Ideas to help you organize your school lunch supplies, and sources to my favorite lunch packing products.
With the return of school, we have also returned to rushed and chaotic mornings. I don’t know if you’re feeling the same, but I needed to take a minute and organize a few spots in our kitchen to make packing our lunches quick, painless, and self-sufficient for my 4 kiddos.
Organizing lunch supplies in the kitchen can make mornings go so much smoother!
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I’m going to open up and share 4 of our kitchen drawers and cupboards that I’ve used to organize our lunch packing products.
FIRST DRAWER: Plastic Containers and Utensils
The first drawer I organized was the one with the lunch containers – the first thing my kids grab to pack their lunch.
We prefer to use plastic containers because my kids hate smushed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! Can’t say I blame them!
These are my favorite lunch packing items that make it easy for my kids to easily grab to pack their lunches:
The containers are bento boxes that allow you to split up a sandwich from sides like grapes or cheese. I’m not a huge fan of plastic containers but also don’t love the idea of sending my kids to school with glass containers either.
In the drawer, I separate the containers from their lids so everything is stacked neatly – for as long as it will last.
I love these disposable portion cups for things like homemade yogurt, applesauce, or peanut butter for dipping apples. I buy them in bulk at Sam’s Club. They prevent messes since we easily dispose of them.
There is also a space for washable ziplock bags and plastic silverware. Our family uses plastic forks and spoons because my kids have accidentally thrown away non-disposable utensils on occasion.
SECOND DRAWER: Straws and Napkins
In the second drawer, straws and napkins are stored along with a few other items that my kids can grab quickly.
Linked below is where you can find the fun colorful products I’ve used in this drawer.
My kids prefer using straws for drinks and smoothies. They’re also much more likely to use napkins when they’re as colorful as these!
We also included silicone cupcake liners in this drawer. We don’t use them a lot but they are good for separating snacks like cheese cubes, nuts, pepperoni, etc.
In case you’re wondering, the other items in this drawer are silicone wristbands. We use them to color code the cups we use at home so my kids don’t mix up their drinks or use more than 1 cup a day. They are great! They sit right by our beloved Berkey water filter.
THIRD DRAWER: Lunch Boxes
We have one deep drawer in our kitchen so we used it to store the lunch boxes!
We have a variety of lunch boxes, but my favorite ones are the EasyLunch Boxes because they fit our EasyLunch Containers like a glove! Bonus: they are super affordable! My kids also love these colorful ice packs to go with it.
FOURTH DRAWER: Tumblers, Thermoses and Water Bottles
I dedicated one pullout drawer in our kitchen cabinets to storing tumblers and water bottles. I used a storage bin from IKEA to separate the lids from the tumblers.
I’ve found various types of reusable water bottles with lids that come with handles.
They make it easy for the kids to carry with their lunch boxes.
Here are the links to my favorite drink vessels:
- Tumbler with Handle
- Tumbler without handle (best for hot drinks)
- Thermos (great for soups or hot foods)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and come away with some great ideas! I’d love to hear how you organize your lunch supplies and what are some of your favorite products.
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