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This past week we were inspired by first time homeowners looking to settle into a home cooking routine. When they sent in the email we thought we’d share what’s worked best for us. Setting up your own Kitchen Command Center takes only a few minutes but we believe it is so worth the effort. So let’s get started.
1. Location & Menu Planning-
For us the best location of the Command Center is next to Refrigerator. This location is ideal because the return wall is easy to post your board on. It also is easy to update your board frequently when you need to jot items on your grocery list.
I usually begin the week by using plain index cards to menu plan. Yes, it’s true, I’m old school that way and even though there are plenty of apps to help with this, for me it’s just easier to sit down and write it out each week. I use the weekly menu to then build my grocery list.
2. Growing Grocery List-
To help us remember what’s needed at home, I created a mini grocery spreadsheet to remind me each week of what needs to be replenished. I typically print them on bright colorful paper. This is a lifesaver when it comes to home necessities like cleaning products and contact solution. It’s all in one place and I keep blank copies handy on our corkboard next to the fridge.
3. Popular Snack or Dishes-
For main dishes and sides I like to mix it up often. So with that in mind I’ll post recipes in sheet protectors on that very same corkboard. For me, quick reference cards are key in the Kitchen, so these come in handy. These can become especially helpful if you like to snack healthy or are following a new meal plan.
4. Mini Calendar and Emergency Numbers-
If you like a clean fridge, add your family magnets and a mini calendar on the cork board in lieu of your refrigerator. Another great item to keep handy and at your finger tips- on the cork board of course. Gradually you may want to add Community Information like HOA info, bulk trash or annual garage sale days.
5. Keeping it Simple:
Most importantly, be safe and have fun with this, it doesn’t have to be fancy but it does need to be safe if you have little ones in the house. We suggest swapping tiny magnets and push pins for stickers instead. The goal here is to start your Command Center and begin implementing this new habit of meal planning. This 5 minute project works wonders if you apply it. Don’t complicate it, next time you’re out shopping, grab some cork board, a frame, stickers or push pins and index cards (for recipes).
When you get home, cut the cork board to size and post it in your desired location. Make it pretty with a picture frame or cover it in contact paper, if you like. Voila! Your project is complete and your on your way to building a healthy habit. This for me was an especially gratifying 5 minute project. It helps our family stay healthy and on budget. We hope this was informative, tell us what will you re-imagine today?
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