Time Mangement for Homemaker: Meal Prep Tuesday

It was once common place for homemakers to have certain chores or activities set aside for a certain day of the week.  For example, Monday was wash day, Tuesday was mending…etc. 
I have adopted a similar time management system for our home in order to take control of certain activities or chores and relieve my mind of other chores that seem to endlessly hang over my head…like house cleaning. 
Here is an example of how you can assign days to your chores:

Here is a look at how our “Tuesday is Meal Prep Day” went.  On Tuesday, we spend a large amount of time in the kitchen preparing freezer meals, preparing snacks and other food items that will aid us in a smoother, less complicated week in the kitchen.  I cook every day of the week, however on Tuesday, if I can get a head start on preparing food, it saves a lot of time and energy.   For example, today we:

  • cleaned out second refrigerator.   
  • made two gallons of blueberry tea for the week. 
  • filled a large container with chopped carrots, celery and cucumbers.
  • prepared a large bowl of peaches and pears for lunch or to be served with breakfast. 
  • Chopped several lemons ready to go for our water and tea. 
  • turned 4 packages of crackers into peanut butter crackers for snacks.
  • made a squash casserole that can be heated for supper one night.
  • baked 5 dozen cookies.
  • filled a large container with chopped onion to be used in the meals throughout the week. 
  • made supper before noon- chicken pot pie and green beans 
  • cooked a whole chicken to be used on meals during the week.
  • made chicken broth for later on in the week. 
  • put beans on to soak for a meal on Thursday. 
  • created a “hawk food” container for the bird and put all the unused meat scraps that were getting old into that container. 
  • provided the pig with lots of scraps. 

Much of the prep work was done today, which will save me a lot of time throughout the week.  Next week, I hope to start incorporating some larger freezer meals into our Tuesday prep day. 

The first, most important step to having a successful meal prep day is to arrange for the little ones to be entertained for a while. 

The eight year old worked hard all morning and baked the most wonderful chocolate chip cookie I have ever tasted.  I was so proud of her…not only of her baking skills, but the fact that she was learning the arts and sciences of how to manage a large family with little ones literally under foot while at the same time attempting to quadruple a cookie recipe she had never made before and keep up with the long list of meal prep to do’s we had hanging on the kitchen wall.  We checked them off the list as we completed them and at the end of the day we had a great sense of accomplishment and work well done even with the dips and bumps in the day. 


  • Renee says:

    Thanks for the great tips! We live in an apartment so I don’t have a lot of fridge space and definately not a lot of freezer space I can still do a lot of prepping by cutting up veggies, cooking meat in the crockpots ahead, etc…. I never thought of making up peanute butter crackers and stuff like that ahead of time to have on hand for snacks. DUH lol. Enjoyed the pics of your littlies 🙂

  • susan says:

    what a beautiful picture of life.
    wow. i dream of having this sort of organized and pleasant family time with my kids.
    thanks for the inspiration.