Yes! A column! Following in the footsteps of brilliant blogging friends like Kathryn, Beth, Faith, and GiBee, I'm starting a new regular weekly feature called "Works-For-Me Wednesday". Here's the scoop:
You know how it is--we all have come up with dozens of little shortcuts or ideas around our homes to make managing our lives easier. Maybe you came up with such an idea yourself in a moment of desperation, or you learned it from your mom or another friend...it doesn't matter how it came about. What matters it that your life runs the tiniest bit more smoothly because of your clever idea.
I'm not a brilliant homemaker or cook, but when it comes to finding shortcuts--THIS I can do (which probably doesn't speak much of my character, but that's another blog post....). Each Wednesday I plan to publish one of my own little make-life-easier ideas. They may not be spectacular (they may not even be original--I've learned so much from friends!) But they "work for me"--hence the title!
Now, here's where I hope you'll consider playing along. I would LOVE to see some of my fellow Moms Of The Blog World join in and do your own "Works-For-Me Wednesday". If you let me know you're participating, I'll link to you. Think how much we could all learn from each other if we share our own little ideas!. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE EARTH-SHATTERING. Just simple, affordable and designed to make the tiniest difference in your day.
Moving right along....
For this week (and I'm sorry this is turning in such a marathon-length post) here's a little idea that has made packing easier when traveling with kids. I buy those two-gallon Ziploc bags (they are MASSIVE) and label one for each day we are traveling. Inside each bag is every kid's clothing for THAT DAY, all the way down to underwear and socks. So, no more rummaging around in a crammed suitcase or having boy #1 use up all of boy #2's underwear. I simply pull out that day's bag, dump it on the bed, and they can dress themselves. An added bonus is that it keeps the clean clothes away from the dirty ones. Here's a photo of the idea in action, from our recent Disney trip:
Such a simple little thing, really, but it made the biggest difference in our trip!
Remember, if you have an idea to share, write your own "Works-For-Me Wednesday", and let me know--I'll link to you!
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