Getting organized for packed lunches

So I have to admit I love packing school lunches NOW, but there was a time when I hated it though. You know the drill…you wake up in the morning and start making lunches. You open the tupperware cabinet only to have the whole entire cabinet fall out onto the floor in front of you. You finally get the lunches packed and think your doing good until your son asks if you remembered to write him a note and put it in his lunch box…and of course you forgot too.  Why? Well because the paper is in the desk in the other room and the pens are in the drawer! So after a few days of complete packed lunch madness in the morning I decided to get more organized and store everything I needed to pack lunches in one place. I cannot tell you enough how much this little organized bin has made packing lunches so much easier. It was such a simple thing to do. I ended up using a metal basket that I already had and put all of his lunch box supplies in it. Then I printed off  a bunch of free lunch box notes that I found on line and cut them up so they were ready to go. Aren’t those little cards way cuter then just a plain ole piece of white paper anyways?! Plus you know me…any excuse for me to get my craft on and I will do it! And yes, I must use washi tape to stick the note onto his containers…way cuter, right?!Once I had all of the supplies together I quickly made this little fabric pouch that ties to the side of the metal bin. It holds all of the note making supplies along with a place to store all of the forks and spoons. I even cut a little piece of chalkboard fabric and clipped it onto the side of the pouch to remind me of certain meals. As you can see Friday is pizza day and I better not forget that one! Now everything is super organized and it truly makes my mornings roll much smoother…at least when it comes to packing the lunches! Now I’m still working on getting my meals organized better. Any tips for me?

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  1. you have got to be the cutest Mom ever – I love this! I make my lunches the night before just so I don’t have to deal with it. So not a fan. But whenever I do slip a note in, I know Chloe loves it :). Your kids have one fantastic Momma!

  2. As I am reading your blog.. I am laughing being an empty nester to 4.. Honey just wait till you have all 3 going to school if making lunch for one puts you into this kind of frenzy.. lol.. I am more laughing at myself when I had all 4 to make lunches for.. BUT I just did it while they were eating breakfast or put together non perishables the night before in their lunch bags or boxes whatever was cool at the time.. Good luck Christina love your idea..

  3. I agree do it the night before! We even get the whole week lined up on things like crackers, chips, carrots, canned fruit, etc. If stuff that can be ready to go ahead of time is then its much quicker, even the night before.

  4. Great job in organizing! I have 3 teens and lunches are now about remembering who likes what and what goes where. I am a mother hen, but some days I think I should just let them fend for themselves.
    Have a Happy Day : )
    Terrie

  5. I did a guest post about a system for getting your kids to help choose their lunches so they will actually eat it! You can check it out and see if anything works for you!

    http://andloveittoo.com/healthy-lunchbox-2012-jessica-from-allergic-to-air-part-1/

  6. Ahh the washi tapes add the cutest, most adorable touch :)

  7. Cutie cute cute!

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