I don’t know about your house but it seems that my boys never can agree on anything. Every once in awhile they do agree on what to watch on TV. However I think my youngest just concedes the choice to his older brother. So it goes without saying that one of them prefers the school cafeteria lunch and the other one wants to bring his lunch to school!
Now that school has been in session for almost two months, you have probably found some things work and some simply don’t work. I have found that packing my son’s lunch isn’t really that hard. To be honest, if you pack it yourself rather than buying prepackaged lunches you can save a little money. We all know it is a lot easier to buy the Lunchables and the little bags of chips along with a juice box. Unless you find them on sale or have a coupon, they can be expensive and often not very nutritious. Therefore I take a big bag of chips, crackers or pretzels and split them up in multiple snack bags to save money. If the juice boxes are not on sale, I fill our reusable bottles with Kool-Aid.
To keep your lunch items handy, start by dedicating a drawer or cupboard space to hold all your items. This will allow you to quickly and easily pack lunches. I grab crackers from the cupboard everyday after school to refill my son’s morning snack and then put them in his backpack for the following morning. This way I don’t forget and he is not without his morning snack. I have forgotten his snack before and oh my, did I really feel bad. Trust me, I will not make the same mistake again! I even pack his Monday morning snack on Friday after school (usually the prepackaged Whales from Wal-Mart so they don’t sit in a plastic bag over the weekend).
For a stress-free morning, try to pack school lunches the night before. Be sure to ask for some input from your child. I have learned that when your children have a say in what goes into their lunch boxes, they’re more likely to eat it. Remember that most schools allow only 15 or 20 minutes to eat lunch so make sure the foods you pack are easy to open. I have a friend who makes sandwiches for the week and then freezes them to save time. Another friend of mine buys Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwiches, 5 for $5, and freezes them for her son’s lunch. If your child is tired of bread, think about trying crackers, bagels, pita pockets or tortillas to create a new sandwich.
I hope you find when everything is organized and handy you can literally pack a lunch in seconds!
Author Michelle Lehman of Organizing Solutions “Clear the Clutter” Michelle is a Professional Organizer in the Tulsa area. Her articles have been featured in the Tulsa World, The Oklahoman, and The Chicago Post-Tribune. Michelle appears on Fox23 News DayBreak giving organizing tips and recommendations.