OMG, how is something so simple so complicated in the morning rush for school. There is nothing worse than running late in the morning and then desperately trying to figure out something you can put in your children’s lunch boxes. Or listening to them complain about how there is nothing to put in their school lunch when it’s the day after you went to the grocery store. If you find your self wondering how to get school lunches organized and under control in your house then you’ve come to the right spot. We have a list of a few things you can do to get school lunches organized and under control. Get organized so fixing lunches becomes quick and easy.
How To Get School Lunches Organized and Under Control
Start With A List And Go Shopping
This is of course if you haven’t already gone shopping. Start by sitting down with your kids and come up with a list of lunches they like. This could include sandwiches and wraps, or even homemade lunch-able, but it doesn’t have to stop there. If you add a thermos to the mix, you can suddenly pack reheated leftovers, homemade soup and the likes. The key is to find lunch foods and snacks that your kids will eat that are also easy to pack. We’ve even sent cooked frozen chicken to school with our kids. It’s a great tip.
Make sure you have appropriate containers, and then head to the grocery store to pick up everything you need for the week. Don’t forget about snacks and drinks as needed. The list should make this much easier. Once you have several different lunch ideas your kids like and will actually eat, you can simply rotate through them and make the ingredients part of your weekly shopping trips. If you have kids the age of mine that can make their own lunches then make sure they SEE that you have the items on the list you made together.
Prep What You Can As Soon As You Get Home
When you get home from the store, keep lunch foods out and see what you can do to prep things ahead of time. Instead of putting that bag of grapes away, go ahead and wash and store them in little bags you can grab and toss in the lunch box. Having pre-packaged with measured servings ready to go is a huge time saver. The same goes for things like carrots and even salads. Slice cheese as needed and just thing about what you can prep as soon as you get home. This is an amazing step to help you get school lunches organized and under control.
Pack Lunches The Night Before
Mornings are busy, the kids run around like crazy and things are never perfect. We don’t have time to worry about packing lunches. Best tip, and one that my parents made us do was making them the night before. And stop doing it all yourself, kids as young as five can start helping to pack their own lunches. Try packing them together after dinner at night. Have them help with lunch prep and clean-up after. You can store cold items in the fridge and have everything else sitting in the lunch box ready to go. I have refrigerator bags and lunch boxes and we just keep them in the fridge overnight. It won’t take you long to get into a rhythm of preparing lunches while you’re cleaning up after dinner. You’ll appreciate this new habit in the mornings when all you need to do is grab a couple of things from the fridge and toss them in the lunch boxes.
Get In The Habit Of Cleaning Lunch Boxes As Soon As The Kids Get Home
OMG, there is nothing more disgusting than food left in a kid’s backpack for God knows how long. To make lunch prep even easier and under control, get the kids into the habit of cleaning out their lunch box as soon as they get back from school. Even the youngest can help with this. Have them toss any uneaten food and bring the containers to the sink to be washed. Older children can easily clean their own containers, while you’ll probably have to do the washing for your youngest. Having everything clean and ready to go will make it easier to get school lunches organized and under control.
Stick to these tips and it won’t take you long to get into an efficient lunch packing routine that will make it a snap. Don’t forget to get the kids involved and put them in charge of much of the preparations. Not only will this make your live easier in the long run, it will give them a sense of ownership over their lunch.