09 March 2011

Transform cardboard containers into snack organizers

Make your own snack organizers

In my quest to render my job as "food hander-outer" obsolete, I'm making the kids' snacks more self-serve. To that end, I've put together a snack box that sits in the cupboard and is reachable by everyone. For a while, I was portioning everything into little single-serving cups, which works well for bulk and homemade items. But some snacks (cereal bars, fruit leather) already come packaged. All I have to do with those is to keep them neat.

Make your own snack organizers (detail)

Inspired by the design of the fruit leather box, I cut other cardboard containers into little snack organizers which keep the cereal bars and packages of popcorn neatly upright and separate. Not only can the kids see what snacks are available without digging, on grocery day, I can see what I need to replace.

Relevant tangent: Certain favorite snacks -- I'm talking about the ones that get eaten or packed in the lunchbox most every day -- arrive at my door courtesy of Amazon Subscribe & Save. In this case, it's the box of fruit leather. Cheaper than buying each item individually and I don't have to think about it.

Who else has a snack organization hack?

Related: Healthy snacks are more readily accepted when your kid's at his hungriest

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Asha, great idea! I keep a box of love notes for school lunches in an old box like your snack box. Even though I don't make my kids' lunches any longer (they do it) and they've asked me not to include love notes any longer (sniffle, sniffle) I can't bear to get rid of this box of lunch box love notes! It's still sitting in my pantry.

Great idea. I am a HUGE fan of subscribe and save as well. SOOOO helps me out. I'd love to see a post sharing the actual products people buy from Amazon with this program.

You can do something similar to hold magazines, just cut a cereal box down. If you want to be ~~FONCY~~ you can cover it with wallpaper remnants, contac paper, decoupaged paper, etc. When I was a kid, I kept my Cricket Magazines in old cut-down Cheerios boxes.

I do something similar but less organized. A snack bucket that my five-year old can rummage through and pick out his own snack. I keep fruit leather, raisin boxes, individually wrapped prunes (I know right? He loves them.), small halloween-size packs of goldfish, granola bars, etc. I usually like to reduce packaging but in this case the single-serve items work great and keep him from munching through a whole box of cheese-its!

That is a brilliant idea, Lindsay. I'll do it this week.

I agree, I am stealing both ideas. I just signed up for the fruit leather.

Love this! What a great idea!

Awwww, Cricket Magazines! This is a great addition to the kid's bookshelf hack as well:
http://www.parenthacks.com/2011/01/wall-mounted-plastic-file-holders-create-toddler-friendly-book-storage.html

I'm going to try it and hope for the best. We waste way too much food around here with the way I have previously offered snacks.

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