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Friday, February 11, 2011

{a place for everything...featuring My Many Colored Days}

Hello Brown Paper Packages readers! I'm Lei from My Many Colored Days, and I'm thrilled to be here at Kierste's blog today. I gotta say though, when Kierste asked me to join in the "A Place For Everything" fun, I panicked for a moment... because I am not all that organized. My craftiness doth deceive you all! Lol. But I try. Don't we all?

Anyway, I do have a great idea for you today, one that was shared with me years ago and has saved me a lot of time on those hectic school mornings.

I don't want to have to get up any earlier in the morning than I already do. As it is I have to be out the door by 6am if I'm going to get in my run for the day. So I do what I can to expedite the time it takes to get my kids ready for school when I run back through that door. Making lunches was probably the most time consuming (and loathesome) thing on my school-morning-to-do list. I used to rummage through my fridge for fruit cups, then my pantry for plastic spoons to accompany said fruit cups. Whilst my kids would be rummaging through the economy sized bag of chips trying find a particular flavor, and then through the granola bar box (which is far too small for 4 sets of hand I might add)... Basically, it was total chaos with us all running into each other and fighting over flavors, and after my kids left my kitchen looked like a natural disaster had hit it. Are you feeling me?

So finally, out of desperation, I rearranged a shelf in my pantry for lunchbox items only. And it has saved my life. Well, not really, but it has shaved several minutes off the early morning ruckus and that is close enough for me!

I started off with these bins from the $1 aisle at target.

Filled them with the goodies my kids love - presorted with their favorite flavors, of course.

And labelled them using leftover Christmas tags that I spray painted with chalkboard paint.

In order of importance: fruity, salty, then sweet.

Now while I make my kids a sandwich at the counter, they can grab one of each thing out of these bins and put them in their lunchboxes all on their own! Without the aftermath! And it takes just a matter of seconds.

Thanks so much to Kierste for having me over! And I'd love for all you Brown Paper Packages readers to come by and say hi sometime!!!


A huge thank you to Lei for being here today! Make sure you stop by My Many Colored Days, to see all her other fabulous ideas and projects.


I did a blogger interview with Modern Bird Studios, and it's up today! Come check it out!

I'm also over at The Patchwork Chronicles today--come on over and say hi!



Blogger WobiSobi said...

Such a great Idea!! And it looks great!!

February 11, 2011 at 5:45 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

great idea! i am going to have to make another target run! :)

February 11, 2011 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger My Serendipity said...

I just love these baskets. I re-purposed some bright green and pink ones after spray painting them..they are like new! Such a versatile little basket!

February 11, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Linds said...

Clever idea Leilani! I love any opportunity to use chalkboard paint ;)

February 11, 2011 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Craft Junkie Too said...

I love to find more ways to be organized! My son has to take a lunch during the summer -- so this is a plan that I will definitely implement when the time rolls around this year. Great tips! :)

February 11, 2011 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Deanna said...

I'll be making a school lunch starting next Fall (for only one kiddo mind you!) but I like that this idea would allow her to "choose" sides to accompany her sandwich. Great idea! Thanks!

February 11, 2011 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger mylittlegems said...

I used the same bins to organize my linen closets, etc. I love them :) The tags are cute. the bigger bins cost $2.50 at my Target dollar section :) totally worth it! love organizing!

February 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

February 12, 2011 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

Can't wait to try this!! I feel your pain with the lunch making. This is going to be so helpful. I might try to find a container for the fridge (maybe a plastic rubbermaid) to put Go-Gurts or yogurts in for the kids as well.

February 12, 2011 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Brandy said...

I also loathe making lunches.

So that's why we do this already, except we make our lunches the night before so it's not another thing to do in the morning with such little time. We just put the completed lunches in the fridge for the night.

And another thing I do is make our sandwiches all on one day, put in zip loc bags, and freeze. We have one of the pampered chef cut-n-seal tools to make our sandwiches look like "uncrustables" (though you don't have to have it). This helps because you're only getting the supplies out for sandwiches once a week and cleaning up crumbs once a week, etc. And your children can completely make the entire lunch themselves if they can pull a premade sandwich out of the freezer.

Hope this helps!

February 12, 2011 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger The Richardsons said...

I absolutely LOVE this. Although I don't yet have to make lunch for my kiddo (since he hasn't quite joined the world yet... 4 more weeks!!) I DO make my husbands lunch every evening. I am in the process of completely re-organizing our home and I'm in love with those bins!! I went to Target to get some and they were all gone :(

March 1, 2011 at 6:10 PM  

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