Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Back to School: Lunches

It's a tedious job, but it has to be done.  
Here are a few of my tips as well as some ideas I found online.

My biggest advice, is do it the day ahead.  In our home, the kids come in the door, unload their backpacks, and make lunches right away.  Straight into the fridge without another thought.

Second tip from make their own.  I assign the duty to one kid, usually the one with the least homework which is likely unfair, but such is life.  That kid makes all four lunches and the job is done.

From my research on making the school lunch process easy, the consensus seems to be to keep everything in one spot, prepackage it, and let kids do it themselves.

 Whether in the cupboard,

or in the fridge

store lunch items together so it's easy for kids to gather things up.

I read one tip about freezing peanut butter sandwiches.  Those kids must attend school on the moon cause I don't think any school in this country allows peanut butter anymore.
We freeze muffins in ziplocks of 2 each.

I also saw this fancy trick.

I love it.

So I was inspired to create my own bin of lunchables.

It was a great chance to clean out my cupboard at the same time.

I read a quote on BuzzFeed Life from Rachel Sanders that said, "At the end of the day, if they don't starve or get scurvy, you're doing fine."  
That I can manage.


  1. Love your ideas! Does this mean that Cate makes the lunches most of the time :) Or maybe she gets more homework than my son...

    1. Ha ha...last year it was Cate and Eli but this year the torch may pass to Cate...what will I do when they all have homework????