Des Moines Parent 10 Week Home Organization Challenge – Week 2 – Snack Drawer

Des Moines Parent 10 Week Home Organization Challenge – Week 2 – Snack Drawer




Being organized as a parent can help lead to a stress free life, save time, help create new space and teach your children how to be organized.  Do you need some help in this area?  Join us in our 10 week Home Organization Challenge.  Each week for 10 weeks we will provide one solution that you can do along with us to help declutter, organize and reclaim your home.  Follow the challenge here and on Pinterest.

Week 2 – Snack Drawer

This week we are organizing the kids snack areas.  Prior to the challenge we had all of the snacks shoved in the pantry in their original bags and boxes.  It was pretty jammed packed and finding a snack was like trying to find a lost treasure.  Many times snacks would get forgotten about and never found until after they expired.  The other problem was there were others items in the pantry we didn’t want the kids eating for snacks.  So creating a “Snack Drawer” and Snack area in the refrigerator help solve these issues.  Plus this is an easy project.  Cheap and won’t take very long.  Here’s what you will need:

1. Small Clear Containers (See Picture below). Purchased these at the Dollar Tree.  You get 12 BPA, clear containers for a $1.00.

Small Containers
BPA Free Small Containers purchased at the Dollar Store. You get 10 containers for a buck! These will be used to help organize those snacks.

2. A empty kitchen drawer.  Choose one that is lower to the floor so it’s easier for little hands to get into.

3. An empty shelf in the refrigerator.  Just like the kitchen drawer you want to choose one that is low to the ground.

4. Snacks

5. Hungry Kids

So that’s it.  That’s all you need.  Now fill up the small containers with small portions of different snack options.  This can be crackers, pretzels, cereal or whatever your kids like to munch on.  Place the filled containers into the kitchen drawer so that the clear side is facing up so the kids can see what they get to choose from.  Throw in some granola bars or other individual packaged snacks you may have.  DONE.

Snack Drawer
Organized Snack Drawer using small containers create a neat, easy to view look. Choose a drawer that is low enough for the kids to get into. This one includes an array of goodies like goldfish, pretzels, O’s, Elmo Cheese crackers, Puffs and granola bars.

Next we move on to the refrigerator.  Cut up fruit and place into your containers.  Some easy ones to use are strawberries, kiwi, oranges and grapes.  Line these up in the refrigerator shelve clear side up so kids can view the contents.  We also put our fruit and yogurt pouches in this area of the fridge for the kids too.  Other ideas to include in this area are cheese sticks, apples and fruit cups.

Fridge Snack Drawer
Organized Bottom Drawers of the Fridge. Easy to reach for the kids. Included are Fruit & Yogurt Pouches, strawberries, apple, grapes and cheese sticks.

Mission Complete.  The kids snack areas are organized.  What’s the next area to organize? Tune in next week.


Thomas Brogan

Thomas Brogan, a native of Des Moines, was the original founder of Des Moines Parent and is a father to an 8 & 10-year-old. In his free time, he likes to explore nature, try new local restaurants and enjoy life as best as he can. Check out more of Thomas at www.broganlist.com.

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