I will absolutely admit that I am not a fan of the time it takes to pack a school lunch…let alone 2, soon to be 3 school lunches. So after the first 3 days of school and spending 30+ minutes getting lunches ready at 6:30am, I decided to come up with an alternate solution.
Check out my new pantry organization unit. Two Sterite drawers (from Walmart for about $8 each). If you’re on Pinterest, I’m sure you’ve seen the weekly lunch packing solution of taking items and placing them in a small bin and using that to supply your kids lunches for the week. Well, this is that concept on steroids. These drawers will last me a month! Plus a total BONUS – when my kids ask me for a snack, I can just tell them top or bottom drawer and voila! snack time is done.
Here’s how I’ve organized my snack drawers:
* First, I took out all the “chip” or “cookie” bags and boxes out of the pantry. Then I grabbed a box of Ziplock snack size bags and began filling into child-size portions. Wheat-thins, Cheeze-its, Goldfish, Pringles, Oreos, Chips-a-Hoy, Nilla Wafers, Graham Crackers (not that we actually have all this but you get the idea), and even home-made goodies are all put in the top drawer and are all ready to eat or throw in a lunch box.
* Second, I took all the prepacked food out of the pantry and filled the bottom drawer with all the prepackaged items. Fruit snacks, granola bars, kids Clif bars, Nutri-Grain bars, etc.
* Third, relax! Cause that’s it. Like I said, easy-peasy-lemon-squeasy.
When I grocery shop, I just unload straight into the bins (or snack bags) and it’s maintained just like that. Oh and another BONUS – more pantry space. Here’s to wishing I had done this years ago!
PS: my fruit and veggie drawer – same idea. Small bags of carrots, grapes, blueberries, etc all ready to throw in a lunch.