I’m challenging myself (and you!) to a little MENU PLANNING MINI CHALLENGE this week! Follow along on Instagram for each daily challenge. I’ll be showing you my completed challenge in our home ‘live’ as it’s completed each day and sharing a couple posts throughout the week as well.

Menu Planning Mini Challenge - Clean Mama

The premise is that with about 15 minutes each day, we can put a little menu planning in place that will carry us through the busy months ahead. Menu planning is a huge time saver but if you don’t have time to start, it’s probably too much. This week let’s get started and get a menu plan – I’ll have a fresh menu plan for you later this week with simple and easy recipes that’ll get you started. I’m linking up some posts here that will be helpful if you’d like to check out what I’ve said before on menu planning. I’ll be posting all of my live progress on Instagram so follow along or peek over there each day.

Make sure you sign up for my posts too! I’ll be posting about menu planning this week as well – don’t miss a post!

Ready for a mini challenge? Here are the tasks for each day:

MONDAY – Take a couple minutes to Declutter cookbooks – donate any cookbooks that you no longer use. Keep cookbooks that you love and use. If you have a couple extra minutes, put a sticky note or tab on any recipes that you might want to put in the meal rotation.

How to Organize Cookbooks for Better Menu Planning via Clean Mama


TUESDAY – Sort through any loose recipes and/or recipe binder – I love my recipe binders – they are one of my favorite organization tools. BUT, sometimes I end up with a stack of recipes that I haven’t filed or haven’t made (good intentions, right?). Today is the day to go through any recipes that you need to file, make, or toss. If you don’t have a recipe binder, go through recipe cards or your online recipe keeping method.

How to Create a Recipe Binder System that Works via Clean Mama

WEDNESDAY – make a list of family favorite recipes – If you’re looking for a method for menu planning, start by making a list of family favorites. Try to come up with 20-30 favorite recipes – use this list as your base to start your menu planning.

4 Ways to Add Structure to Your Menu Plan via Clean Mama

THURSDAY – Make a menu plan for the coming week – free printable! Make your menu plan for the coming week – need some help with ideas, start with your family favorites list and/or check out these posts – Busy Week Menu Plan(1) + Busy Week Menu Plan(2).


FRIDAY – Make a grocery list and grocery shop for the coming week – these are in my shop if you’re interested (individually or as a menu planning kit)

Everyday Grocery Shopping Lists - Close-Up - Clean Mama copy

I love doing mini challenges – here’s the last one I did – Fall Organization Mini challenge.