Tuesday, August 14, 2012

School Lunch Drawer

As I mentioned yesterday, since back to school is near, I am dedicating this week to how we get organized around here for school.

Today's topic: preparing kids' lunches.

One of the best things I think I have done regarding making lunches is creating a "lunch" drawer. I specifically chose a drawer within the peninsula of our kitchen so that I would have plenty of room to prepare lunches. This drawer is filled with everything I need for my kiddos' lunch boxes (minus the food). Kids' cups are in another cabinet as well. 

Here is a list of what is included in our lunch drawer:
baggies
small containers and lids
sandwich holders
plastic silverware 
 spreader
rubber muffin cups 
lunch box notes
lunch boxes

 I also prepare individual servings of veggies and fruits as well as cheeses and meats (my kids love to eat plain pepperoni). I typically do this right after I get back from the grocery store. (See more on my fridge organization here.)

I do the same for dry snacks in the pantry (see more about the pantry here).
Then I can just pull the baskets onto the counter (above my lunch drawer) and use the already prepared snacks to pack the kids' lunches with very little effort. 

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11 comments:

  1. Hey girl! Visiting and following from the blog hop! Come over and visit me today! :) Lot's of good things are happening over at the ol' blog! :)

    Hope to see you there!

    xoxo ♥ Shar
    http://sharmartinez.blogspot.com

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  2. What a great idea Susan! I wish I had a drawer big enough for this. I have a few stacking bins on my counter with similar items but I would love to hide them. Someday... :)

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    1. Thanks Hilda! Hey whatever works! Stacking bins sounds like a great idea as well. I've been known to put things in baskets on top of my fridge as well if I'm needing some extra space. Thanks for commenting! :)

      Susan

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  3. This is such a wonderful idea.With my both kids starting school in couple of weeks now...I really need this kind of arrangement..hopefully I can do that.
    Found you through Monday Mingle and following you now...I'll be glad if you can spare a minute to visit over my blog and see what we have been upto :)

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    1. Thanks Surabhi! I will come over and visit you as well!

      Susan

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  4. Wow! I knew I was a slob, but now I really feel like a slob. This is amazing. I could only dream of being so organized. Following from the hop. Check out my blog if you get a chance: http://musingsofanimperfectmom.blogspot.com/

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    1. Courtney I would hardly say you're a slob. Your kids' playroom is perfectly organized. I know it doesn't stay that way all the time---but no playroom does. Anyone who says it does is either being dishonest or delusional. :) Just started following your blog as well. Thanks for visiting!

      Susan

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  5. I have a lunch drawer too and it's helped SO much with packing school lunches:) I like to get creative and have a ton of stuff. next I need to work on the fridge! anyway.. I'm following from the organizing challange on organization made fun:)

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    1. Thanks Laurie! Just stopped by your blog and am a new follower as well! Looks like we have lots in common! Love that. :)

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  6. I love this idea and can't wait to be able to do something like it when my little girl finally starts school.

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    1. Thanks Felicia! It has been a total life saver for those busy mornings when I'm trying to get my girls ready and lunches packed etc. I definitely recommend it!

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