Jun 08

Master Lists


I have been going slowly through the book “Home Schooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit” by Terri Maxwell. I am greatly enjoying this book! I am taking my time as each chapter has things she suggests you do. Some of them work for me, and some of them don’t. I realize this is because I am different that she is. I don’t have to do everything she does. Yet there are things that I am loving that she suggests!


One thing I love I am implementing today! She recommends making up master lists for things you need frequently. The first one that I knew I needed to implement was a grocery shopping list!  It is time to go grocery shopping, so the timing is perfect!


Last night I wrote up a master grocery shopping list! I always have to take time to think and write it out monthly, this was a great idea! This morning I input the list into It will save me time every month, I won’t have to write it out! I just will print a copy and fill in the quantities.


I used Microsoft Word and created a 4 column table. I wrote in columns 1 and 3 the items for my list, and left columns 2 and 4 blank for the quantities that will change monthly.

Here is a snapshot of part of my list, just to give you an idea of what I’m doing 🙂


The F/N.Mkt are for the items that I get at the Farmers Market or the Natural Market and the $ are for me to check pricing and see where I can save $ buying that particular product!


I am really excited about this! I think it will work well and save me time!


I am planning to start themes weekly here in next week. I’d love to hear what you think about what I have planned, and any suggestions you have 🙂



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  1. Denise J. Hughes

    Thanks for the book recommendation. My grandma used to always say, “Swallow the meat. Spit out the bones.” 🙂 That’s what I love about reading. I can take the things that work for me and not stress about the things that don’t.

    Love your blog!

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      So true! I am learning that more and more as I get older. Everything doesn’t have to work for me! It is such a stress reliever to me! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 I’ll be sure to swing by your blog too! 🙂 I love connecting! 🙂 Have a simply sweet day! 🙂

  2. Stephanie

    I read that book a few years ago and LOVED it! I think what I took the most from it was that when there is something in your life that is continually robbing you of a meek and quiet spirit, find a solution to overcome it.

    I have yet to do a Master List yet though! I don’t know why, it just seems like a HUGE thing to tackle!

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Yes there are definitely tons of options and ways to overcome what robs us of a meek and quiet spirit! I love it! I just happened to need to go grocery shopping and the Master List was a great idea I thought! I love it! I have only made the one for grocery shopping. I’m gonna see what other things I can make Master List’s for….gardening, house cleaning, volunteering, etc. The possibilities are endless! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

  3. Laura Lane

    Great idea! I should do it too.

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      I really love it Laura! I can see it already taking away a little bit of stress and adding some time back into my day too! I plan to watch and see if there are any other Master Lists that would save me time too! 🙂 Thanks for coming by! 🙂

  4. Melanie Schemanski

    I try to read that book each summer. It is a fantastic book that really helps redirect your thinking! Great job getting organized!

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Yes it is a great book! So much to learn from it! I find myself spending 3-4 days on a chapter and sometimes re-reading the chapter in that time period as well. I want to soak it all in! 🙂

  5. Jody

    I love the idea of a master list for grocery shopping. I hate writing up my list each week. I love the idea of having a master list to start with! Happy to have stumbled upon a fellow home school mom’s site! Blessings!

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      I was so excited to find the idea as well! I printed my first list up today and it only took me about 10 min. To go through it all! That was definitely an “AH” moment 🙂 it is always nice to find kindred spirits 😉 Ty for stopping by! 🙂

  6. Joy @ Joy In This Journey

    I have a master list of meals that help me plan dinners, and then I build my shopping list from that. I also have a white board on my fridge where I write things down when I use them up. I’m still training my family to do the same so I don’t miss something. These have helped me a little with not forgetting items when I’m at the store.

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      I typically don’t plan meals, but I know it works wonderfully for lots of moms! It’s a great tool! If I forget things I typically do without it (unless it’s something major like milk or eggs LOL) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your list! 🙂

  7. Diane

    There is always a certain block of things that are on every list – love the idea of creating a master list. When I write my list out, I try to organize it roughly by the order of the aisles/departments in the store I use most. Otherwise, I forget things and don’t feel like backtracking through the store to get them.

    Visiting from Company Girls!

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      That is how my list is written! LOL! Starting at the back of the store and working forward! 🙂 The F/N.Mkt are for the items that I get at the Farmers Market or the Natural Market and the $ are for me to check pricing and see where I can save $ buying that particular product! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    2. Tamara

      And here I thought I was neurotic for doing this! Now I feel normal. Thanks!

      1. simplyhelpinghim

        Not at all! 🙂 I think it’s great! It is a great time saver and organizer! 🙂

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