Last night, I closed the kitchen at 8:30, watched some tv with the family and a house guests then went to bed. I woke this morning to find every drawer and every door in the kitchen open. My system isn't perfect, but like I have said before, we will get through this together. I picked up all the dirty dishes and ran the dishwasher, started a load of laundry and finished my morning dailies.
The weekly chore that I want to talk about today is meal planning. Meal planning for me is not just writing down food and buying it. Meal planning starts the day before I grocery shop with cleaning out the fridge and deciding if there is anything I need to use up. I then look at the ads and plan a menu for the week. Some people are able to plan for 2 weeks at a time, but I am just not able to think that far in advance. I plan our main meal of the day and plan to have foods available for lunches, but sometimes we do eat leftovers at lunch.
After the fridge is cleaned out, I make a list of any staples that appear to be running low, then I pull up the ad for the grocery store and plan my meals. I tend to use pinterest to store my recipes because I am a very visual person. I do not buy my entire weeks fresh fruits and vegetables on this shop, but I do buy about three days worth. I don't know about your stores, but 3 days is about all I get out of vegetables here. After that they start to look sad and wilted or they go bad.
I have found that with fruits, I can wash them and cut them up, then soak them for a few minutes in a solution of vinegar and water and then rinse them off again. This seems to get me a few extra days use.
The morning after I have made my list, I grocery shop. It is nice to come home to a fridge and pantry that have already been cleaned out and it makes putting groceries away a much easier task. My pantry has been sorted and is full of dollar store containers to help me organize items. I will post later about how my fridge is organized because now it is time to get to work!