn’s stuff
        • Drawers and boxes (on hold for the move)

The micro-sized list:

BUY THE THINGS:

  • Drawers for Finn’s clothing 
  • Fruit baskets
  • Containers for cereal, noodles, etc.
  • Baskets for misc mixes and boxes
  • New sugar bowl 
  • Finish night tables (baskets and contact paper)
  • Underwear organizer
  • Capsule/Mix&Match wardrobe

MAKE THE THINGS:

  • Cover cardboard boxes
  • Research nicely designed documents and update: calender (monthly, weekly, daily), chore sheet, etc.
  • Make binders by ODA classes: schedules, supply lists, when to email, when to buy supplies, etc.
  •  Fridge
    • Healthy snack grab-bags
    • Meal a day go-basket
  • Kitchen cabinets
    • Dishes are dirty/clean magnet
    • Minimize dishes (half way done)
    • Mason jar cupcake paper containers
  • Command center
    • Cleaning schedule
  •  My desk area
  • Bathroom
    • Box or lazy susan for Chems
  • Master Bedroom
    • Voice wave paintings
    • Labeled plastic boxes
    • Personal clothing (Capsule/Mix&Match wardrobe)