Packing Made Easy

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I wish I could take credit for {this} idea.  It's another one of those WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT?! gems that I found on Pinterest.

This will be the 4th year that we have made the trek North to the Schneeweis Lodge.  You can read about the BLAST we had last summer {here}

Every year I get a little better about packing, and a little worse.  The first year we went, Liv was about eight months old and I feel like I packed the entire house, minus the actual crib to go up for the weekend.  Keep in mind, the cabin is about 60 minutes from our home and relatively close to civilization should we forget any necessities.  Never you mind, I was a new mom.  I try really hard to downsize the amount of crap we cart up there because I know my family has a tendency to SPRAWL where ever we go (but we really are nice people, I promise).  Sunglasses get left on this table, books on the floor over there, and here's a random zippy cup on the floor that nearly kills an innocent by-standard.

So, thanks to Pinterest, I have found a new way to be a better guest at the Lodge this year.  Or, what's more, a better, calmer mom so Liv and I don't argue about clothing and whether or not the beloved pink butterfly nightgown is for daytime wear or not.

I took the idea and embellished a bit, to make it a little more fun.  Liv is so excited that it's CABIN DAY, she could bounce out of her skin.  I want to keep that fun alive because this weekend (or rather, Wednesday-Friday this July) is one of our family's best all year.

Simply take giant food storage baggies and place your preselected clothing options.  Child can pick one a day, and everything will match and stay together.  No more digging and dumping the contents of your suitcase to get to that favorite pink butterfly nightgown.  I drew the pictures so she'll know what's for day, night and campfires (read: long pants, to prevent being eaten alive by bugs!)

And despite my best efforts, this pile of things for the kiddos, alone, looks like this.

However, to be fair, the entire family uses that swim bag and those towels.  But we will only be gone for 48 hours.
It's the effort, right!?


from Shabby Apple


Joy@Living On Trees said...

Very clever! I need that for myself and my daughter! Thanks for sharing!

Vanessa Miller said...

What a great idea! I like to keep everything neat and organized when I pack and this seems like a great way to keep it all organized.

momFITtingitallin said...

Super cute idea! a must try!

Melissa said...

What a great idea! I could have used that for our trip to Florida in May. I had to re-fold everyone's clothes almost every day because my boys like to dig for that favorite outfit/set of pj's as well. Have a great trip!

Meg said...

I had found that on pinterest too and packed that way for our night away last night, worked like a charm! Works even better for husbands than kids! ;). The request of hun go grab m's Jammie's doesn't turn into the hub digging thru the bag like a cat in the litter box. ;).

A Proverbs 31 Wife said...

That's awesome! I tend to go a bit insane when things are not organized!

The Mama @the Tinos said...

Terrific Idea! Planning on trying it out with my kids for our next trip

The Mama @the Tinos said...

Terrific idea, plan on using it with my kids on our next trip! Thanks for sharing

Theresa said...

I am always looking for ways to make traveling with the kiddos easier. We are going to try this next time we go away.

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