Create a Clutter-Free B2S Kitchen!

Back-to-school is an exciting time for the entire family: the kids get to see their friends again, moms and dads get a break from busy kid events of summer, and the daily routines of school prompt an organized home. If you’re looking for new ways to get your kitchen back-to-school ready, here are some great tips to help make mornings more manageable.

Stock Up on Necessities

When it comes to back-to-school kitchen supplies a little goes a long way. Kids can be crunched for time when it comes to eating lunch, so making lunchtime as easy as possible for them is a thoughtful way to help your kids have great eating experiences at school. Hand wipes or napkins, plastic utensils, and packaged drinks and snacks make a difference when it comes to being able to go straight to the table to eat. You’ll also want to stock up on baggies, foil, plastic food containers, and plastic wrap.

Create a Snack Station

Designate a convenient spot in the kitchen for a Snack Station that can be easily reached by everyone. Think individual bags of crackers, peanuts, juice boxes, portable fruit, etc. If you have time, you may want to pre-portion snacks into baggies so you can have better control over how much of a certain food your kids are eating. Make sure that the kids know that these foods are strictly for school lunches. For inspiration, check out these 7 Snack Stations and Setup Ideas for Organizing Snacks at Home from The Kitchn.

Make Room in the Fridge

Designate a portion of the fridge for school lunch items that need to stay cold. Whether it’s a space for packed lunch bags or keeping one of the refrigerator drawers free for school lunch sandwiches, juice boxes, and veggies, having refrigerator space for school lunch items is a hassle-free way to make your mornings run as smooth as possible.

Think Outside the Lunchbox

When it comes to school lunches, think outside the lunchbox so kids don’t get bored with their food. A classic PB&J is great and all, but why not make them even better by turning them into fun crust-less sandwiches? This Make Your Own Homemade “Uncrustables” recipe from One Good Thing by Jillee is easy. Make extras, then place the sandwiches on a baking sheet and flash freeze in the freezer for 2 hours before placing sandwiches in individual baggies for freezing up to one month. Let the kids help you make these sandwiches and they’ll think of you fondly as they're eating their DIY crust-less sandwich!

You may want to create a school lunch calendar to help you stay out of the sandwich rut. Make sandwich-free lunches when the kids start to get bored. These 10 Sandwich-Free Lunch Ideas for Kids and Grownups Alike from The Kitchn will keep everyone happy. What kid wouldn’t get a kick out of Food on Sticks and Breakfast for Lunch?

And for Back-to-School Food Safety Tips, read what Foodsafety.gov has to say about packing tips.