Jen Charron: Control Freak


Pre-packed Bags To Get You Out The Door

Grab and Go With This Handy Trick

I have a different bag for every occasion. And I’m not talking about handbags that match each dress I own!

I’m talking about tote bags that are pre-packed for all that my family does. Bags that I keep on hand and are all ready to go at a moment’s notice. This saves time as we run out the door.

Here are some of our bags and their contents:

1. Daycare Bag
Change of clothes, wipes, extra pull-ups, snowpants, hat and mitts in the winter.

Last Friday, the Kid and Mr. Organized left our Daycare bag on an east boung GO train from Union Station. (If anyone has found a black bag with this stuff in it, let me know!) So we’ve had to recreate this bag for the Kid’s trips to nursery school and JK.

2. Swimming Bag

Towels, swimsuit, wipes, lotion, extra pull-ups, plastic bags.

After each swimming lesson, we wash the towels and swimsuits and then load it back up for the following week.

3. Restaurant Bag
Sticker books, crayons, colouring book, mini-Munsch books, wipes, a few Hot Wheels (trucks and ones with trailers that can tow sugar and jam packets).

Everything we need to keep the Kid occupied in a restaurant situation and enough to share if we are going out with friends or his cousins.

4. Snack Bag
Applesauce, granola bar, raisins, spelt ginger cookies, water bottle.

This is really a sub-bag that can be easily tossed into any of the other bags – or just grabbed on its own.

4. “To Return” Bag
Recently this bag has held some clothes that were borrowed from a friend, a bottle of cleanser that needs to go back to Canadian Tire, a pie plate that belongs to my Mother-in-Law, and batteries to be recycled the next time we go to Ikea.

We always have things that need to go back to someone or to some store. We keep them consolidated in a single bag that hangs by the door.

Why don’t you put together a new bag this week that will save you time on nights when you are running late for karate class or heading out for family fun?