Welcome to the second edition of Tried it Tuesday!
Today I’m going to share with you a project I did a while back and love! I can’t say I use it consistently, but when I do, my life is SO much more organized!
Planning My Menu Board
I combined three different ideas from Pinterest. This one, this one, and this one. The third one I mainly used for fabric backdrop inspiration. (Love, love, love that fabric! I found a pink version on Etsy and love it!)
Here’s what I ended up with.
How My Menu Board Works
I have two kinds of cards. The thin strips are meal cards. They have the meal on the front and the ingredients on the back. The cards hanging across the top are the recipe cards. These cards are color coded by category. There are eight categories, breakfast, chicken, crock pot, home cooking, Italian, Mexican, rice and soup. I try to mix it up each week so I’m not doing all Mexican meals one week and all soup the next.
There are two pockets (made of crayon boxes!) to hold the meal cards. I pull from one and then place them in the other when they’re done to prevent me from cooking the same thing week after week.
So here’s what my week looks like when I’m using this menu board. Wednesday evening, I choose all the meals and make my shopping list. I then place the chosen meals in the clips according to the day I’ll be making the meal. Thursday is shopping day. As I cook the meals, they get pulled from the clips and placed in the “Done” box. If something comes up and I don’t cook a certain day, I save that meal to cook the next week since I’ve already bought the ingredients.
The Menu Board Verdict
I really do love this meal planning system when I use it. I must confess, I get busy and just fly by the seat of my pants many weeks and end up having to make multiple trips to the store. This week, I’m actually using my free membership that came with the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle to Once a Month Meals, so this menu board isn’t in use. It was also a TON of work organizing my recipes, typing them up, making the meal cards, printing, cutting, etc. I do think it was worth it though because when I’m using it, it saves me lots of time and money.
Want to make your own Menu Board?
Bulletin Board with Wood Frame (Large if you want room to pin a calendar like I plan to do…someday, smaller if you don’t care!)
Clothes Pins (I used 10, 7 dinners, 1 lunch, 2 desserts)
2 Empty Crayon Boxes
Pad of Paper
Hooks that will screw into the wood frame
1. Paint: My bulletin board was framed in a pink frame and since my fabric was pink, I wanted it in a coordinating color. I chose blue. Paint your frame and your clothespins.
2. Use the metallic sharpie to write the days of the week on your clothespins.
3. Use hot glue to glue your fabric onto the board. Be sure to fold each edge over so you don’t have any raw edges showing. I just hot glued around the edges really well so I could still pin things to the board if I wanted to.
4. Cut lids off crayon boxes and cover both crayon boxes with paper.
5. Drill small holes in frame and screw in hooks.
6. Hot glue on clothespins, boxes, and pad of paper.
7. Make meal cards and recipe cards.
8. Punch holes in recipe cards and put on rings.
9. Enjoy being more organized than ever!