Cut Your Lunch Packing Time In Half!
I hate packing school lunches. One of my problems is that I just can’t get moving in the mornings. I have tried packing them at night, but I can never seem to find the time. Too often I realize that I forgot to pack lunches as I’m laying in bed about to go to sleep. I came up with a great solution for making my kids lunches that cuts the time in half! I have told several people about the lunch packing tip and the LOVE it!
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When I come home from the grocery store I have big boxes of snacks. Some are prepackaged like peanut butter crackers, granola bars or raisins. Others are in bags such as pretzels or gold fish. Here’s what I do.
- First, I empty out all the prepackaged items from the bigger boxes and dump them in a huge bowl that I keep in the pantry. You can find these just about anywhere. I saw some at Dollar Tree this morning.
- Second, I open the big bags like animal crackers or pretzels. I portion them out in snack sized baggies and put them in the bowl too.
Now I do not have to waste my time doing this on weekday mornings. It’s all done for the week and they are ready to grab.
I like that there is a lot of variety and I can see it all in one place and decide what to pack in each bag. I also do this for refrigerated items. When I get a bag of carrots, grape tomatoes, or bunches of grapes, I portion them out so can I can grab them fast. I keep these in a small area of my refrigerator. The kids can even make their own lunch when I need them to (I love this lunch bag). I know what they will choose because I can say, “Get 2 things out of the blue bowl and 1 out of the refrigerator.”
This has saved me so much time. This works great at snack time as well. The kids can get their own snack without my help. They can grab something if we are in a hurry and need to jump in the car to go somewhere. I hope this trick will work in your home too, especially if you’re like me and have trouble getting moving in the morning.
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