Every Saturday evening I sit down in my office and do a Weekly Reset. I turn on some music, close the door and focus on the upcoming week. My weekly reset sets me up to have a productive week ahead. It includes meal planning, preparing my grocery list, grocery shopping, organizing the fridge, making my checklist for meal prep (I normally meal prep on Sundays), decorating my planner, and making a list of any special to-dos.
Several factors determine my schedule, primarily my job and the schedules of my children, as I provide childcare for my four granddaughters as you will see later.
The first step is meal planning. I am going to share my full meal planning routine with you on Wednesday, but for today I’m just providing an overview as part of my weekly reset.
Step 1: Meal Plan
First, I decide on the meals I want to make for the week. I have a list of about 30 meals that I make regularly listed at the bottom of my Dinner Meals / Shopping List (shown below). I highlight the meals I want to make for the week. Then, I pull the recipes for those selections. I take the list with me to the kitchen where I check the freezer, fridge and pantry and highlight any items on the list that I need to buy.
Step 2: Prepare Grocery List
The second step of my Weekly Reset is preparing my grocery list.
Preparing my meal plan makes it super easy to create my shopping list. Once I have highlighted the ingredients I need for my meal plan, I just have to add in other things we need for the household.
Step 3: Grocery Shopping
Step 3 of my Weekly Reset is grocery shopping. I must admit and fully own that I have stopped grocery shopping at the store. I always use either Clicklist or Shipt to either pick up my groceries from HEB or have them delivered to my home. I am in love with the convenience and this keeps me from buying anything extra that I don’t need, which is great for someone on a budget.
Step 4: Organizing the fridge
The next step of my Weekly Reset is organizing the fridge. After I pick up the groceries or receive them at home, I make sure that the fridge is organized and add the new items to the appropriate places. I use bins in my pantry so that is super easy and needs no further organization, but the fridge seems to get discombobulated throughout the week so I make sure it is organized for the week.
Step 5: Setting Up for Meal Prep
Step 5 is setting up for meal prep. I write the meal selections into the blocks for that week on my Meal Prep Planner. I keep the recipes in the front of my binder or put an asterisk next to the meal name if the recipe is saved in my phone and not a paper copy. I then post the weekly meal plan on my dry erase board inside my Pantry, which is also where I keep my recipe book. I make my meal prep checklist at this time. Meal prep for me is mostly things like cutting up a rotisserie chicken and placing it in containers, washing fruits and placing them in containers, boiling eggs, pre-cutting veggies and placing them in baggies, etc. Pretty easy stuff to save me time later.
Step 6: Decorating My Planner
The next step of my Weekly Reset is decorating my planner. My planner is full of post it notes so when it comes time to decorate for the next week, I replace the post its with stickers or handwritten notes. I choose the color scheme I want and then pull the washi and stickers I’ll need to decorate. This is my only creative outlet so I really love decorating my planner, and I love staying organized. Here are my before and after photos.
Step 7: Making a List of Special To-Dos
The final step of my Weekly Reset is making my special to-do list. I don’t always have special to-dos but this involves things like being on the lookout for decorations for one of the girls’ birthdays or watching for deals on items for an upcoming trip, etc. I note these on a list to carry with me through the week.
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my Weekly Reset. Do you do some type of weekly reset too? I would love to hear about how you organize your week so please share in the comments section below.