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Every parent that I know is super busy and often feels pulled in many directions. Between my day job, running this web site, my Facebook deals group (click here to join), and my Instagram account, managing my home, and carving out quality time for my husband and son, I rarely have a spare moment. Here are some easy tips that I use to stay organized, avoid frustration, and feel somewhat put together. These tips save me at least a couple of minutes every day, and help me avoid acting like a frantic loon.
Prepare snacks in advance
At the beginning of each week I fill three snack containers with three different snacks. This way, I never need to prepare a snack when I'm halfway out the door and don't resort to buying my son an unhealthy snack out of desperation.
Since discovering the Ubbi Tweat six months ago, it is the only snack container that we use. It's clear so I know when we are running low, snaps closed so snacks don't go stale or spill in my bag, has an internal soft lid with flaps so my son can help himself without making a mess, and is dishwasher safe. It also comes in a nice array of vibrant colors. I own four out of the five colors pictured below.
Compartmentalize your diaper bag
If you have a good system for organizing your diaper bag you can quickly check that you have everything as you are walking out the door, and find everything easily when you are out.
You're probably thinking "easier said than done." But Mother Load bags make it really easy. They come as a set of five separate bags -- for diapering (with matching changing pad), snacks, toys, clean clothes, and dirty clothes -- that allow you to easily compartmentalize your bag based on use. The bags are color coded and each one has a detachable wristlet. The bags are really lightweight and flexible, machine washable, eco-friendly, travel-friendly, and easy to pack. You can use them to organize your diaper bag, or throw them in your stroller pocket or basket, or into your purse. All but the dirty clothes one have a see-thru stretch mesh back.
The brand was started by a mom out of necessity, so in addition to getting a great product you will be supporting a small, woman-owned business..
Create a user-friendly play space
I find these clear hinged (aka "flip top") plastic bins to be really effective at organizing my son's play space. Clear bins mean we can easily find the toys we are looking for and flip tops mean we don't waste time looking for misplaced covers. These bins save me a couple of minutes every day and they are inexpensive. One large bin can fit a whole lot of Magnatile style blocks or Tegu blocks, or an entire set of Uncle Goose classic blocks.
I bought a six pack of the large ones and a 12 pack of the small ones to organize my son's toys. I end up using them for other functions too (storing pens, office supplies, crafting supplies, etc.), and will probably buy more soon.
I generally keep the bins out, but they would work well to store toys in a closet or cabinet too.
I have other tips on my sleeve and am happy to share them. Comment to let me know what you think of this post and if you interested in more tips. Also feel free to share your ideas for staying sane and organized with a baby or toddler for a chance to be featured in my next post.
This post was sponsored by Ubbi and Mother Load, all opinions are my own.