If you are like our family, we are getting ready for back to school. Little by little, I have been clearing out and updating each room in my home. It's amazing how much the house gets cluttered when there are four people in it 24/7. So, when I finally reached to the kitchen to reorganize, I decided to write about organizing kitchen tips for back to school.
Back to school kitchen organization tips
Kitchen Tip #1: Go through cans and soups and other pantry supplies to make sure you have everything you need for at least the first two weeks of school.
Meal planning is great if you have the time too. These meals are easy and fun for the whole family. Some examples are Mexican Dinner night, an Italian Dinner night, a Leftovers Mash-up Night, and a Meatless Dinner Night.
Kitchen Tip #2: Add a "Dinner Tonight" basket to your counter.
In the morning pull out what you need to defrost and place in this bin. It works great for freezer soup dishes because it keeps it contained when defrosting. This is what mine looks like.
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Kitchen Tip #3: Make a snack section for a quick grab to make lunches.
Buy a month supplies at your nearby wholesale store or buy at least 2 weeks worth of snacks (using coupons always) and sort them in labeled bins. I have one for gluten-free snacks, but you can have a bin called, "sweet snacks" or "salty snacks" or "low cal snacks".
Kitchen Tip #4: Gather storage bags and other items in one place.
Then, store the kid's and adult's lunch bags on the counter to remind you at dinner time the night before to make lunch the next day. Use a pull out drawer to hold all the lunch storage bags for easy access.
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Kitchen Tip #5: Bulk buying saves lots of money on snacks.
Have an area that you can store large containers to refill with large bags of snacks.
These tips will not only help you as a parent, but it will also help the kiddos be more independent by letting them know where supplies and food are kept. Get them involved in the process of creating a well-organized kitchen and you will be saving time by handing age appropriate tasks to the kids.
Let's continue the conversation, what is your favorite back to school organizing kitchen tip? Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.
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Loving the "dinner tonight" bin. I always have an area of the counter where I put supplies for the evening's meal, including the recipe (if I'm using one.) Sometimes I even start working on dinner in the morning.... on those days when the 3-6pm slot is crazy!
I second that neat idea for using a bin to defrost the frozen stuff! Love your ideas and pictures to illustrate your points.
Great ideas Sabrina! Love the acrylic bin idea. I do the same thing for our snacks. I'm also finding that having baggies per filled in the pantry helps my kid with portion control for snacks as well. 🙂
Love the dinner to go bin! It's a lifesaver for you to be ready with all things prepped for dinner.
I always learn something from you! I never would have thought of using an acrylic bin for defrosting frozen food.
Thanks Janet! I am glad you learned something from the post. =)