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Genius Lunch Box Hacks for Busy Moms

Genius lunch box hacks to make the school year easier for busy moms!


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Back to School time means time to pack lunches. 180 lunches to be exact (give or take a few).

Whether you're a balanced bento box mom or a "toss in a Lunchables and call it a day" mom, by May I can guarantee one thing: you'll be DONE with making lunches. Packing lunch boxes every day can become a real source of stress, but it doesn't have to be. With a little preparation and a few clever lunch box hacks, you can make school lunch prep a breeze.  

 Genius Back to School Hacks for Busy Moms

Make a Lunch Box Drop Zone




Designate a spot on the counter for lunch gear - lunchboxes, water bottles, etc. Then you always know where they are when it's time to head out the door and where they go when you get home.⁣

It doesn't need to be fancy. Ours is just a clear bin and a chalkboard label. Totally simple and it works like a charm.⁣ If you want to avoid using counter space, you can clear out a small cabinet or drawer too.

Make a Self Serve Lunch Spot




Prep lunch essentials ahead of time and store in a self serve spot in the pantry or refrigerator. We use this as a snack station in the summer and easily transition it into a lunch box packing zone once school begins.

Prep Lunch Box Notes for the Entire Year at Once

Turn an inexpensive coupon organizer into a lunch box note file so you can prep printable lunch box notes for your children for the entire year at once.


I love adding notes to my boys' lunch boxes, and I have over 100 printable lunch box notes in my collection. At the beginning of the year, I print and cut them all out, then store them by holiday and season in a small expandable folder. It doesn't take long to do and then I can just grab a note each morning and pop it in their lunchboxes. So easy!


Store your organizer with the rest of your lunch gear so you always have it at your fingertips. It's totally optional, but you can also decorate it with a DIY label on your Cricut.


Let Kids Pack Their Own Lunches


This might sound impossible but it's actually super easy thanks to my handy lunch planning set



This set has everything busy moms need to encourage independence in their kids and show them how to pack their own lunches every day. Check it out here.

More Back to School Lunch Hacks


Save money and reduce stress with these Lunch Box Packing Tips (Come Together Kids)

Go green by making your own Cloth Napkins for School Lunches (Buggy & Buddy)

Save time and avoid a morning rush when you Prepare Lunches Once for the Week (Your Modern Family)

Be prepared with a Month of School Lunch ideas with No Repeats (Super Mommy Club)

Save time and money by planning ahead with these Simple Lunch Box Ideas (Picklebums).

Get more great lunch box ideas and adorable emoji notes here (The Chirping Moms).

Want more back to school hacks? Check this out!



Get the tools you need to make the entire school year less stressful and more organized with the Back to School Bootcamp. The bootcamp is an online course and printable toolkit designed to help you:

Rock Your Routines
Handle school mornings and bedtimes like a pro when you learn how to create a routine that works for YOUR family.

Get Organized
Learn how to organize your home from the foyer to the kitchen to the kids room to make school days a breeze.

Take Control
Take control of the clutter, make school lunches simple, and finally get a handle on all that paper.

Plus, each lesson comes with printable tools so you can implement what you've learned quickly and easily, including an interactive workbook and bonus printables.

That's the just beginning of what you'll find in the Back to School Bootcamp. It's a complete Back to School Toolkit to help you be more organized and less stressed this school year.

But it's only available for a limited time. Preview the Back to School Bootcamp now and grab your FREE printable Back to School mini planner while you can! Or dive in and start your best year ever now.


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3 comments

  1. Lots of lovely ideas.. Thanks for sharing #frugal family

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  2. Thanks for the roundup pinned for later.

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