It’s that time of summer where I’m trying to get my kid to decompress from all of the late nights, fun swim days and yes, video games. It’s time for us to clean up and and prepare for back to school and activity filled days. Let’s start preparing the kitchen pantry since it might be a mess from having kids rummage through it all summer! It’s always good to get a jump start on getting snacks ready for school lunches. Let me show you my back to school pantry organization!
Gather What You Have On Hand
First, I gathered what snacks I had on hand and some I had just purchased with school in mind. I also grabbed a couple of storage baskets, shoe box bins and snap ware I had on hand. These are things I recommend you get if you don’t have them.
I take everything out of their cardboard packaging. This is the #1 space saving secret to organizing a pantry! Then I start organizing items in the storage containers I had on hand.
Some things I know my son loves so I buy in bulk. Then I separate them into Snap-ware.
I started doing this last year and it really saved us time in the mornings or the night before when we were preparing lunch for Sam. I can only imagine how helpful it would be to prep like this if you have a larger family.
I use snack bags to put the crackers in and usually go by the serving size plus a few to grow on. If my son brings the cracker snack bags home they get reused a few times before tossing.
I did eight bags of each. Usually he will get one cracker bag, one cookie bag and then his main course, fruit/veggie and yogurt. I prepared some Ritz crackers, Crispy Sea Salt Crackers, popcorn and Graham crackers the same way.
Most of the time we have fresh fruit but I do find these to be an easy substitution. I take the contents out of the the plastic serving bowl and put it in the Snap-ware to stick in his lunch. I store all of the plastic fruit bowls (out of the cardboard) in the storage basket to easily grab one.
Clean Up and Recycle
Pantry Organization Reveal
Finally, here’s what my pantry looks like ready for school! This all took about one hour and will save me three times as much during the first few weeks of school. When I start running low I can easily replenish and keep using the system. It also makes it easy to tell Sam he can grab a snack bag after school as well.
You may have noticed the Goldfish box…it’s still there because I ran out of snack bags. lol Trust me the cardboard will be purged soon enough. 🙂
I would love to hear how you get your pantry ready for ‘Back To School’!