Everyone has busy lives with active families. One way I’ve found that’s easier to help my home run more smoothly is by having weekly family meetings. Every Sunday morning we sit down and talk about everyone’s plan for the week including work schedules and activities (very important when you have teenage children). From those planning meetings we decide on the weekly menu and figure out the grocery list. If everyone participates in the discussion of what we’ll be eating, it’s harder for them to complain later that they don’t like it.
Schedules Dictate Menus
Obviously some meals require more work and preparation than others. On the nights when there are activities and work involved, we tend to pick an easier meal. On the weekends, we plan more involved and elaborate meals. We’ve got our system down fairly well–Andy and Rachel do most of the cooking, and Emily and I do most of the clean-up. Then the girls and I do all the baking–it works for us!
Display Your Daily Menu
After we’ve decided on the menu for the week, I like to post the daily menu. It’s convenient if you can find someplace near the kitchen. I’ve seen people use chalk boards, wipe boards, and paper to write down the menu. In our family, we use menu cards made of scrapbook paper and cardstock (but anything will work). It’s easy to change the menu cards out everyday because I’ve already written the menu down at the weekly planning meeting. I like to save all my menu cards because they can be reused and help spark ideas for dinner options. Displaying the daily menu makes it easier for everyone to be reminded of what’s planned for dinner. Menu cards don’t have to be fancy or complicated–just do what works best for you!
How does it work in your family? Does one person usually do all of the cooking or does everyone chip in? I’d love to hear about it!
Hire A Homemaker
Finally, don’t forget that Hire A Homemaker launches Monday, April 24, 2017 (4 days away)! You won’t want to miss is because there are limited spots for some of the services. See you there!