Picture yourself about to make school lunches. Are you feeling stressed? Indecisive? Rushed? These are the typical concerns from parents who dread this daily task.
This post will present organizing ideas for making school lunches that will take you from stressed to calm, panicked to prepared.
How To Get Organized To Make School Lunches a Snap
Before even considering your healthy lunch ideas, step back and consider your work and storage areas. We’ll show you how to organize school lunches with a few simple ideas. It will be time well spent.
Lunch Making Station #1
A Pot Drawer
If you have the luxury of a pot drawer, consider repurposing it to store lunch making supplies. Dollar store baskets help smaller items from rolling around in the drawer.
Grouping “like” items is fundamental for having an efficient kitchen. No more searching multiple drawers and cupboards to round up supplies.
Lunch Making Station #2
How adorable is a small cupboard just for kids? Put their lunchboxes, water bottles and snack bins all within reach, so they can be more involved in making lunches. Definitely going to make these labelled baskets and hidden bulletin boards.
My mom had a similar strategy when we were kids. She lowered all the dishes to ground level so we could empty the dishwasher and set the table.
Snack Central #1
Avoid wasting space for snacks with stackable bins, often found at the dollar store. Instead of lined up packages that get left open, knocked over or spilled (is that just my house?) — problem solved with bins. Tuck away large containers for future use, leaving only snacks for this week’s lunches accessible.
This is one of the best ways to create organized school lunches that I’ve found!
Snack Central #2
Planning ahead will help every lunch maker be organized. Baggies separate snacks into individual portions. Replace the baggies with reusable containers for a more green option.
Snack Central #3
Set this up while putting groceries away. Designate a Snack Sorter each week, who takes ownership of this process—right down to hard-boiling the eggs. Wash, chop and prepare fruit and veggies for a few days’ worth of lunch snacks.
Small containers inside a large container make it look inviting and organized. Takes up very little space in the refrigerator with condensed storage.
Prepare sandwiches in advance and stack them in the freezer. Pop them into lunchboxes in the morning to be thawed by noon. Make sure to add condiments (like mustard and mayo) in between layers of meat so the bread will not get soggy. Designating a spot in your freezer for pre-made sandwiches will make mornings a breeze.
Whether you have a gourmet kitchen, or a cozy one, organization is the key to it functioning well. By having designated areas in your kitchen, lunch making will be easier and more enjoyable.
What hints do you have for organized school lunches?