One topic every single day in October. Fun stuff. This year’s series is Simple Systems: 31 Small Ways to Reduce Decision Fatigue.
Setting up simple systems will make life run more smoothly. It might even help things get done and put in their homes. That’s the goal anyway.
Simple Home System: Keeping bags packed and ready to go
Keeping separate bags already packed for regular activities will make it easier to start.
Often starting is the hardest part of any activity. If it’s a craft project, there’s the getting-out of the materials, the remembering where you were and what you were doing, and just orienting yourself to the project again. Sometimes “starting” means getting out the door, and that’s insanely difficult sometimes – and sometimes it isn’t. You never know when someone will not be able to find their shoes or when there will be a last-minute diaper blowout – in the carseat.
So if there are any ways that we can make starting a hobby or getting out the door smoother, we should take them.
Here’s one simple way:
Dedicate a bag for the particular activity you’re trying to streamline, whether it’s crafting or getting to church or heading off to an activity. Keep it packed and ready to grab and go.
Then just store them on your launchpad shelf.
Example 1: My church bag
I have one purple tote which is our church bag. In it I keep notebooks and pencils for the kids to have during service, and Sunday morning I can quickly stick my Bible and notebook in with my water bottle. It also has an extra diaper for the baby and a portable pack of kleenex.
Example 2: My craft bag
I keep a heavy-duty canvas tote as a craft materials bag. Whatever is my current work-in-progress stays in there along with my organizer of crochet hooks and scissors. So if I have a chance to go somewhere or sit during a family read-aloud time, I can grab it and I know I have what I need.
Example 3: My reading bag
I like to keep the books I’m currently reading in a bag, too, along with post-its and a pencil and flags to use as bookmarks.
Example 4: A picnic bag
A friend of mine inspired this one: dedicate one bag to picnic lunches if you take the kids out to the park often (we usually do once a week when the weather is nice). For us, this bag holds a bag with plastic forks & spoons, a roll of paper towels, 5 plastic Gladware containers to use to pack kids’ lunches, the kids’ water bottles, a spare pack of wet wipes, and a bottle of hand sanitizer.
Any situation that requires supplies leaving the house with you regularly can be simply stored directly in a bag and be ready to grab and go, reducing the amount of time it takes to leave the house.