My hubby and I tend to "call" lunches every night after dinner. As in "I'll do baths, you do lunches." This is usually followed by a, "but I fixed dinner, YOU do lunches." Or a "Oh c'mon, let me have baths, YOU do lunches." Can you tell we're not big fans of packing lunches?! It's just that I get bored with the same old same old, and he has trouble keeping up with what the girls have decided they are and are not willing to eat on any given week. My girls are not picky by any stretch of the imagination, so it really boils down to that we both kind of stink at packing lunches.
In the hopeful thought that we CAN'T be the only ones out there, I thought I'd share what I came up with to make the process at least a little bit easier.
I actually got this little rolling cart from a yard sale for a buck, you can't beat it. The girls pick some, and I pick some, and I separate the crackers, pretzels, etc. into snack size zippie bags. For all of you looking at all those plastic bags, don't judge me. We do what we can do, but I have decided I cannot give up my snack size zippies. I just love them. I'm a huge coupon freak, so not only does this make packing lunches easier, it ensures that we finish a box of snacks before it goes stale, and that we don't have four hundred and eleven boxes of various snacks open at the same time.
Their gummies and fruit snacks go in here too, as well as any little treats, desserts, etc. The lovely thing about having this cart stocked is that when the girls want a snack, they know they can help themselves to anything on the cart. Having the cart on wheels also means that when I'm stocking the cart, I can wheel it right into the kitchen next to me. Lazy little girl, aren't I?!
My refrigerator has a similar shelf as well, with fruit pre-portioned into little baggies. At least there's always two things packed and ready to go to grab and put in the lunch bags. No extra thought or effort required.
And of course, after school, there's always a snack of milk and cookies around here! Do you have any ideas or tips that makes packing lunches easier? I'd love for you to share in the comments!