Kitchen Organization: For Packing a Quick Lunch

This time of year, we're getting back in the swing of packing lunches. If you ever feel like your weekdays are a repeating loop of the above photo, kitchen organization can go a long way in simplifying and speeding the process:

  • Plastic bags: If you reuse plastic bags, get a system going for washing and drying them so they're ready for the next use. This rack from Gaiam (pictured) can help, as can chopsticks in a cup or just the dish drying rack.
  • Clips: I like to keep binder clips on hand for closing or connecting items to one another.
  • Stock up: Organize your stock of prepared lunch items and ingredients in the refrigerator for quick transfer to a lunch bag/box in the morning. For organization tips and inspiration, check out this tour: A Visit With Bento Expert Biggie of Lunch In a Box.

What kitchen organization steps do you take to help with lunch packing?

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(Images: Rachel Schleif/Wenatchee World, Gaiam, Rubbermaid blog, Dana Velden)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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