Packing Organization: Part Two

Packing Organization: Part One

Having a master packing list is the key to packing organization.

Think about the time that’s wasted coming up with a packing list each and every time you travel. You always bring your toothbrush, toothpaste, undergarments and other necessities. Instead of writing those things out on a list for each trip, have a master list that you can refer to for the basics and then customize it for special trips.

Our master packing list*:

Rachel:

-Outfits

-Extra top

-Undergarments {panties, undershirts, bras, socks,nursing pads}

-Pajamas

-Shoes

-Deodorant

-Toothbrush/toothpaste

-Contact solution/case/glasses

-Shampoo

-Brush

Paxton:

-Outfits

-Pajamas

-Socks

-Shoes

-Teddy/Baby Doll/Blanket

Weston:

-Outfits

-Pajamas

-Socks

-Burp Cloths

Diapers:

-Pocket Diapers

-Wet Bags {large & medium}

-Detergent

-Wipes

Other:

-Snacks

-Chargers {cell phone, computer}

-Computer

When it comes time to pack, just pull out your list and add quantities specific to your trip. And the “other ” category can be used to customize for different types of trips such as to the beach where you’d add swimming suits and towels or a ski trip where you’d add coats, gloves, hats and scarves.

Here’s an example from our trip this past weekend:

Paxton:

-Outfits (4) {2 for the days we’re gone and 2 for accidents since he is 22 months!}

-Pajamas (1 pair)

-Socks (3)

-Shoes (boots) {He’s wearing his tennis shoes on the drive up}

-Teddy/Baby Doll/Blanket

Where to store your  master packing list:

  • Typed on your computer. Print a copy off and check off the items as you pack.
  • Written out on your planner. Just go straight down the list to make sure you have everything.
  • A laminated copy. Keep it on the fridge or your home management binder. When it’s time to pack, grab the list and a dry erase marker and check off as you pack.
  • As a note on your smartphone/tablet. Just pull out your phone and pack!

Do you have a master packing list? Do you think a master packing list will simplify packing for trips?

*I excluded my husband since his is similar to mine but he is included on my actual list!

Packing Organization: Part One

Packing for trips has become hard since becoming a parent. I tend to put packing off until the last minute. The procrastination just leads to stress, unpleasantness and a bad attitude about our trip.

With an hour or two before our planned departure, I’m scratching out lists to try to avoid forgetting something, throwing stuff in suitcases and overpacking. We finally get everything together and into the car past the time  we had planned. My husband and I are both feeling the stress by this point and inevitably, about 30 minutes into our drive we realize we forgot something.

Two weeks ago, we were preparing to spend the weekend at my parents’ home. Our first trip with Weston, packing for four and traveling with cloth diapers for two babies. I was not looking forward to our trip at all.

Instead of following my typical packing procedure, I began writing out my packing list days before the trip. The result of planning was a detailed list! The day before our departure, I completed about 90% of our packing, only leaving the necessities like toothbrushes, Paxton’s blanket and wipes unpacked.

The next day, after our morning routine, I finished packing and we were ready to go, stress free! The most amazing thing, we had packed less for two children {including their cloth diapers} than with one!

I realized packing organization was the key to stress free departures.

Since we were planning to visit my husband’s family the following weekend, I decided to keep my packing list since we would need the exact same things the following weekend.

When it came time to pack for that trip, I pulled out my packing list, grabbed our suitcase and begin checking items off of the list. Again, we departed happily, looking forward to our trip with no stress or tension between us.

Having a master packing list is so simple yet so helpful. You typically pack the exact same things so why write out a list over and over? Instead, have a master packing list you can refer to.

The next time you’re preparing to go on a trip, write out your list a few days early to make sure it’s all inclusive. Then after you use it to pack, keep it to make the process easier for your next trip.

To be continued…

Are you an organized packer? Or do you tend to procrastinate? 

One Box of Clutter

While organizing the nursery closet before Weston’s birth, I emptied out a small diaper box and decided to challenge myself to fill it up with clutter throughout the day!

While putting away clean dishes, I took a few extra minutes and went through the cabinets and drawers finding cookie cutters, baby spoons {we don’t need 10}, skewers and a creamer that’s never been used.

There were a few toys that Paxton never plays with that were added in and a shirt he doesn’t wear from the boys’ room.

I quickly went through my closet and dresser and I found a sweater, 2 shirts and a skirt that I don’t love and haven’t worn often.

And there were other odds and ends found throughout the house like a water bottle, a lanyard and some yarn.

I really didn’t put much time or effort into ‘de-cluttering’ but another box of stuff is leaving our home!

Living clutter free involves small steps. Start with one box, it won’t take much effort to fill up but you’ll feel great once you see that stuff leave your home!

A Smaller Closet

This is our closet. We have a small closet, at least compared to the closets we’ve had in our other homes!

By most people standards, it’s way too small! We weren’t concerned about it when we moved in since we don’t have many clothes!

What’s hanging up is all of our clothes! We also have our winter coats hanging up on the ends. The only clothes that are in ‘storage’ are my non-maternity pants and winter shirts {which you can see stored on the top shelf!}

We did have a walk-in closet in the last house we owned! It was huge, at least by our standards! This is just a glimpse of the back and all of our coats! {We had too many coats!} The two sides were filled with clothes. We’ve definitely minimized our wardrobes since moving from this house!

Part of the functionality of this small closet is all the shelves! John David added this high shelf a few weeks ago so I’d have a place to store my non-maternity clothes!

If you have a small closet that is busting at the seams and unorganized, I challenge you to do a thorough de-cluttering of your clothing! If you haven’t worn something in the past year, let it go! Also, if it’s uncomfortable or you don’t feel confident in it, let it go! You’ll be much happier to have a closet that is less cluttered and only filled with clothes you love and that make you feel good!