Prep Your Kitchen for Back to School


Kitchen
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Sadly, summer is almost over and the kids will be returning to school soon — August 24th, for most. With school days fast-approaching, 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:

 

Snack Station

Long days at school mean hungry kids. 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.

 

 

vegetables and fruits

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

Visit your favorite discount store to stock up on plastic baggies, tupperware, lunch bags, napkins, and anything else you’ll need to make lunches during the school year. For faster fixing, keep all of this in drawers or cabinets that are near each other.

 

Pantry Restock

The routine of weeknight dinners is coming, so get your pantry ready by making sure you’ve got all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples, and soup. Stocking up on frozen items are good, too. If you don’t have time to plan meals every night, these items will definitely come in handy.

 

Refrigerator interior

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 put it.

 

Color Code

If you’re known for calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color-coded lunch boxes, tupperware, backpacks, etc. By doing so, you keep yourself and them organized.

 

Wish List

If you need inspiration for lunch or dinner, place a whiteboard or a 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 more organization.