Marie Kondo is famous for her helpful organization hacks, and now—just in time for back to school—she’s sharing how to expertly pack a school (or work) lunch in the form of a bento box on her blog, All Things Konmari’d. While yours might never be as perfectly packaged as Marie’s, these bento boxes will definitely make your morning routine a little less hectic.
Bentos—a casual meal (often lunch) that are packed up in a compartmentalized box (bento box)—is a staple in Japanese culture and cuisine, and makes for the perfect to-go meal because it’s easy to transport. The best thing about a bento box is it can be as simple or complex as you’d like it to be; we’ve seen some super creative ones filled with cutesy animal-inspired bites, but you can also opt for a simpler, less time-consuming box that still looks and tastes great.
Marie Kondo prepares bento boxes for her two daughters every day, filling half the box with rice and then adding different proteins, fruits, and veggies. While some bento boxes come with built-in compartments, if yours doesn’t, Kondo suggests using cupcake wrappers to keep each ingredient separated and organized.
Check out Marie’s how-to video along with some of our favorite kid-friendly bento boxes and recipes below!
Teriyaki Chicken Meatball Bento Box
AOOSY Wooden Bento Box for Kids, $33.98 on Amazon
Japanese 100% natural hemlock wooden handmade bento box set.
Chicken and Hummus Plate Bento Box
We love this simple lunch which is both filling and nutritious. Chop up everything the night before to ensure an even easier lunch prep in the morning. Get the Chicken and Hummus Plate Bento Box recipe.
Reusable 3-Compartment Plastic Bento Lunch Box, Set of 7, $14.99 on Amazon
These cute, colorful bento boxes are also microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe.
Snack Style Bento Box
This snack-filled bento box is sure to make your kids smile! Include a dip, a crunchy element, some fruits and veggies, and top it off with a treat for a complete meal. Get the Snack Style Bento Box recipe.
Expanded Double Bento Box by Takenaka, $31.99 on Amazon
Available in a variety of pretty pastel colors!
Funky Monkey Bento Box
Monbento Original Bento Box, $29 on Amazon
Check out Marie Kondo’s blog, All Things Konmari’d, for more tips and tricks on how to spark joy, tidy up, and stay organized.