Utilize an object-oriented diaper bag strategy

A post from Designing Moms crossed my path just as I was realizing that I need a zipper pouch in my purse to contain all the loose pieces I keep for emergency kid entertainment. Plastic spiders, packaged snack bars, and tiny cars are forever preventing me from locating my keys quickly when I dig my hand into my purse.

Guissell identifies the contents of her two tote bags with detailed notations. I would call these two the “with kids in tow” bag and the “without kids” bag.


Some items, like wallet, keys, sunglasses, and phone go into both bags. Things like wipes and board books stay in the “with kids in tow” bag. You get the idea.

Read the details of her system to fully appreciate how clever it is.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.