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Free Weekly Meal Planner Printable

Free Weekly Meal Planner Printable

We are still fresh into the new year, but some people (ahem, me) are already starting to ditch their New Year’s resolutions. Let’s not let that happen. One of my goals is to keep up with meal plans so my family and I can eat healthy and we stick to our grocery budget. I do have a 3 month old baby so that’s a valid excuse for slacking a bit on this goal, but I will not give up yet. I created some easy to use Weekly Meal Planner free printables to help keep this resolution going. The printable has a space to write out your meal idea for each day and there’s even a space for the shopping list for that week.

To keep me on top of this resolution, I used Command Strips to attach three cute clip boards to the wall and I put my meal plans on these boards. I can plan out our meals and shopping list for the next three weeks. Guaranteed this will bring our dinner stress levels down. We don’t usually plan out our breakfast and lunches (we tend to eat the same thing for all of those meals), but there’s plenty of room in each daily meal plan space to write out your breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas.

Free Weekly Meal Planner Printable

If you prefer reusable planners you can laminate or frame this printable and use dry erase markers for your meal plan sheet. Just take a photo of your shopping list before you head to the store, and you’re good! The printable menu comes in three colors: black and white, orange and blue, and colorful. Click on those links to download your own free Weekly Meal Planner printables. Be sure to click “scale to fit” before printing.

Need more inspiration to keep those resolutions? Below I’ve shared a couple of neat ideas to organize your life.

This command center will help you keep track of all the activities your family has coming up. Found on Beneath My Heart.

This command center will help you keep track of all the activities your family has coming up. Found on Beneath My Heart.

Keep your mail, coupons, and homework organized and easy to find with a folder rack. Found on Mom on Timeout.

Keep your mail, coupons, and kids homework organized and easy to find with folder rack. Found on Mom on Timeout.

You know what drives me nuts? Toys laying all over the house. Instead of running the toys back to my daughter’s room each time I pick up the living room, I can just toss them in a bag with her name on it. She can put those toys back in her room every couple of days instead of me. That’s a win. This family command chores center was found on The Yellow Cape Cod.

This family command chores center was found on The Yellow Cape Cod.

What resolutions did you make this year, and have you stuck with them?

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


15 Spring Organizing Ideas on the Better Homes and Gardens Blog.

Trend: Spring Organizing Ideas

Spring is just around the corner. Something about the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer makes me want to clean my house. Maybe all this daylight shows off the mess in my house better? Ha! Whatever it is, I’m ready to tackle some Spring organizing in my home. Below you’ll find 15 ideas to get you ready for Spring organizing.

1: Get the laundry basket off the floor and make this lovely embroidery hoop hamper. Find the DIY on Making Nice Midwest.

Get the laundry basket off the floor and make this lovely embroidery hoop hamper. Find the DIY on Making Nice Midwest.

2: Make use of all the space in your bathroom. Add a shelf above the door. Found on Martha Stewart.

Make use of all the space in your bathroom. Add a shelf above the door. Found on Martha Stewart.

3: Who else is tired of your shaver falling into the tub during showers? Check out this clever and quick DIY to keep those razors in place using PVC pipe and plastic ties, found on Family Handyman.

Who else is tired of your shaver falling into the tub during showers? Check out this clever and quick DIY to keep those razors in place using PVC pipe and plastic ties, found on Family Handyman.

4: I love this clever toothbrush storage idea. Found on Oh Oh Blog.

I love this clever toothbrush storage idea. Found on Oh Oh Blog.

5: If you have an electric toothbrush, using a broom clip is a neat way to keep it off your counter. Found on Family Handyman.

If you have an electric toothbrush, using a broom clip is a neat way to keep it off your counter. Found on Family Handyman.

6: Add grommets to your rubber gloves to hang them inside a cupboard door, found on Iron and Twine.

Add grommets to your rubber gloves to hang them inside a cupboard door, found on Iron and Twine.

7: Once your gloves are organized, you can move onto organizing the rest of the items under the sink. Use a tension rod to hang cleaning supplies. Found on Jen Thousand Words.

Once your gloves are organized, you can move onto organizing the rest of the items under the sink. Use a tension rod to hang cleaning supplies. Found on Jen Thousand Words.

8: Lids. They are EVERYWHERE and so hard to find in my home. That is probably because we just toss them in a drawer. I think it’s about time we changed that. Organize your lids with wire racks, found on BHG.

Lids. They are EVERYWHERE and so hard to find in my home. That is probably because we just toss them in a drawer. I think it's about time we changed that. Organize your lids with wire racks, found on BHG.

9: It can be frustrating to quickly find a utensil in a messy drawer while cooking. Make your own utensil rack with wire mesh rebar. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

It can be frustrating to quickly find a utensil in a messy drawer while cooking. Make your own utensil rack with wire mesh rebar. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

10: Set up a work station on the side of your refrigerator to keep your notes and pens in one spot. I made this work station using old tins and containers. From the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Set up a work station on the side of your refrigerator to keep your notes and pens in one spot. I made this work station using old tins and containers. From the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

11: Place a shelf riser in your refrigerator to add more space to place food, from Martha Stewart.

Place a shelf riser in your refrigerator to add more space to place food, from Martha Stewart.

12: Displaying your jewelry on vintage jars. Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Displaying your jewelry on vintage jars. Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

13: Never lose track of an earring match again. Use buttons to keep those earrings together! Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Never lose track of an earring match again. Use buttons to keep those earrings together! Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

14: Skip the boring (and not so pretty) television stand and install shelving around a wall mounted television. Found on Decorola.

Skip the boring (and not so pretty) television stand and install shelving around a wall mounted television. Found on Decorola.

15: Tired of losing the remote in the sofa? Add some Velcro to the back of your remotes so they can attach to something. You will always know where they are, as long as they are put back. Ha! Found on Brie Brie Blooms.

Tired of losing the remote in the sofa? Add some Velcro to the back of your remotes so they can attach to something. You will always know where they are, as long as they are put back. Ha! Found on Brie Brie Blooms.

If you loved all of these ideas, check my Spring Cleaning Organization Ideas from a couple years ago.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


The husband and I have plans for our tiny kitchen, and it will take quite a bit of time to finish. For now we are going to do a little here, and a little there. Right now we are working on storage the storage situation since our 94-year-old home is lacking in closets and cupboard space. Our challenge: find storage on a small budget. I’ve seen this jar storage wandering Pinterest A LOT, in fact I used it for my calendar work station DIY. After looking through our overstuffed cupboard and knocking over the jar of rice, I decided it’s time for a change. I’ve installed a Pasta and Rice Jar Storage under one of our open cabinets. This project took 1 hour and cost under $10. My kind of kitchen organizer update.

Supplies:

- glass jars (with lids)

- screws with washers

- nail

- hammer

- drill

 

Directions:

- Use the nail to poke a hole through the center of the jar lid.

- Measure and use a pencil to mark where you’d like the jars to hang. Drill in the screws through the holes you poked through the lids into the bottom of your cupboard.

- Fill your jars and screw onto the lids. Done!

I’m so happy with how this turned out. I definitely think I’ll be changing the jars to quart jars. We need just a bit more room for the pasta, etc. Ok, happy Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


In just a few short weeks the OFFICIAL start to Fall will be here. That means school starting, less vacation, and yeah… less sunshine (at least in Oregon). I don’t know about you, but I needed a small update to my calendar and work area. That’s what inspired my Calendar Work Station.

For this creation I wanted to use ALL materials I already had at my home. Some leftover plywood from building our chicken coop, old jars, rubber bands, and some spray paint that was almost gone; all this went into creating this project. Technically this calendar work station cost me nothing, but if I really calculated the original cost for all the needed items: under $15. This is a very relaxed and easy to recreate DIY. Hopefully very little stress. Here’s how I made it:

 

Supplies needed:

- 13 inches wide by 30 inches high piece of plywood

- Two small shelf brackets

- Some wood that will have a final measure of 11 inches long by 6 inches wide

- Mini document clips

- Four large rubberbands

- 3  small canning jars with bands and lids

- E6000 adhesive

- Screws

- Contact paper

- Painter’s tape

- Small amounts of primer + paint spray paint

- Free Printouts: Weekday Letters, Monday through Sunday Calendar, Sunday through Saturday calendar, and Notes

 

Directions:

- Cut your wood. We had some leftover wood pieces that I started with, but you can always go to Lowes and they’ll cut a couple sizes for you.

- Print out the Weekday Letters printout. Place the letters under the contact paper, then trace with a pen.

- Cut out the letters with a sharp X-acto knife. From here you can decide if you’d like your calendar to start with Sunday or Monday. Just move the S’s around to where you need them. I chose to go with Monday – Sunday, so both S’s were at the end of the letters.

- Peel the paper off the sticky contact paper and apply it to the plywood. Press down the contact paper very well, to hopefully prevent bleeding when painting.

- Tape off the rest of the plywood to prep for the spray paint. I used a paper bag and painters tape to create a couple of lines to spray gold on the board.

- Spray the letters and lines of the board. I chose black for the letters and gold for the lines. Let dry, then peel off tape/contact paper.

- Optional: Spray paint the shelf boards, shelf brackets, and jar bands. Let dry.

- Screw the shelf brackets onto the bottom of the shelf boards.

- Prep the jar lids for hanging under the shelf. Use E6000 to adhere the jar lids to the jar bands. Let dry.

- Evenly arrange the glued jar lids on the bottom of the shelf. Screw them into the shelf.

- Center and screw the prepped shelf onto the bottom section of your plywood board.

- Print out the calendar and notes (trim as needed). On the calendar, number the days of the month you are currently in.

- Space out the the four large rubber bands on the plywood board and place the calendar + notes. Secure with the mini document clips.

- Fill your jars and screw them under the shelf.

- Add some goodies to the shelf.

 

- Hang, enjoy.

Also, let your little kiddo help you decorate your shelf… and you may have a fun shark added to the work station. Hee.

Happy organized Fall!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


 

You’ve probably noticed that open shelving in kitchens is hot right now. Folks everywhere are ripping out their old upper cabinets and replacing them with less bulky open shelving. Personally, I love the look! The results create an airy and more open space visually, but you do need to find a way to deal with all of the clutter. Keeping things neat and organized is a must with open shelves.

 

Thankfully, there are incredibly beautiful glass canisters and containers available today. From all glass to glass and steel to glass and wood, the options are endless. Isn’t it time to throw away all those bulky boxes and messy bags and put your food on display! Uniquely shaped pasta and colorful confections become not only a source of sustenance, but also a stylish addition to your kitchen.

 

 

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Check out this collection of some of my favorite glass canisters on the market. Are you ready to introduce some open shelving into your life and make your kitchen storage an even more valuable asset?

 

Happy Decorating,

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

 


 

1. Subway Tile … Lowes

2. Hyacinth Tray Basket … Walmart

3. Keep Calm Wash On Poster … Poster Pop on Etsy

4. Ekby Aluminum Wall Shelf … Ikea

5. Penny Candy Jar … Amazon

6. Laundry Valet … Amazon

7. DIY Laundry “Wash” Jar and Laundry Detergent … The Paper Mama

8. Metal Housekeepers Box … Amazon UK

9. Wall Decal … Kreative Corner Designs on Etsy

10. Green Towels … Target

11. Water Hyacinth Basket … World Market

 

We have a small space for our laundry “room” and I’ve been collecting inspiration to make it a happier space. This small space laundry room (pictured below) is one of my favorite idea photos I’ve found so far. It’s definitely inspiring me and I hope it can inspire you.

 

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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