Do you ever have those days where you wish you could get your life together. Like, you know, be super organised. One of those Mums who had the right thing for every occasion. The one that all your friends turn to when they need a bandaid or panadol on the run.
Before kids, I was that girl. I was perpetually organised. Throw in two boys who don’t sleep all that much and my life was turned on it’s head. Some days, I’m lucky if I remember to put both of them in the car. Jokes. I’ve never actually forgotten them.
But in all seriousness, I’m always looking for ways to get back to that pre kids girl in terms of organisation levels. Problem is, I don’t have hours and hours to get things sorted.
But, I have come up with a few sure fire ways to make sure you’re not caught stranded when you really need something. It takes a few minutes once in a while to replenish anything you use.
My boot is definitely multi purpose. On any given day it could be a mobile baby change station, a shopping trolley, courier – you get my drift. Most of the time, I have a pretty well stocked nappy bag. But there are times that I’ve forgotten it, or worse, forgotten to check what’s in it. For these times, I always have a stash of 2-3 nappies, a pack of wipes and a baby blanket stashed under my boot mat in the spare wheel.
It’s hidden out of sight so never gets moved, but let me tell you, it’s saved me a few times. Because you know that when you’ve run out of nappies, they’ll have that poonami. Or when you’ve taken all the winter things out of the nappy bag, you’ll need that blanket. Trust me, it’s simple, but it’s a lifesaver!
Now my eldest is a out of nappies, I’ve added a few pairs of jocks to the secret stash too!
The Emergency Kit
I’ve always wanted a little bag full of emergency goodies that I could stash at the bottom of my bag “just in case”. Not so much a first aid kit – although they’re handy too. But a kit with a nail file, hand sanitiser, band aids – you know what I mean. I just never had the time to get it all together.
Well Mummas, I found it. And you don’t have to do anything! Wild Kits Australia have created an Emergency Kit especially for Mums – it’s compact and comes with everything you could ever need out in the world with kids.
I was lucky enough to be gifted a Wild Kit’s Parent’s Survival Kit to road test and let me tell you, it is permanently attached to my nappy bag. I’ve even personalised it a little. It’s already saved me several times! The first time I took it out, my little one was stung by a bull ant at Des Ugle Park – cue Wild Kit and it’s trusty antiseptic cream!
Here are a few photos of what’s in my Wild Kit.
I’ve added a strip of panadol, some Peppa Pig bandaids (seriously those sticky strips fix anything), some little essential oil samples and a couple of emergency lollies.
Lego on the Run
Something else I always make sure I have with me is a bag of lego. My boys still like the bigger blocks, which while a bit bulky, are much easier to keep a track of. I have about 40 blocks in a zippered bag in the car. It has saved my sanity more times than I can remember.
You just never know where you’ll be that you need a distraction other than the ABC Kids app on your phone. It could even mean you get an extra 10 minutes to chat over a coffee or you get to finish your meeting with the builder. You could swap out the toy/activity for whatever your kids are into.
Some other ideas that would work in a small zippered bag:
- Match box cars or trains (especially the mini ones!)
- A few pages of stickers and a book (pencils if you can trust them not to draw on things they shouldn’t which totally counts my kids out)
- A plastic tea set (you can grab them at most discount stores) – my boys love this one, especially if we head out for a coffee, some cafes will even pop a little froth in their cups!
What’s your organisational style?
I’d love to know – what’s your organisational style? Are you like me and kinda wing it most days? Or are you more of the double check everything, twice, to make sure you have the back up nappies, 3 packs of wipes and the Peppa Pig bandaids? Come and join the conversation in our private Facebook Group.
Kate is the founder of South West Mums. She’s a FIFO wife and a mum to two boys, Haze (4) and Texen (1). Fuelled by coffee and the occasional wine, Kate loves to write, be creative and make the most out of every day. You can usually find her writing in the kitchen, close to the coffee, with her boys playing lego. You can contact Kate here.