When having little ones to care for, you need all the extra time you can get. And learning how to survive that can change your life. At least that’s what happened to Julie Morgenstern, the well known Professional Organiser in America and author of the book ‘Organizing from the Inside Out’. In the introduction, she writes how she had been a disorganised person all her life. Her first child changed all that: She realized that always having everything ready to go in her nappy bag, life was so much easier.
This shows a very important point in the journey to getting on top of things: Start little!!! Don’t try to do the whole house in one weekend. Remember, if it took you 10 years to arrive where you are now, it may take you a while to get out of it. Don’t be overwhelmed about how long it will take, rather remember, that finding the right system for you and your family takes time but will last you a lifetime.
With the very young around, it becomes a fairly important part of your life and always having it ready to go makes getting out of the house just much easier. So what should be in there? There’s nothing wrong or right. I have a girlfriend who had just a compartment in her handbag for this. Others buy the full size nappy backpack and are happy with it. As a rule of thumb, I would say “less is more” the less you put in the less you have to refill and keep up to date. In addition, less makes it lighter to carry. As your baby’s needs change, or you have two in nappies or a toddler and a baby, you should change the contents and probably the bag itself.
This demonstrates another rule of organsing: know what you want to store and measure before you buy. You should take all the things you find necessary in a nappy bag with you when going out to buy one and not buy something that looks nice but then turns out to be too big or too small.
Fortunately, I am out of carrying a nappy bag, after almost nine years, but still had a little zip plastic bag in my handbag: a pair of stretchy shorts, the sort who will fit a very tall nine year old, a six year old and a four year old. (Not to forget all their friends who happen to have an accident because the toilets in the park are locked!!) A pair of undies and one of those little packs of baby wipes.