Today I will share a cheap and easy way to keep the lunch boxes organized and the food from getting crushed. But first, if you didn’t catch the earlier posts this month about organization, check out Hair ties, Headbands, and Headaches and also the post from Grandma, called Seriously Good Ideas for Around the House. The list amazed me with its innovation and simpleness.
Note: Several of the links below link to Amazon so you can see where you could buy these things, but I always buy them at our local big box store.
Now for that lunchbox.
Organized Lunch box tip #1: I don’t like to use plastic bags for the lunch box. They clog up landfills and if the lunchbox isn’t hard or if there is a thermos in the box, things get squashed. I spent months looking for the perfect little containers to put all the small serving sizes into. There are plenty of expensive options: Bento boxes and snap ‘n lock type containers. But the sizes I found were always awkward to fit into the lunch box or the size I loved wasn’t sold separately, only as part of a 10 container set. Plus, I didn’t want to spend too much money, since I knew the girls would occasionally lose a container.
Solution: Ball freezer containers, 8 oz size. A set of five costs about $3.00, not on sale. I bought two packages about three years ago. We still have six containers that haven’t been lost or cracked. They fit perfectly in lunch boxes. They store chips, pepper strips, fruit (without leakage), even half a banana. And the girls love it when their chips aren’t a pulverized mess. Plus I use these little guys all the time to actually freeze things too.
Organized lunch box tip#2: Reusable ice cubes. These make my girls happy; other kids think I am cool for packing them and sometimes they get pulled out when someone is injured and needs ice pack therapy. Plus they keep the milk and yogurt cold. Also, they are just filled with water so when the occasional ice cube springs a leak, it isn’t a gel mess.
Organizational lunch box tip #3: Use the dishwasher. Have you ever noticed how nasty the corners of your kids’ lunch boxes get? Actually, mine gets that way over time too. We use vinyl lunch boxes, the soft kind. Whenever we have a longer weekend break, I run them through a short cycle in the dishwasher. When the cycle is done, I dry them off, use a Q’tip to get the wet crumbs that are clinging to the seams and the finally they look clean again.
How do you keep lunch neat and organized?
Read other bloggers Jill Savage’s and other bloggers’ Third Thursday Blog Hop: Organizational Ideas for more inspiration. (Some day soon I will figure out how to use the link up widget)
Also sharing with Mama Loves.