Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Getting Organized because IT'S TIME

One of the things in my life that makes me stress is being disorganized.  When I can't find something, or when I know I should have something but don't, I start to fall apart.  Or even when we are at the park and I need something as simple as a bandaid and can't provide it, yet another mom can, I will even start to feel inadequate.  I know I shouldn't, but I do.

This is why I carry a bigger purse now, so that I can keep these little things handy.  Keeping them organized is important and I'd like to share my solution!  And not only is it a completely simplistic solution, it's cheap!

You know those little plastic soap boxes you get when you travel?  Well they are perfect for all the little things you need to carry with you.  And they take up hardly any space in your purse. Amazon has some, but the shipping is ridiculous, you can pick them up at Target or the Dollar Store, for just that, a dollar. I actually bought about 5 when I got them, because I use them for so many other things.

Inside just one, I am able to fit:

All of these things can obviously be purchased in the travel section at Target or Walmart, I just linked them so you can see the examples online.  You can also add things that you think you might need that I don't use.  

I also keep a little bag in my car.  You know all those cosmetic bags you get with free samples in the mail?  Well I keep them.  Of course right?  Well I use them to keep little emergency packs in my car. This particular one, I have

  • Wet Ones
  • neosporin
  • tylenol
  • tissues
  • quarters (I got the quarter case from The Container Store but I can't find it on their site)

And last but not least I keep another soap dish holder in my purse with colored pencils, if you have been following me since the beginning, you might remember when I posted about it before.  Not shown is the pages of coloring books that I tear out and fold up to keep in here too.  This way, no matter where we are, the kids have something to do.  I do need to keep a pencil sharpener in here though because when they go dull, as of right now, I can't fix that.  But crayons also fit so that is a plus.

The possibilities are endless with what you can put in these things.  And the fact that they are built for traveling, they hold up really well, and, they stay closed.  I have been using these for about 3 years now and haven't had any problems with them. They are also cheap enough to make a few of them so that you can keep them in all your bags and car!

And the best part is, when we are at the park, I have the bandaids.  When Matt needs a toothpick, I'm prepared for him.  When we are stuck in the doctor's office or at the bus stop waiting to get Matt, I have coloring activities.  I get to be the hero and when I feel like the hero, I instantly feel great about myself.  

What are some things you will put in yours and how will you get to play the hero?  


  1. I love this! I keep one in my car with makeup in it so that I can fix myself up while my hubby is driving when we are running late. I need a first aid one too! When I was young single and in college I used to keep an adventure box in the trunk of my car. It had a swimsuit, towel, sweatshirt, water bottles, sleeping bag and spare clothes so that no matter where I was I was always ready for an adventure. After I had kids it turned into snacks, water, diapers, wipes and blankies!

  2. I will keep soap in my soap box....

  3. I have at least half a dozen soap boxes stashed all over the place - office, home, purse, car. I bought them and used them to make up eyeglass cleaning kits (spray and wipes). The hard box keeps the spray from getting all over the place. And with an entire family of eyeglass wearers, I am always hearing "my glasses are dirty".


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