Getting out the door to school and work on time is hectic enough, and having to pack lunches for everyone can make things more rushed. David and I both started new jobs recently that means we need to pack lunches, so I took a few minutes to set up a lunch packing station to make things more organized in the mornings.
I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of how I organized our lunch packing stations to give you some ideas to implement in your own house. With the start of school nearing, it’s a great time to get organized for all of those lunches you’ll be packing. So whether you’re packing your kids’ school lunches or your own lunches to take to work, I hope a few of my tips will work well for your own lunch packing station!
I designated room in our fridge and a cupboard for lunch packing stations. I organized everything in Dollar Tree plastic baskets and clipped on little chalkboard labels.
Fridge Lunch Packing Station
I added three baskets to a shelf in our fridge to create a station for all of our cold lunch items. One of the baskets contains all of our sandwich-making supplies – lunch meat, sliced cheese, and condiments. This basket is handy to quickly pull out of the fridge when making sandwiches for our lunches.
The other two baskets hold cold sides like yogurts, fruits, cheese sticks and veggies. I used snack-sized baggies to divide foods into single servings. As we’re packing our lunches each morning, we each grab a couple items from these baskets.
Cupboard Lunch Packing Station
I cleared out space in one of our cupboards to make room for two baskets of lunch items. These baskets mostly hold granola bars and Pop-Tarts, along with single servings of chips and crackers. Whenever I buy these snack foods at the store, I immediately empty the boxes into these baskets. That way, it’s quick to reach in and grab what we need for our lunches.
This cupboard also holds sandwich supplies such as peanut butter and honey.
I also made room on a shelf so our lunch bags are easy to grab and can also be quickly tucked out of the way when we get home from work.
Do you have a lunch packing station in your house? What are your tips?