The ultimate back-to-school kitchen


Sometimes getting the family back into the school routine can be tougher than the routine itself. Seriously, it’s time to give yourself a break. The kids can help—they might even like it. Creating a station that’s just for their meals gives them responsibility and makes them more self-sufficient. Which means you’re off the hook (for now).

IKEA Ideas - The ultimate back-to-school kitchen

The breakfast zone

Turn a drawer (the deeper, the better) into a one-stop breakfast shop with everything the kids need to start their day right. Divide it up into little compartments for bowls, spoons, cereal, bread, and more with the help of baskets and organizers.

The lunch zone

If you’re working with a smaller space, why not try using a trolley? The shelf on top is for the stuff they both like. Then, they each get a shelf of their own for storing their personal lunchtime essentials. That way, they have all they need for packing lunch themselves (and while you’re at it, let ‘em have at it with the decorating).

The snack zone

When tired and hungry kids come home from school, it’s best to have as clear a path to the snacks as possible. That can be as simple as a few baskets hung from a rail. One for fruits, one for juice boxes and one with a mixed selection of favourite treats. Basically, all their favorite stuff in a row.