Are you overwhelmed when you open your pantry and refrigerator? Is it totally disorganized and you can’t find anything? This is how I was feeling! The kids and I were constantly searching for food and kids snacks we couldn’t find or letting food go bad because we didn’t see it. I decided it was time for some pantry organization. I came up with some easy pantry organization ideas for kids snacks and school lunches that I wanted to share with you.
Use these DIY pantry organization hacks for your refrigerator, cabinets, and counter tops. Once you’re organized, the kids can get their own school snacks and school lunches ready themselves. How great would that be!
This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to buy something using my link, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. For more information, see my disclaimer here.
Easy Pantry Organization Ideas for Kids Snacks & Lunches
DIY Pantry Organization
Every time I opened my pantry, I was overwhelmed by the mess. I wanted the kids to be able to go in and grab a snack by themselves to be more independent but that was not working. Here is what my shelf looked like before I organized the kids snacks.
To fix this huge mess, I purchased some small containers to hold the snacks. Creating sections of different snacks so that they would be easy to find and easy to put away when adding more snacks. I will be honest, I wasn’t sure if I could keep up with the organization. However, once the sections were created, we all seem to be adding things to the right container. It really is working.
TIP: If you want to have the kids pick specific snacks, you could add numbers with a label on each container. Then let the kids know, for example, after school they can pick two things from the #1 bin and one item from the #3 bin. This way, they are not only picking fruit snacks to eat for after school snack.
Here is what my now organized cabinet looks like.
Organizing Kids Snacks & School Lunches in Your Refrigerator
I love the idea of organizing the refrigerator with kids snacks and school lunch options. My hope is that if I have an organized fridge, the kids can be more self sufficient and help make their own school lunches in the morning. I can dream, right?
My plan to accomplish this is by creating bins in the fridge with already prepared items. For example, I will add grapes & carrots in small zip lock bags that they can throw in their lunch or eat after school. On Sundays, I can fill a week’s worth of small bags or prepackaged items such as cheese sticks and yogurt into the bins. Then during the week, we only need to make a quick sandwich in the morning. I don’t know about you but our mornings are hectic and anything I can get done ahead of time will be a huge help.
Here is a picture of how I organized my refrigerator. I again used the same small bins I bought for my pantry. All the bins are placed on the lower shelves so they can be easily reached by the kids.
TIP: Just like the pantry containers, you could label the bins with types of foods so the kids are encouraged to pack a variety of food in their lunch.
Small Space Organization
If you don’t have room in a pantry or the refrigerator to add a kids snack area, don’t worry. You can do something as simple as adding a container to your counter top. What I have done is put a container on the counter labeled with each kids name and I fill it with after school snacks for the week. This lets the kids be responsible for their own snacks but also makes them feel they get to choose their own snacks each day.
Here is an example of the bins I have used on our counter.
Fun storage bin ideas for you.
Have these easy pantry organization ideas inspired you to organize your kitchen? I will say that having the children help with their own snacks and school lunches makes all the effort worth it. Do you have some great pantry organization ideas, too? Please leave them in the comments for all of us to learn from or ask any questions you may have. I love to hear from my readers!
Easy Snacks and School Lunch Ideas
Now that you’re organized, do you need a few new kid snack and school lunch ideas? I have two snacks that are no bake recipes which can be whipped up in minutes and taste delicious. Try my popular No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls and yummy Apple Slice Cookies.
If you need a fast lunch for picky eaters, try my simple Lunch Kabobs. The kabobs are rolled up deli meat with cheese and are completely customizable to each child’s taste. Bonus, the kids can quickly make these themselves in the morning.
Get organized for all your kids after school activities and sports with my free printable activity checklist. It will help you remember everything to bring before you walk out the door. Never forget your kids water bottles, ballet shoes, soccer ball, or other items they need for activities again.
If you enjoyed this article, become part of the Happy Mom Hacks community with my weekly newsletter. It’s filled with tips and tricks to help make a mom’s life easier with fun family travel ideas, quick weeknight meals, household hacks, and cool kid party ideas. Bonus, get my free birthday party checklist when you sign up.
Don’t forget to Pin this for Later
More Useful Articles from Happy Mom Hacks
Quick Family Meals
- 25 Easy Family Dinner Ideas for a Mom on the Run
- 10 Rotisserie Chicken Meal Ideas Your Family Will Love
- Sheet Pan Recipe Perfect for Weeknight Meals
- Delicious Dump and Go Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken
Kids Activities & Birthday Party Ideas
- 5 Fun Rainy Day Activities for Kids
- 40 Awesome Staycation Ideas & Activities for Home
- How to Throw an Awesome Nerf Gun Birthday Party
- 10 Most Popular Boy Birthday Parties
- 8 Easy School Parties Kids & Room Moms will Love
Fun Family Travel Ideas & Tips
- Epic National Parks to Visit Before Your Kids Turn 18
- Shenandoah Valley Virginia – Best Things to Do with Kids
- Luray Cavern Virginia – An Amazing Cave You Have to See
- 10 Best Weekend Getaways in the Midwest for Families
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Top Things to Do with Kids
- Best Guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio
- 10 Fun Free Things to Do in Naples Florida with Kids
- Top 10 Things to Do in Door County Wisconsin for Families
- Ultimate Guide to Chicago Attractions with Kids