|Our useful boxes|
Fellow fans of ABC's play-school may be familiar with the song:
Bags, bags, bags... they're very useful things. If we didn't have bags, what would we use to put a lot of things in?
I have decided I want to re-write the lyrics. It doesn't fit with the rhythm quite as well, but the alternative...
Boxes, boxes, boxes... they're very useful things... etc.
Some of you may remember the mistakes I made last time we had a family holiday. My organisation was all wrong, wrong, wrong. Among the mistakes I made, probably the biggest mistake was to put all of our kids' clothes and shoes into one large bag. The whole time we were away, trying to find anything for any of the kids was a major and frustrating operation.
Following this experience, some of you gave me some fantastic ideas for making life easier. Then, my mother-in-law stepped in with a suggestion, which she learned from her sister-in-law (e.g. my husband's aunt, who did a lot of 4WD holidays with her husband and 3 sons)
More specifically, one box (I think my husband's aunt used milk crates) is assigned to each child. All clothing, towel, toiletries, toys and books for the child needs fits into this one box. (We were not quite as strict, and did take two separate "green" bags for toys and books).
- Stacks easily for packing into the car (may be better for a taller car, or car with a larger boot space)
- Using transparent boxes or milk crates means that everything is easy to find
- If you do washing while away, leave the lids off the boxes and easily throw clean clothes into each box when sorting
- Clothes don't tend to get as creased as when squashed into bags
Obviously, this probably won't work for any holidays involving flying or travelling on public transport, but for car trips... brilliant!
Do you have any more holiday tips?