by Susan McCarthy
Everyday practice: Do you use the same group of items together all the time. Create a kit (a bin, tote bag, etc.) that keeps the items together so you save time and have what you need when you want it.
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.
Make a Beach Day Tote
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.
Create a Summer Entertaining Kit
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 Kits
A grab and go bin (tote bag, 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.
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The Organized Squirrel, Susan, shows you how acorns (small habits) can grow into oak trees (a better life).