Back to School Organizing: Lunch and Snack Prep

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode.

Be organized with back to school with some advance lunch and snack prep

Can you believe students are already going back to school? My older two started last Thursday. Back to school means lots of paperwork, lunch packing, and laundry. This also means that I really need to be organized so that things run more smoothly during the week, especially in the mornings.

Since daily lunch prep for my husband and kids can be fairly time consuming, we developed ways to increase efficiency. Here are some tips that have helped us with snack and lunch prep for the school and work week.

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Air tight plastic containers can keep crackers and cookies fresh longer and make for more uniform storage than bulky boxes. They also show what I have in stock and what I’m running low on.

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I use basic Ikea containers to hold a variety of snacks. I also make a simple trail mix of peanuts and raisins that my husband takes to work every day and that we enjoy at home. He calls it his “bread-less PB&J.”

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These wire baskets from the Container Store fit perfectly side by side in my cabinet pantry. I can easily slide the basket out instead of searching around for a particular container in my deep cabinet. This especially comes in handy on the lower levels of the cabinet.

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Similar types of items can be grouped in each basket to cut down on the time it takes to find what I’m looking for.  Filling these containers every 2 weeks helps ensure I don’t over buy a specific item.  Since my kids bring snacks and lunch to school everyday, eliminating waste, minimizing prep time and providing tasty and health options are my goal!

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On Sunday afternoons, I fill these snack bags up for the week and place them in baskets for easy access. They are perfect for the lunch box, on the go for after school activities or as a quick snack on Sundays after church.

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I bought a bunch of these dollar store baskets and they have been great for my pantry.  This one is for salty!

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Granola bars and Choco Pies go in this basket. Have you ever had a Choco Pie? They are Korean snacks and consist of two soft round layers of cake covered in chocolate with a marshmallow filling. Umm.. YUM! Okay, I digress… back to organizing…

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These baskets are great for fruit snacks, juice boxes, apple sauce pouches, etc.

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When I’m done, they go right back into my pantry. I love how these wire baskets have handles on both sides. I just slide out the basket and take out the container that I need.

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Have you ever spent 5 minutes looking for the mayo or mustard?

Another great tip is to put all your sandwich making ingredients into one basket in the fridge. Everything is in one place and it makes clean up so much faster. I also like to fill everyone’s water bottles every night and put them in the fridge so they’re ready to go the next day. Baskets in the fridge can be like extra drawers that hold fruit, yogurt, and cheese sticks so they are all organized in one container.

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Get your kids to help out! Let them make their own lunches. I let them choose their meal and snacks and we make it a joint effort to pack them together every evening. Make it a part of your family time! We like to make sandwiches, paninis, quesadillas, or pack leftovers from dinner.

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Hope these back to school organizing ideas help make your lunch prep time run more smoothly. You don’t have to use my exact ideas but I hope they inspired you to get more organized for the school year. I wish your kids all the best for an awesome, successful school year!


Yuni is married to her high school sweetheart and is a stay at home mom to three precious miracles. She is passionate about Jesus and loves creating a home with purpose. You can find her at Love Your Abode where she shares her love for DIY, organizing, cooking, and interior design. She loves gathering, feeding, and celebrating people. 

Filed under: Guest Bloggers, Kid Stuff, School Stuff, Yuni


10 Responses to Back to School Organizing: Lunch and Snack Prep

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    Tara says

    Thank you for the great ideas. I pack seven lunches and it feels like it takes forever! I will definitely be heading to a pound store for baskets before they go back to school. I hope your kids have a great start to the new school year x

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      yuni min says

      Thank you so much, Tara for your comment! 7 lunches?! Wow, that’s amazing! Yes, those baskets help so much. Good luck with your organization!!

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    Portlangela says

    I don’t have little ones but the organization ideas are great! I especially like the idea of putting a basket in the fridge. Always inspiring, Yuni!

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      yuni min says

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment. Yes, the basket in the fridge has helped us so much! Have a great day!

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    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort says

    I love your idea of having everything you need to make a sandwich in one basket! I’ve never thought of that. So clever!

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      yuni min says

      It’s been a total gamechanger when it comes to lunch packing! Thank you so much!

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    Becky L says

    Great ideas setting aside snacks in ziploc bags. I try to get ahead for lunches I pack for work the night before. Leftovers from meals are put into reheatable containers and labeled. Easy for a quick grab next morn for husband and me. Adult daughter takes care of her own food as her schedule is different from ours. I like your basket idea for your pantry. I’m still figuring out our re-organization for deep shelfs in kitchen. Thanks for your inspiration.

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      yuni min says

      Thank you, Becky! Looks like your ideas have been working well for your family. The baskets are so wonderful for our pantry and have been working well for our type of pantry. I’m so glad you were inspired from this post. Have a great day!

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    Donna says

    Choco pies are called Wagon Wheels in the UK.

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      yuni min says

      No way! 😀 How cool!


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