Organizing Life {one step at a time} LUNCH KITS


Today I have another installment in my Organizing Life series, the resulted from a realization I had that creating “kits” of things would really help me have supplies on hand for all the events life throws at you. These simple “Lunch Kits” I came up with have really made my life SO much easier.

I am not much of a morning person, and people who know me might say that is an understatement! I attempt to get up before my kids each day and have some quiet time as it makes a tremendous difference in my day. However, I sometimes find that the earlier I get up, the earlier everyone else gets up and things aren’t quiet for long.

 Since I have to get my boys on the bus at the ridiculous hour of 7:20 AM (!) having all their lunch ‘fixins’ together just makes so much sense. Really, why did I not think of it before?

This was one the first ideas that occurred to me when I was thinking of ideas for this series on small steps to making life more organized {View introduction post on my gift wrapping kit HERE}. It requires so much less thinking before I have my coffee! Instead of running around the kitchen gathering all sorts of things–the bread from the fridge, the plastic bags from one drawer, the peanut butter from the pantry, the circle sandwich cutter my daughter insists on–you get the picture–now I just pull one basket out of my pantry.

And one basket out of the refrigerator, and make their lunches.

Another huge advantage is with everything together its easy to see what I am out of. No more “Surprise! we are out of bread!” mornings. I keep a shopping list on my pantry door, along with their lunch boxes and water bottles so everything is now right there together. Less effort and thinking on my part, and more time to actually drink my coffee. You can see my whole pantry here, to conserve space I hung a racks on the door to hold lunch boxes and water bottles and they work great!

I used a simple plastic bin for the refrigerator and a medium-sized woven basket for the pantry. I added a chalkboard label to the plastic bin and hung a small chalkboard I had on hand for the basket to {hopefully} reserve these supplies for lunches not just snacking. I also added all the items like sandwich holders, plastic spoons or snack bags all into a basket or a fridge-friendly bin. Another tip: I order my paper supplies in bulk from Amazon because I hate running out and it’s one less thing to remember at the store. Another thing that prime membership is so useful for!

I also included some blank cards and a sharpie right in the basket so I can send them little lunchbox notes, something I always wished I had my act together in the morning to actually do!

On another note–I just LOVE all the ideas that have come in for this series, keep them coming! And, I am so glad to know I am not the only one feeling the crazy need to get better organized!

OK, how do you all organize lunch? What did I miss?

See all the posts in our Organizing Life Series:

Organized Gift Wrap Station

Organized Pantry

Organized Medicine & First Aid Supplies

Kids Art Work Organization

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  1. LOVE this!!! Brilliant. I can do this, with stuff I already have….whoop!

  2. Becki Clark says:

    We use a “lunch box” in the fridge too! 7:20? Be thankful. My daughter’s bus comes at 6:20am!

    • You know…just the other day we were leaving the neighborhood at the ridiculous hour of 6:15 and said to my husband, what is that gang of kids doing? He said, that’s the high school bus stop! I couldn’t believe it! As you can tell, I really am not a morning person 🙂 I suppose I should enjoy the 7:20AM time as long as I can!

      Have a great day!

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