Tackle it Tuesday#149: Bagging it all up

by JenaW

This week our resident tackler, Jena Webber, is posting about another way to keep your activities more organized.
Jena, also known as the organizing mommy, blogs at Organized Everyday.

Any time I add a new activity to our already busy schedule, I’m somewhat afraid that I will totally forget a) what it is I said I would do? and b) what do I need to get there?

So, this week I’m tackling bagging up my life. It’s kind of like containerizing your life for the outside world. That’s right. Rather than recycling the same bag over and over, I am assigning a bag for each activity and not switching them around. Inside each bag, I put a list of what goes back in the bag each time. I also have a notebook in each bag to take notes about what I said I would do or who needs what for the next time I go. Here is an example of one of my bags.

On Tuesdays, I am an English teacher. (for homeschoolers) We only meet once a week, so I can easily forget what is going on.

So, here is my Tuesday bag.

Inside my Tuesday bag, I have the papers to be corrected as well as the papers to be returned to the students.

I also have plenty of spots for my teacher’s records and manuals. I also have to assign a calculator to the front pocket so I can average the grades.

Hey! That was fun!

What else can you bag up? I know I will still probably need a: Sunday/ Wednesday going to church bag, Gym bag, going to nursery bag, grocery store bag (filled with coupons, reusable bags, list) and as well as my regular purse. Now… to find a place to store all those organized bags…..

Would you like to post as a guest tackler? We are officially running low on guest tacklers!! Did I lose someone in the email shuffle? Send me another email if I have forgotten you.

As resident tackler, Jena hosts Tackle It Tuesday each week, once a month posting her own personal tackles and the other weeks of the month posting your GUEST tackles.

So make sure you submit your guest tackles to be featured here at 5M4M. You can write Jena at tackleittuesday at gmail dot com. Remember, we are here to promote your site!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.


Happy tackling ladies…



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1 Maddy March 24, 2009 at 12:05 am

I had one a big like that [although mine was neon green so I wouldn't lose it in a crowd .....actually people kept quite a distance from it!] With wheels and an extension I really had a handle on that baby.
Cheers

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2 donetta March 24, 2009 at 12:05 am

Teacher are awesome. I have great admiration for you.
It is a good thing if you are able to serve in your kids school at what ever level you enjoy.

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3 HeartOfAMommy March 24, 2009 at 12:09 am

What a cool idea! I know I am ALWAYS switching bags, for different occasions and errands. I’ll have to see what I can do with this idea. ♥

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4 FruitfulVine2 March 24, 2009 at 12:45 am

That’s a really cool idea!

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5 Colleen - Mommy Always Wins March 24, 2009 at 12:53 am

You know I sort of did the same thing with my kids’ swim lesson supplies (with the exceptions of the wet suits, anyway). Now I never forget the baby shampoo or Q-tips and I always have my flipflops for poolside!

Its a great tackle! This week I painted our porch – WITH MY FOUR YEAR OLD! ;-)

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6 PhoenixTheBloggingMama March 24, 2009 at 1:07 am

That is an awesome idea! :)

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7 L2L March 24, 2009 at 3:19 am

very nice, I could always use a reason to make more bags, lol!!!!!

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8 The Happy Housewife March 24, 2009 at 7:31 am

We do the same thing! I have bags for almost everything we do. Now I just need to get my hospital bag packed :).
Toni

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9 Rita March 24, 2009 at 8:48 am

This gives me some good ideas. Enjoyed the post.

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10 Damla March 24, 2009 at 9:25 am

Good idea! I quit using hand-bags a few months ago. I’m using one bag when I’m with my toddler, which includes his needs, and when I go to work I put my purse and other stuff inside my notebook bag. At other times, I just use my pockets. Now I think that, I can make another set of home keys for two bags.

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11 Kristi_runwatch March 24, 2009 at 9:37 am

I like it! I lead Bible studies and try to keep my things in separate bags – definitely helps!!

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12 Tanya March 24, 2009 at 10:24 am

I’ve always wanted to do that! I have fantasies of being so organized. :)

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13 Christy March 24, 2009 at 10:42 am

I have bags too…library…mail…shopping… I love bags!

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14 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls March 24, 2009 at 11:19 am

I’m still sorting out my ‘bag’ needs, since I’m finally diaper bag-free, after 7 years. :) Love the idea of having a separate bag for different activities!

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15 Denise March 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I sooo need to do that.

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16 Niffer March 24, 2009 at 9:41 pm

I do that too! I have a work bag (I’m a nurse)/ a lunch bag (12 hr night shifts with no where to go for food)/ a shopping bag (fits my coupon binder/ reusable bags/ etc). Great idea. Actually I took it one step further in my work bag and I have a small bag for work supplies/tools: stethascope/alcohol swabs/ pens, and one for personal items (that time of the month supplies/ toothbrush & paste/ gum/ eye drop) works pretty well.

My son (18mos) has a mini backpack that holds diapers/wipes/and an extra change of clothes) No more diaper bag and he loves to wear it too!

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17 BarbaraLee March 24, 2009 at 11:20 pm

I noticed that you have the Easy Grammar series. I have been using them also. But what do you use after E.G.Plus? My dd is done w/this book, she is 14, and is ready for something else.? Just getting ideas.

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18 Petula March 25, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Hmmm?? That’s an interesting idea and a great suggestion.

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