14 January 2009

How to remember to restock the diaper bag after you get home

Abigail! Abigail! Abigail! Thank you! I'm past the diaper bag phase, but oh how I wish I had thought of this way back when...

So, when you put a extra shirt or pair of pants into the diaper bag for those on-the-go changes, wrap them with a rubber band. First, it keeps your bag neat and it's easier to rummage around in there. Second, when you take the rubber band off to use the garment, put it on your wrist. That way, when you get home, you say to yourself, "what's this rubber band doing on my wrist?" You have a reminder to put new clean clothes into the bag!

Adapt this tip for any restocking chore! Think: the reusable bags you keep in your car, the last roll of toilet paper...other ideas?

Related: Best bag for toting diapers and laptops? Talk amongst yourselves.

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woo! that's a good one -- thanks Abigail!

Totally brilliant!

In that same vein, but not as neat, I used to keep an odd sock in the car (there's always one laying around somewhere) to tie to my steering wheel in the morning to remind me to run an errand or pick up something after work. Because there was no way I was just going to remember.

You're kidding right? This has got to be a joke.

Why on earth would it be a joke? I think it's completely inspired! I'm ALWAYS forgetting to restock things in the diaper bag, and this might actually help me remember!

I've always felt that what it took was for something to "be amiss". I've even found that the thing you mess with might not even be related but it'll still remind you. For example, if I need to make a stop on the way home from an errand, I might put my sunglasses on my lap or slide a notepad under my bum. When I get back in the car I have a "why the heck do I have my sunglasses here?" moment and then I remember the action I was needing to take. I'll also sometimes put the sun visor in the car over to my left while I drive so I'll notice it when I try to get out of the car. I'm a chronically forgetful person so I'm always needing tricks to remind myself of what to do. I think the rubber band would work great.

So in order to not forget one thing, I need to remember to do two things (wrap the rubber band around the clothes and then place it on my wrist). Does this make sense?

Goodness, if a hack doesn't work for you, folks, just don't use it! If it helps the poster, obviously it has the potential to be helpful to SOME people.

I keep some handmedown clothes I don't really like in the car. You know, that shirt that doesn't match anything, that outfit with a wee stain, etc. That way if I forget a change of clothes, or didn't bring on because we were supposed to be on a quick errand, there's always SOMETHING. We each keep a set of handmedown cloth diapers in our cars for the same reason.

Maybe you could write on the rubber band what it's for (if you use the thick ones).

I keep one of those travel changing mats in the back of the car. The kind with the mesh pockets in it. Works great for keeping a couple of extra diapers and a change of clothes. You just have to remember to make sure to keep the clothes current with the season and the baby's growing size (voice of experience here, uh-oh that onesie doesn't quite fit anymore...)

In the same vein, if I need to remember something and can't write it down, I put my wristwatch on the other arm or my phone case on the other side of my hip.

That way, everytime I look at my watch or go to grab my phone, I remember.

This is inspired! I wish I'd known about it 2 years ago...

For anyone who uses an electronic task list, there is a service you might find useful: Dial2Do. From http://www.dialtodo.com
"Dial2Do lets you do common tasks by just calling a number and speaking. Use it to send EMAIL or TEXT messages, record REMINDERS to help you remember things..." Since I have my phone with me always, when I need to remember to do something, I call Dial2Do, tell it what I need to do and it sends me an email with the information. Later, when I'm on email, I know it will get into my task list.

This is a great idea, especially because I have two kids to pack for but I use one bag. My MIL always mismatches what I match up for them too. I will pick them up and the younger one is wearing the older one's shirt.

OMg, Stephanie, my MIL does the EXACT same thing! Drives me NUTS! Especially when she put my 2 1/2 girl in my baby boy's pants; some kinda freaky capris?

I am so employing the rubber band idea for all things!

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