Lesson and Activity Bags

by leanneja on April 20, 2010 · 11 comments

in General organizing,Organizing Tools

We’re Organized Wednesday will be held every other Wednesday for right now. By what a lot of you said, I didn’t know if I would get enough participation for every week. The next party will be held on April 28th. I would love for you to share what you’ve been organizing over the last couple of weeks. You can link up as many organizing projects or ideas as you like. There will be another great giveaway too. I hope to see you all here next week. And don’t forget to visit me the rest of this week. I promise to have some fun projects to share.

Do you have kids in sports, dance or other lessons? We do and at times it could become overwhelming keeping all their books, gear, shoes and snacks together and ready for each activity. That’s why we have bags packed and ready for every activity our kids enjoy. It ‘s so much faster and efficient to have a separate bag packed and ready for each activity. It doesn’t have to be glamorous, just the right size to handle the activity. Here’s some of the bags we have packed and ready to go.

Ammon’s Soccer Bag-water bottle, shinguards, cleats, beanie and fruit snacks. He even shoves his ball in here too.

Zach’s Baseball Bag- bat, ball, cleats, glove, helmet, water bottle, baseball cap, practice ball and chewy bars.

Emilee’s Piano Bag- sheet music, practice record sheet, pencil, notepad.

Emilee’s Scottish Dance Bag- water bottle, knee high socks, dance shoes, shorts, skirt, hair elastic, fruit snacks. 

Emilee’s Competition Dance Bag- hair elastics, hair spray, comb, hair net, bobby pins, extra socks, dance shoes, hand sanitizer, wipes, water bottle, fruit snacks, safety pins, chewy bars, cash, competition card. 

Amanda’s Dance Bag- water bottle, dance shoes, shorts, tank top, cell phone. 

And you probably remember this bag from last week. It’s my Return Bag. Everything that needs to be returned to someone, the library or the post office, goes in this bag and is then delivered on my next trip out.

Amanda doesn’t use a bag for her guitar lessons. She puts everything she needs in her guitar case.

Here’s how we work our bags:

We take our bag to the activity it’s needed for.

Use the things in the bag.

Bring the bag home and refill anything that was used up.

Return needed items to the bag.

Hang the bag where it belongs and now it’s ready to be used again next activity time.

I like having a bag for each activity, because then nothing needs to be switched out for the next activity. It’s much easier for the kids too. They just have to grab the bag and get in the van. No last minute looking for dance shoes or cleats and being late to lessons. 

I’m linking to:

Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family

Penny Pinching Party at The Thrifty Home

Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts

Show and Share Day at Just A Girl

Strut Your Stuff at Somewhat Simple

Home and Family Friday at Home Is Where My Story Begins

Creative Cats at Poppies at Play

Toot Your Horn Tuesday at A Silly Little Sparrow

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Alea April 21, 2010 at 1:16 am

This is the system that we use to keep our kids organized and it really works well!

I also have a summer fun bag that has sunscreen, towels, goggles, etc. in it. When I wash the towels I just roll them up and put them back so they are ready for our next fun day.

mary April 21, 2010 at 6:00 am

what a great idea.

Kim April 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm

We do this too! Although lately I’ve gotten a little behind on the refilling part. We have three kids with 5 practices t,w,t and three with games with doubleheaders all on Saturday. Keeping up with the laundry is killing me.
Our stuff is based on the season, and now is our busy one. Right now we have four baseball bags-one for each kid, plus another two baseball bags for the hubby/coach, one soccer bag, a diaper bag, moms treats bag, the “keep the other kids busy” activity bag, a diaper/outfit change bag for the car, and of course my purse/organizer/first aid kit bag.

I love going out, we look like we are going on vacation! Call me a bag lady, ha ha.
I just need more room to store them all on a wall somewhere so that we don’t trip over them sitting by the door…

Elizabeth @ blue clear sky April 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Great idea. Our kids are in sports too and we have a baseball bag just like yours. Our hockey and lacrosse bags have to go in the basement, though, way to big to be upstairs without a mudroom.

Kimberly April 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Great idea!! I will definitely be using this!! Thanks for the help! : )

Pam April 21, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Thanks for this post. I was caught at our softball game this weekend in the rain and needed so much stuff. Now I will be on the lookout for a softball bag for me!

Becca April 23, 2010 at 8:58 am

Brilliant!!! I’m making my bags today! We need a cub scout bag, swim bags, and baseball bag. Thank you for linking up to my party!

Becca

Petie April 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Love this idea! The question is can you get YOUR KIDS to refill the bag and put it where it belongs? That’s still a learning process in our house :) If so, what’s your secret? Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing more great organizing tips.

Kristine April 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I have been using this system for years. Not only does this save frustration when you have to leave “I can’t find my other soccer shoe” but if I know we won’t have time to come home before an activity I can just grab the bag and bring it with me.

I keep a container of snacks that the kids can just grab a sandwhich bag and take it with them. I keep water bottles half full in the freezer (we live in the desert) and they just top it off.

For myself I prefer a Lands End canvas tote bag. It is heavy duty and has lots of pockets to stick things.

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