“What’s For Dinner?” Menu Planning Board – with FREE Cut File!

Menu Planning Board - pick from pre-printed meal tags and shop for 6 meals, but you don't have to schedule specific meals for each day!

 

I will freely admit, I am someone that feels stifled by too much organization. Don’t get me wrong, I “ooh” and “aah” over flawless labels on beautiful containers…or command centers with a place for everything…or spotless pantries with cans stacked perfectly…or weekly cleaning schedules with chalkboard checklists.  I admire them, but that’s just not realistic to me.  And when I try to attain something like that, I feel really great for the day or two that it actually works…then feel like crap when I get behind on keeping it up and discouragement sets in.

 

I prefer something in between chaos and perfect order that’s a little closer to reality – methods of organization that make it easier to stay on top of the mess rather than fall behind it.  For me, that’s something with a little bit of wiggle room for life to happen.  That’s how this menu planning board was born!

 

Menu Planning Board - pick from pre-printed meal tags and shop for 6 meals, but you don't have to schedule specific meals for each day!

 

I’ve seen many a weekly menu planner with a label for each day of the week, and I just couldn’t bring myself to stick to something like that.  I like the freedom to say, “I don’t feel like chicken tonight,” or “I really want to try this new recipe I found today,” or “I had a really bad day and don’t want to cook anything, let’s just do a frozen pizza on paper plates.”  But at the same time, I absolutely hate the 4:00 question “what the heck am I going to make for dinner tonight?” followed by aimlessly staring at the pantry shelves for 10 minutes.

 

So here is my solution! A menu planning board that doesn’t force me to pick exactly what the menu is for the week, but instead gives me a list of our regular meals to pick from and put in an easy-to-see place.  I can pick out 6 (or more) meals, make a grocery list for them, go shopping, and be good to go for the week. Why only 6 and not 7? Because inevitably something is going to come up on one day of the week – getting an invite to dinner at my parents house, eating out, deciding to try a new recipe, ordering a pizza, whatever! But because I don’t have a specific meal planned for a specific day, I have the freedom to do that without getting stressed out!

 

Menu Planning Board - pick from pre-printed meal tags and shop for 6 meals, but you don't have to schedule specific meals for each day!

 

Now, for the DIY Details!

 

I used a magnetic chalkboard from Target, along with a magnetic pencil holder to hold my meal tags and colorful magnetic paper clips.

 

Menu Planning Board - pick from pre-printed meal tags and shop for 6 meals, but you don't have to schedule specific meals for each day!

 

Then I used my Silhouette to cut the grid and title out of vinyl.  Want the cut file?

Menu Planning Board - pick from pre-printed meal tags and shop for 6 meals, but you don't have to schedule specific meals for each day!

 Click HERE to download it!

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Finally, I made a list of all our regular meals and made print and cut meal tags – using a file from the Silhouette Store for the tag and the free font Pharmacy for the letters.

 

Menu Planning Board - pick from pre-printed meal tags and shop for 6 meals, but you don't have to schedule specific meals for each day!

 

I color coded them into the following categories – Quick and Easy, Slow Cooker, Chicken & Fish, Beef & Pork, and Pasta.  That way it’s easy to work variety into the week’s meals by making sure the board is always colorful!  You could easily add the required ingredients or even the recipe (in tiny type) on the back of the cards.  These are all recipes in our regular rotation, so I know the ingredients off the top of my head…but as I add meals (I printed several blank cards) I may jot down a few things on the back to help me with my grocery-list-making.

 

All the tags are stored in that magnetic pencil holder, and I found a magnetic note pad in the Dollar Spot at Target to add underneath – it makes it really easy to pick my 6 meals and make my grocery list for the week.

 

Menu Planning Board - pick from pre-printed meal tags and shop for 6 meals, but you don't have to schedule specific meals for each day!

 

One word to the wise…make sure that BEFORE you add your vinyl and create your beautiful meal planning board, you make sure the board is right-side-up.  Whoops.

 

Menu Planning Board - pick from pre-printed meal tags and shop for 6 meals, but you don't have to schedule specific meals for each day!

 

Luckily, my handy hubby was able to hang it with some picture hanging clips without me having to peel off the vinyl and start again.  Whew!  (Thanks, dear!)

 

Menu Planning Board - pick from pre-printed meal tags and shop for 6 meals, but you don't have to schedule specific meals for each day!

 

(What do you think of the start to our “Command Center?” I still have a few things to add…but I’m loving it so far!)

 

Feeling organizationally-inspired yet?  Brace yourself – there’s LOTS more inspiration and clever organization ideas coming your way…

 

36 Organization Projects - made with Silhouettes! brought to you by the Silhouette Challenge Facebook Group

 

That’s right, this is the 2014 version of the Silhouette Challenge – with THEMES!  So grab a cup of coffee and get browsing through these THIRTY-SIX (!!!) awesome organization projects from some bloggy buddies of mine – all made with a Silhouette!

  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids’ Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What’s Next Ma
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue’s Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. “What’s For Dinner?” Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Creates
  35. Organize It: Bathroom Closet by The House on Hillbrook
  36. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About

 

Wow-ee!  Are you inspired? I sure am! Do you have any organizing projects on your to-do list?


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49 Responses to “What’s For Dinner?” Menu Planning Board – with FREE Cut File!

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  9. This is just awesome! I couldn’t wait to pin this. I love what you have done with your command center so far. Great, great, great!
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  11. Very cute and I love the colors you are able to add by using the paper cut outs. Great idea!
    KC
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  12. I need one of these!!! I have become so complacent with meal planning… my planning typically doesn’t start until around 530 when we’re all grumpy and hungry. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation!!
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    • Meredith says:

      That is totally me! And of course at that point, the only options are something quick (and probably not super healthy or cheap, cause I usually go with a frozen skillet meal or frozen pizza) so I’m hoping this will help our nutrition and our wallets, too!

  13. wow this looks AWESOME!!! I like the flexibility that it offers, but what I really love is the ability to write down all of your favorite meals! I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of faves that I tend to forget about but if the card was mixed in the envelope there’d be a way better chance of me remembering it! Great job, and way to think outside the box!! (p.s. I LOVE the wire racks)
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    • Meredith says:

      Yup, that’s one of my issues too – I had a small list of our favorite “go-to” meals written down, but never really added to it, and it wasn’t easily accessible, so there are favorites that I haven’t made in months because I had just forgotten about them! I love that it’s easy to just pick up the tags and browse through them while making my grocery list. (And I have been looking for racks like that for a while, and they just appeared at HomeGoods the other day! I’m so excited I found them!!)

  14. Love this, and want to try it out sometime but need to resource the materials, I live in the UK.
    Thanks
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    • Meredith says:

      Sorry I can’t help you out with that, Sandra! But if you can find a place online that sells vinyl, I’m sure you can find a magnetic board somewhere locally…you could even use a white board if you can’t find a magnetic chalkboard!

  15. Kristy gd says:

    I don’t even know where to begin! The colors are amazing, the color coding is even better, and the fact that you can switch your meals around is just awesome. So many great little details. I want one of these!
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  16. Camila says:

    It looks so pretty… Love everything about it! Planning meals is the best ever! Thanks for sharing those cut files =D Pinning!!!
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  17. I love how you don’t have assigned days for your meal plans! I make a meal plan with days assigned, but I always change at least one! So cute…i’m going to have to remember that font!
    Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom recently posted…Organizing a Child’s DeskMy Profile

    • Meredith says:

      Thanks Rachel! I knew there was no way I’d actually stick to a planned schedule, so I just left out the assigned days :-) I hope that will help me stay with it!

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  19. danielle says:

    Gotta love cute and functional! It’s awesome!
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  20. I absolutely love this idea! I’m pinning it to make one of my own. Thanks for the cut file.
    Glenna Anderson recently posted…Celebrating Home!My Profile

  21. This is great! I totally need to do better at meal planning. I used to do it but it didn’t last too long. And I must say… I LOVE those clips. lol

    Thanks so much for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse Party. I will be featuring these tomorrow. :)
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  22. tori says:

    The colors are amazing Meredith!! You did such a great job on this menu board! I am featuring these on Do Tell Tuesday tomorrow! Thanks so much for linking up:)
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  25. I so would love to do this. I keep saying I need to make one but I do a new type of meal each week. I will have to find a fun way to add all the new recipes.

    Thanks so much for idea! Thankful for crafty hubs that can help us out in a pinch :)

    • Meredith says:

      You’re very welcome, Alexis! I tend to do the same thing…try lots of new recipes and then forget about them! This has been a great way to make sure I remember to come back to all of our favorites. And I agree, I am VERY thankful for my helpful hubby, I don’t know what I’d do without him…he’s helped me out in many a pinch!

  26. Hani Shabbir says:

    I love it.. I’ll be featuring this tomorrow.. :)
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  27. I love your menu planner! What a great way to stay organized! Thanks for sharing it at The Pin Junkie party. It was featured this week. Please stop by to grab a featured button and share your newest projects at http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2014/02/friday-link-party-53.html
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  28. I love this, just got a silhouette and looking for a project. Would love for you to come over and share at my link party http://mommyondemand.com/weekend-retreat-link-party-53/

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  31. Tiffany says:

    Where did u get your folder hanger thing?
    It’s perfect for what I’m doing at my place. The menu board
    Is super cute too.

    • Meredith says:

      I got it at HomeGoods! Though it took several different trips to find it…they didn’t have ANY around Christmas time, but finally when I went back in early January they had several to choose from!

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  34. OMG we are going to target today and getting the stuff to make this!!! I love it!!
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  37. First of all, it’s a crying shame that I am JUST now getting over here to see this. Second, I’m SO glad I finally did because this is AMAZING! I don’t know what I love more – - the bright n’ bold color palette or the flexibility! It’s so true – - things inevitably come up and you do always end up changing things around – - so the 6 day flexible cycle is so genius. Well done, my dear. Well done.
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