With classes in full swing, it’s time to kick your kitchen back into gear. Follow these eight tips to make sure you start the school year on the right foot.
Long days at school mean hungry tummies. Clear out a low pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet or fridge drawer for quick-grab snack options. Organize with clear boxes or open bins for easy selection.
Leave It Out
Out of sight, out of mind, right? Leave out fresh fruits and veggies for your kids to grab when they get home from school (they’re more likely to choose what’s readily available).
Lunch Load Up
Stock up on plastic baggies, Tupperware, lunch bags, napkins and anything else you’ll need to make lunches during the school year. For faster preparation, keep all of these items in nearby drawers and/or cabinets.
The weeknight-dinner routine is on its way, so get your pantry ready by making sure you have all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples and soup. Stocking up on frozen items is a good idea, too.
Refresh the Fridge
Take the time to clean out food items that have been pushed to the back over the summer. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need for school days and you’ll have the space to accommodate it.
If you’re known for calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color-coded lunchboxes, Tupperware, backpacks, etc. By doing so, you keep yourself and them organized.
If you need inspiration for lunch or dinner, place a whiteboard or notepad in the kitchen and invite your family to add their ideas. You can use the same technique in between grocery trips.
Get in the Groove
Set aside a time to get the next day’s lunches and dinners ready the night before. A schedule is the best way to ease stress and keep things running smoothly. Plus, that leaves more time for organization.