When it comes to making lunches, there is something great about knowing just what our kiddos will be munching on at school. And for some, packing lunches at home is the only option for kids with specific food allergies and needs. But I know just as well as anyone, making the time to put together lunches requires a little discipline. I can't invent a time making machine, but there are small ways to organize the main snack and lunch items to be easily accessible throughout the week for both parents and kids. Jen is here to share her no-fuss favorite storage products for an organized lunch station in the fridge and pantry (and offer a little eye candy), and she is also sharing a few creative lunch ideas that are still simple to put together.
Jen from The House of Wood here to share how I organize our kids' school lunches. If your Back-To-School season is as chaotic and fast-paced as ours, this post is for you! Anything that makes this hectic time more organized and efficient gets an A+ in my book.
We're fortunate to have a walk-in pantry with enough space for me to dedicate an entire shelf to the kids. I have a first-grader and a preschooler so the shelf is low enough that they are able to reach the items on it to make their own lunch. After I do the grocery shopping, I take a few minutes to separate some of the snack foods into individual snack-sized bags so it's easy for them to just grab and go.
I picked up several of these clear plastic pantry bins from Target. I like how they keep everything nicely corralled and organized.
Our refrigerator has a middle deli drawer which is where I keep the cold kid-friendly food and drink. The kiddos can easily open it up and help themselves. Again, I used the clear bins from Target as well as these fridge bins from Crate & Barrel.
Sometimes I let the kids pack their own lunch, but I actually really enjoy doing it too. These stainless steel lunch boxes make lunchtime so fun. I bought mine from Pottery Barn Kids, but I can no longer find them on the website. I found some similar ones on Amazon here.
Here are a couple more school lunch ideas.
I love this time of year, even if it is Crazy Town around here. How about you? Do you have any clever ideas that help calm the chaos?
Thanks so much for reading! See you next time!
Hello friends! I’m Jen Woodhouse, the author of The House of Wood blog, my creative outlet for all things DIY and design. By trade, I am a performing songwriter based in Nashville, TN - I’ve released three albums, toured the world, and licensed my music to national television shows and films - but more recently, I've added ‘DIY Blogger’ to my eclectic resume. The House of Wood is where I document my adventures in woodworking, interior design, and life as a musician, military wife, and mother of two unbearably adorable babies. When I’m not writing, recording, or touring, you’ll usually find me in the garage building furniture! I’m pretty freakin’ excited to join the iHeart Organizing team and I can’t wait to share a few organizing DIY projects with y’all!