For longer than I’d like to admit …. my storage cabinet has been crammed full of every cute and colorful storage container I could get my hands on at an affordable price. Things literally fell out when you opened the door!
I knew I had to whip this space into shape and get things going more smoothly for lunch time now that school is back in session. It was a tiny bit of effort, for a huge amount of result! I’m so glad we tackled this project as a family and wish we would have done it a whole lot sooner.
The biggest lessons we learned:
1. Designate a kid-friendly location
Turns out kids love to help in the morning, and you better believe they have far more energy than me that early in the morning. By creating a lunch cabinet low to the ground I’ve eased our morning routine 10x fold. Now, by the time I get down stairs with all the sleepy headed cuddly kids on my shoulders my oldest is neck deep in the cabinet hollering out, “Mom, you don’t have to worry about lunch! I packed them all already.”
2.Find containers that work
I mentioned earlier I had some issues with collecting cute storage … problem is, very rarely did those cute contraptions actually work for what we needed them to, but the good news is — I did the work and paid the price so you don’t have to. Now, I’m happy to share which containers are my favorites for what and why.
3. Snacks they can grab on their own!
Our lunch cabinet isn’t just full of random plastic shapes anymore. I took a queue from a friend of mine with a few more years of mom under her belt than me and created a grab and go snack area in our lunch cabinet too. Now we can pack a healthy, fun lunch in mere minutes that the kids are excited about because they can choose what goes in their lunch boxes. Giving them this control not only keeps them excited about packed lunches, but also creates a learning opportunity for me to talk to them about health and nutrition. Example: No hun, you can’t take 3 boxes of raisins today, but you can take one fruit – one veggie – and one snack type item.
Want to find out more? Come see how we tamed our lunch clutter for good!
These organizational tips were brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Stacy is the mom behind KidsStuffWorld. Her writing is chock-full of tips for enjoying parenthood, saving money, entertaining your kids and making your family’s life a bit simpler.
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