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Back to School season means there is usually a lot of organizing and stocking up on necessities. Even though Charlie will only be going for half-days, we certainly take advantage of the opportunities to stock up on things we need around the house.
A couple of years ago, I picked up a cheap cabinet (I believe it's probably for the bathroom) from one of our many local Facebook consignment groups. I had planned on using it to set up snacks for Charlie to grab from while I was tending to little brother.
This didn't end up happening right away and we eventually used it to store all the baby food and then it switched to just holding their plates and bowls. This week though, I finally made it over into what I had originally planned, our Kid Pantry!
Inside of this little cabinet, I'm able to keep snacks, juice boxes or pouches, and their dishes! They have access to what they need and want throughout the day without mom having to jump up at every demand (not that I necessarily do that anyway).
In theory, when the snacks from that cabinet are done, they're done for the week. Of course, there are cheese sticks, more fruit, and veggies available in the fridge.
To get started, you'll need to clear out a cabinet that will work for you. Check your thrift shops, consignment sites online, yard sales, and your basement! If you're in love with the cabinet we have, you can grab a similar one here.
Once you have what you'll be converting into your Kid Pantry, grab those bins that you have stored away or pick up a few at the store. I suggest a variety of sizes, so you can really make them fit where you need and make them work for you.
We're able to fit the kid's utensils in a drawer on the top, which was a real bonus getting those things out of my silverware drawer! Also, the kids can now grab their own without getting into ours, which may have a few sharp knives or peelers in it.
As parents, I think one of our goals is to make things easier. And I don't just mean on the kids. Having a Kid Pantry set-up that contains snacks, drinks and their dishes definitely makes my life easier. If they want a snack or drink, they can grab it (after Mom or Dad approval).
It will also help Charlie (4) learn he needs to ration out his favorites or he'll only have things he doesn't like as much by the end of the week.
Now, I know portioning out items into little baggies may seem like a task, but it's totally worth it in the long-run! If you do it once a week, it can definitely save you some time (and headache) later. I know when my boys want something, they tend to want it immediately.
I keep a bowl of fresh fruit up there, too! Another great grab and go snack!
What kind of snacks would you keep in your kid pantry?