Being organized is about making the process work for you efficiently, not about maintaining a neat and tidy row at all times. Here are some ways I’ve tried to make the processes work more conveniently so I can spend more mind-space on the children and less on the stuff.
Our Nature Walk Art Bag
Now, nature walks never happen as often as I plan or as I’d like. But, I still like the keep the nature walk art bag, ready to grab and go, on the top shelf of our coat closet, just in case.
It’s pretty simple, really. It has a small art book for each of the kids and a box of colored and regular pencils for each, as well, with a manual pencil sharpener. The pocket in the flap is where the pocket field guides, so we can pretend we know what we’re doing.
- Type of container: Old IKEA messenger bag
I like this set up because if we actually manage to arrange an outing and get everyone out the door,
then there is not that additional barrier or time-eater of gathering supplies. We grab the bag and we’ve got what we need.
There have even been times when I just let the bag live in the car. Then, I don’t even have to remember to grab it. I think for awhile I thought nature walks might happen spontaneously while we were out, but that never actually worked.
The simple secret is that the best kind of organizing is simply putting supplies in a container so you have them when you need them. It doesn’t have to be fancier or prettier than that.
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