Over the years as a parent I’ve learned many things – babies are actually cute little bombs, capable of exploding from either end without warning, toddler kisses are gooey but golden and my sanity can be quickly lost while packing school lunches.
It’s not that I don’t like packing school lunches, in fact it’s one of those “labour of love” things for me that I like to do. We do our best to keep it interesting & healthy, the girls don’t mind leftovers (!) and Corey is happy with almost anything I create. Each lunch is put together with my heart and finished off with a “love bite”.
The trouble isn’t even timing. I pack lunches in the evenings either during or after dinner prep. That gives me time to get creative, put it all together and significantly simplifies my mornings. I have myself well organized before the chaos of school mornings begins and means that I don’t need to be up at 3am to pack Corey’s lunch.
My issue with lunch packing is the containing of said lunches. We do our best to avoid disposable materials in our lunches by using containers. I have them in all shapes and sizes, with multiple purposes and colors. The trouble is – every day. Every. Single. Day. I spend half the time it takes to make a lunch searching for all the appropriate components to contain it.
We’ve organized the container drawer many times. We’ve tried like sized lids together, containers stacked beside – nobody sorts by size. I’ve tried lids on each container – then I’d need 54 container drawers. I’ve even tried labeling containers & lids, but let’s get real – who has time to read them all?
The most commonly used system in this house? Dump it in the drawer and hope Mama doesn’t scream when she tries to make lunch.
Let’s just say that system doesn’t work well, and Mama might actually scream (inwardly) when making some lunches…
Now, from what I’ve heard I’m not the only one. Whether it’s packing lunches or storing leftovers, we all have containers and we all have the same question, “WHERE IS THE LID?!”
I think the makers of Rubbermaid must’ve heard us, that or maybe they were just like us, on the desperate hunt for container that had a lid.
Whatever it is, they’ve come up with a solution and it’s working for me!
The Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids solve two problems in one. The gradually sized containers nest together for tidy storage, while the lids both snap together and also attach to the bottoms of the containers.
As always the containers meet up to the high standards in quality we expect from Rubbermaid. They’re freezer & microwave safe, which for us is great. The girls love leftover spaghetti for lunch, and often I make extra to freeze. With the Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid container, I just pull it out of the freezer, pop it in the microwave & fill their thermoses. Then, because they’re dishwasher safe I can toss it in the machine & we’re out the door.
Having my leftovers easy to re-heat is nice, having my lunch packing less chaotic is great, but having my container drawer tidier & more organized is bliss. Pure, sweet, Type-A organizer bliss!
Well done Rubbermaid. Well done!
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