by Susan Caplan McCarthy
May - Get Ready for Summer
As a teacher who did a lot of outreach, I got in the habit of creating ‘grab and go’ bins that contained everything I needed to teach a class to avoid scrambling to gather supplies each time I was ready to go out and teach a topic.
In some cases, this meant I needed duplicate supplies, but I found it much less stressful to know I was ready to go. Keeping things that you use at the same time on the same shelf or in a single bin helps keep you organized. I’ll give you a couple of examples of ways you can simplify your summer by creating your own grab and go bins.
Beach Tote to Go
If you go to the beach frequently throughout the summer, it makes sense to have a tote (a bag or bine) filled with essentials so that you’re ready to go. Although I’m a fan of limiting duplicate items around the house, if you go to the beach at least once a week during the summer, it may be a hassle to gather numerous items. If you are a single adult (or you and your spouse pack yourselves) you’ll have less stuff to pack than if you have kids. Consider what would make your life easier.
Grab and Go Summer Entertaining
If you host frequent cookouts during the summer, you can also make your home entertain-ready. Have bins or baskets filled with the supplies you use all the time.
Create Your Own Grab and Go Bins
A grab and go bin (tote, box) is useful for anything you do on a regular basis, including crafts and hobbies that have a portable quality. Regular could mean weekly for one person and quarterly for someone else. Go with what makes sense for you.
A grab-and-go bin can simplify any activity you do on a regular basis. Once you set up the bin, you’ll save time in the future. Also, keeping an assortment of items in a bin will look neater and less cluttered. However, avoid creating (or holding onto) bins for items you don’t use.
I help people focus on what's important to them by guiding them through clearing clutter and distractions from their lives. I teach decluttering and organizing skills through articles; books; courses; speaking engagements; as well as virtual coaching sessions.