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I have to toot my own horn a little bit: I’ve got this whole SAHM to two on lockdown. I rock at it.
Except for getting out of house. That’s still a challenge.
I’ve always been a bit absentminded; losing keys around my neck or glasses on my head… so with the diminished mental capacity of Mommy Brain (who knew that was a legit thing…. pre-child me thought it was just an excuse) and the need to now remember not only my things but the accessories that go with two kidlets… even with the coffee meter on “full,” I can find myself frazzled heading out the door.
Solution: make sure I have my own back covered if I forget stuff or have less than an hour to usher the monkeys out to the car. I’ve perfected my CARganization system so that as long as I have my keys and kids, everything else is already in the car.
Jill Blair, an Independent Director with Thirty One Gifts, hooked me up with this car organization kit and it’s seriously saved me a lot of grief in the month that I’ve had it all set up in Umi Car.
The visor organizer is where I keep my extra glasses (I can’t drive without them, and if I leave the house in my prescription sunglasses and then need to drive home once it’s dark, it’s… probably illegal).
I also have a pen and my lip balm. There’s something about sitting down in the car that makes me want to moisturizer my lips. There’s room in the organizer for plenty of other goodies.
The Hang Up Activity Organizer is for kid stuff. Extra fleece for Cub, since Calgary’s weather can change in be blink of an eye, extra blanket for Little Miss Cub, juice and some activities in case we get stuck somewhere and need a boredom buster. It will be super useful for road trips.
But the masterpiece of my CARganization is the Flip-Top Organization Bin. It sits next to Cub’s seat and is packed with everything you need to be ready for most eventualities that happen on outings with kids.
Items to keep in the car when you have young kids:
- Two diapers per kid;
- Cloth wipes and wipe solution in spray bottle (for hands, noses, faces and bums) or wet wipes;
- Wet bag or plastic bag for soiled items;
- Snacks and drinks;
- Full change of clothes per kid;
- Tissues or toilet paper;
- Boredom busters;
- Prefold diapers for many purposes, including wiping off wet swings or picnic benches. [Alternatively, a small hand towel.]
The box lid can also be flipped over to use as a tray, and the box attaches to the seat belt so it stays put.
Cub managed to pee through his diaper at Wendy’s last week. (He’s potty learning… sort of.) I was grateful to not have to sit him in his car seat soaked in pee: I was able to change him in the trunk (yay for hatchbacks!). When we went to Banff last weekend, I actually used the top of the box as a change table for Little Miss.
I have a tendency to overpack on outings, so knowing I’ve got spare everything in the car really makes my diaper bag lighter. And since Papa Wolf packs nothing when he leaves house with Cub, at least I know everything he needs is already there for him!
When we decide, last minute, to head to Library Story Time, I can just grab my purse knowing anything else I might need is already in the car. If we decide to stay out somewhere longer than usual, I have extra diapers for everyone, and snacks! And when any number of accidents occurs… there are clean clothes!
On the topic of things I forget when leaving the house: reusable shopping bags. But not anymore! Whether or not I was planning on stopping at the store, I’ve always got some bags. And since they hang off the back of the headrest, when I put the stroller in the trunk, I can still access the bags.
The Pack n Pull Caddy is actually designed for putting a tissue box on one side and feeding the tissues through the slot, and fits a garbage bag on the other side. Well, I’ve got our flannel wipes in the backseat for nose wipes, so I love using it for our shopping bags!
Seriously, having our car totally organized has helped me leave the house in a timely fashion when I’m not feeling particularly organized… one less thing on my mind so I can devote my neurons to finding the minuscule, transparent piece of Lego that is apparently Red Skull’s Cosmic Cube.
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What are your must-have items in your car to keep you organized?