It’s that time of year again. Time to get serious about getting organized before school starts (which is before Labor Day here!) With lunches for 3 children and a husband, times 5 days a week, times 4 weeks a months, times….sigh, let’s just say being organized before school starts is a necessity.
In our house there are 4 of us making lunches each morning so having an organized lunch making area is really helpful. It’s helpful for my teen daughters, for my husband and for me, too. Truth be told, the organization started for my convenience but now I see how it helps my family (and an organized family makes a happy Mommy).
I’ve designated one cabinet near both the refrigerator and the island as the Lunch Box Cabinet. When I set up my kitchen, I picked a cabinet that would create a work triangle with the refrigerator, pantry and counter (the areas used to prepare lunches). I was able to set up this work triangle on the other side of the kitchen island so it is out of the way of where most of the breakfast preparation occurs. With 4 people in the kitchen in the morning and 3 of us making lunches, this was an important factor to consider.
The Lunch Box Cabinet holds all the equipment we need to make lunches. The only thing I didn’t put in the Lunch Box Cabinet is plastic sandwich and snack bags. I did that on purpose to try to encourage my family to use the environment-friendly containers. But other than that, everything we need to make lunches, except food, is kept here in the cabinet.