It is no secret I love the book, Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids; I absolutely inhaled it when I first read it and laughed as I learned new solutions to old pesky problems. Before we celebrated with a launch party playdate, I had already read the whole thing and implemented a bunch of weird hacks around my house. And I asked author Asha Dornfest what were her most valuable tools in a Mama-MacGyver-Parent Hacker’s Go Bag.
While Duct tape is incredibly useful, I was surprised to see it didn’t make her top ten list. She said, awesome as it is, it is not as multipurpose as other some of her favorite things.
Here are Asha’s Top 10 picks for parents to keep on-hand all the time (in no particular order):
- painter’s tape (get a 3-pack!)
- Glad Press ‘n Seal Wrap
- vinyl tablecloth (lots of colors)
- kitchen shears
- laundry basket (stackable)
- Post-it Notes (at least 3 in x 3 in)
- zip top bags (both quart and gallon size)
- baby wipes (keep the tub!)
- hanging shoe organizer
Honorable mentions: sillicone muffin cup, maxi pads, hair bands, pool noodles, mitten clips, and shelf liner. Read the book to see what she does with all those goodies!
[Images provided by Asha Dornfest, illustrations done by Craighton Berman]