|Our Household Organizer|
The rest of the freezer front comprises my food system. lol I took a large sheet of paper and drew boxes for each day of the week. I had already organized our most-used recipes into categories, enough categories to last for six days of the week (assuming the seventh will have leftovers). I now wrote those recipe titles on notecards, a different color card for each category. Those are what you see clipped around the top and left side of the days of the week poster. Each child has a separate magnet to use.
Each week, each child selects a recipe from the clips and attaches it with a magnet to a free day on the poster. Only one recipe of each color may be selected each week. At the end of the week, all the recipes used that week will go in the Out of Play envelope shown on the left. Those are not available to be selected until put back into the clips in a few weeks.
Children may also select a recipe for *next* week, following the same rules. They may not select any further in advance than that. It's easy to see the color of next week's selection peeking out from behind this week's card for each child, so that makes checking categories pretty simple.
Below all of that, I have a list of lunch, snack, and breakfast ideas. The lunch list has two columns: one for "bread" alternatives and one for toppings. That list, plus our dinner list, allowed me to make a "permanent" shopping list because I knew more or less what we'd be eating each week.
Having all this lined out should make life a bit simpler. I expect the kids to be taking charge of more of this work this summer and fall, and so I needed to set parameters and provide some structure that wasn't as necessary when I was able to just wing it myself.