When we had one baby, I thought I was organized. When Bella arrived I lost a little bit of my organization, and now that we have four little ones there are days when I feel like I’ve lost my mind completely. Between homeschool, our CC Campus, groceries, the library and field trips it used to take me more time to get the kids ready and out of the house than it did for me to run the actual errand. Have you had this issue?!
I’ve come up with a simple way to make sure that I can be out of the house with four kids in under 10 minutes. It’s all about organization!
We don’t have an entry way with cubbies, or a cute table to hold keys and bags, or wall space to hang shelves. What we do have is a small closet that has to hold everything from coats and hats to diaper bags and back packs. It took me a few years, but I finally figured out how to organize the closet so everything fits – and I made it pretty too!
How to get you out the door on time without losing your mind:
Start by planning the night before. Get everything you’ll need: your purse, wallet, keys, diaper bag, book bag, back pack (you get the idea) and put them BY THE DOOR.
Keep your diaper bag stocked. You don’t need to bring the kitchen sink, just the basics. I pack 3 diapers for Baby I, 2 diapers for Sam; an outfit each, extra underwear for the girls, wipes, a bib/burp cloth and (of course) snacks. I also have a small baggie filled with hand sanitizer, wet wipes, band aids and poop bags. Every time I come home I restock the bag so I’m always ready to go.
Heading to the library? Put the books in a bag (or two bags if you are like me) by the door. The best way to keep track of books to make sure you don’t miss any? Hang the check out receipt on a clipboard and check them off when you put them in the bag.
Have a place to hang your keys, and then make sure you actually hang them up! After I’ve lost my keys a *few* times I’ve finally figured this out, much to my husband’s relief.
Empty your kids’ backpacks when they come home so you don’t have any surprises – like permission slips, class projects or a lunch box that needs to be emptied. Once the backpacks are emptied and ready for the next day, hang them near the door so they are ready to go.
Low shelving helps to corral shoes and hats so kids can take the responsibility to put them away -and low hooks makes it easy for them to grab their coats on the way out.
Obviously you won’t need everything in the closet every time you have to run out the door. By planning ahead you’ll be able to grab what you need and just go! You might even have time to run through the drive through for a sweet tea (or coffee, if you are so inclined.)
What are your grab and go tips?