So it’s October already and most of us are into the groove of making lunches either the night before or the morning of. For me, it’s usually the morning of and lately we’ve been hitting the snooze button a few too many times resulting in about 20-30 minutes to get ready and catch the bus on time. I really enjoy making my boys their lunches but I was becoming frustrated with always trying to track down lids, water bottles and digging through 8 drawers each morning was eating up minutes that I didn’t have to spare.
I blogged about my lunch/snack drawer in my fridge which works fabulously – you can see more about that here. But my lunch making “system” felt off. The food was organized but that’s where it ended. I had enough of digging through multiple drawers to find all my lunch making supplies so I turned the kids drawer (that previously only had their cups/sippys/plates/bowls) into a full out lunch making supplies station.
An easy morning is an organized morning.
I love my pots & pans drawers but they can become a huge mess if you’re not careful about putting things back exactly where they belong. It’s really tempting to throw things back into the drawers. To keep it together, I do have to make a point to put it back where it belongs and I have – this drawer has remained in shape for a few weeks now.
Empty the contents of all your pots & pans drawers onto your counter, feel super overwhelmed, hire a little person to vacuum crumbs, sip a coffee, feel better and get back at it.
(notice the dishes in the sink? real life, mamas….real life.)
Get rid of or recycle the stuff you don’t use like rusty mason jar rings, lids without a match, etc.
Keep sipping coffee!
Really think about what you need to make lunches (and breakfast) and pick one area to keep most of it in. I had some clear drawer organizers from Ikea (pictured bottom right) that work really well for cookie cutters, food picks and small cutlery.
Back into the drawer/cupboard.
I like using silicone muffin liners in my children’s lunches and they stack really nicely. The green and white farm animal plates are a few years old from Pottery Barn Kids and I absolutely love them! They’ve held up beautifully, don’t etch or fade and they’re BPA/Lead free. I have a few Ikea plates and bowls and cups for snacks but they usually end up in the bathroom as tub toys or outside as sand toys so I buy a set every year it seems!
Next to the lunch supplies drawer is another pots and pans drawer filled with glass containers that I also use for packing lunches. I also keep pots and mixing bowls in this one.
The point? It doesn’t have to be extravagant and you don’t have to have a thousand little bento pieces to make lunches fun for your children. Grab a few favorite sandwich cutters, some cute food picks and you’re done. AND you have less pieces to worry about ;) Everything is within reach and I know exactly what drawer to look into. If you don’t have pots and pans drawers, any drawer/cupboard/pantry shelf would work. The point is to get it organized in your space and make it work for you so that lunch making in the morning isn’t a drag!