Tackle it Tuesday#148 — Convenient, organized snack drawer with Deb

by JenaW

Hi! I’m Deb, and I blog over at Mom of 3 Girls. I love Tackle It Tuesday, because it always makes me actually get to those projects or jobs that I would tend to put off.  There’s just such a good feeling when you finally tackle something – whether a big project, or just those little tasks that never seem ‘big enough’ to get to otherwise.  :)

One of those ‘little’ tasks is one that I finally got to recently. Last year, I put together a snack drawer in our kitchen, where we usually keep individual-sized portions of snacks that our girls can just grab whenever they need to – for school, on-the-go, or whenever.

To save money, I try to buy full-sized packages of crackers, raisins or nuts and then portion them out either into re-usable snack containers or snack-sized baggies. I try to keep a good variety both of snacks and packaging options to meet whatever circumstances we’re needing snacks for.

Lately though, I’d gotten lazy about keeping up with the snack drawer; and as a result, our boxes of snacks were either put up on shelves where the girls couldn’t reach them, or crammed into the snack drawer where they were making a mess and going stale before they could be eaten. 

What a waste…

So after a large grocery shopping trip, I finally decided that it was time to tackle the snack drawer and put it back together the way it was supposed to be.

Here’s how empty the drawer was once I cleared out the old boxes, crumbs and assorted junk. Not much left, and several empty snack containers just waiting to be filled…


And these are the ‘reinforcements’ all ready to be portioned out to refill the drawer, along with a few others I splurged on that were already individual sizes.


So after filling the re-usable containers and putting what was left in the baggies, we finally have plenty of snacks all set to go – that the girls can simply grab themselves, and that won’t get stale before they can be eaten.


This is definitely one tackle that I won’t let slide like that again!  :)

The organizing mommy says: I’m impressed! What organization! What class! What yummy food! I’m celebrating her new blog design this week. For my tackle, I show you how I came up with a new design and hired a designer. Come and see it; it’s so cool. I’m also starting a weekly meme called “Blitz-it Friday”. It’s going to be VERY easy to participate in! Come and see!

As resident tackler, Jena hosts Tackle It Tuesday each week, once a month posting her own personal tackles and the other weeks of the month posting your GUEST tackles.

So make sure you submit your guest tackles to be featured here at 5M4M. You can write Jena at tackleittuesday at gmail dot com. Remember, we are here to promote your site!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Happy tackling ladies…

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1 Upstatemomof3 March 16, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Oh I love that idea. We do not have a snack drawer but now I totally think we need one. :)


2 Lisa March 16, 2009 at 11:58 pm

What a yummy tackle! Now I’m hungry. :)

This week we tackled a makeover, with a twist.


3 Liz March 17, 2009 at 12:08 am

Great tackle!! I really need to do this for my boys and all the little snacks we have lying around. It would be nice if my big guy could just open the drawer and grab himself a snack.

This week I tackled a new sewing project – come say hello to Olivia Owl!!


4 Maddy March 17, 2009 at 12:14 am

You and me both dearie. I’m great at set-up and starting a new campaign i.e. catering cartons of stuff decanted into individual servings for snacks, and then…….give it a few weeks and I seem to have lost the treat again.

Thanks for the timely reminder.


5 PhoenixTheBloggingMama March 17, 2009 at 1:11 am

Oh my gosh what an awesome tackle and idea!! :)


6 Lisa March 17, 2009 at 1:27 am

Yum. Snacks! :P Great tackle!


7 Heidi March 17, 2009 at 3:47 am

Deb, Great tackle! Actually…it looked like lots of fun to me! ;) Maybe it’s because I probably would snack a little myself along the way…


8 LeNesha March 17, 2009 at 6:06 am

Nice tackle. You have totally inspired me to jump back on the bandwagon with the grab-n-go snacks. My specialty used to be cutting up fruit and putting in small snack bowls making it easier and encourage my family to eat more fruit. I also did snack bags of raisins, nuts and cranberries. I found that as my schedule became busier, I slacked on the snacks. Thanks for the reminder :-)

My tackle this week is to create business cards for my blog.



9 Lolli March 17, 2009 at 7:28 am

That is an awesome idea!! I love it!
PS–I’ve got another giveaway with my tackle this week! Click my name to see!


10 angie March 17, 2009 at 7:43 am

Great Idea and I know it works because grew up with one and have one now


11 The Happy Housewife March 17, 2009 at 8:16 am

Great job on the tackle. We have a snack basket, but it isn’t so organized! I need to portion everything out like you did!


12 Carrie March 17, 2009 at 8:47 am

What a grand idea! I think I’m totally stealing it!


13 susieshomemade March 17, 2009 at 8:47 am

Great tackle!!


14 kris March 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I am LOVING this idea! thanks!


15 donetta March 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm

I love the portion idea.


16 Colleen - Mommy Always Wins March 17, 2009 at 2:20 pm

What a great idea! My boys are ALWAYS trying to climb up to get snacks – its great that if you keep up with it, they can help themselves!


17 Sarah March 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm

That’s a great idea. I always buy the individually packaged snacks to throw in the diaper bag. I am going to do this.



18 L2L March 17, 2009 at 5:03 pm

I am so waiting till my littles is old enough to do this with. Right now she will just go an get a snack and eat half of it, or pull all the snacks out to eat just what she wants. Great job on your not so little tackle, lol!!!


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