Chaos, it seems to creep into my daily life like extra pounds creep onto my waistline. Like many of you I frequently have so many balls flying through the air at once that I’m afraid to even look for fear they’ll all come crashing down! I am constantly on the lookout for ways to add a little more order easily into my days.
As a single mom to 3 busy children including a special needs 2 year old there is a lot to remember each week. There are doctor appointments, multiple therapy sessions, homework, housework and did I mention my oldest is homeschooled? As much as I joke about chaos it really is essential that the chaos at least be controlled.
One area that I really struggled with was to remember everything my 2 year old might need while we were gone. In addition to the very nature of 2 year olds making them unpredictable and occasionally tyrannical he has a sensory processing disorder. He requires lots and lots of extra sensory input each day and in new or busy environments he needs multiple calming options as well.
I had the best of intentions to remember everything he might need each day when we left the house for therapy and errands or other appointments but it was so easy to forget. I would be twenty miles down the road and remember that I had left his therapy putty on the table or even worse forgot to put a compression shirt that day.
I decided it was time to tackle this problem and that what I needed was a bag and duplicate items of his essentials to keep in the bag. I definitely didn’t want a bulky diaper bag but I knew I wanted a bag with enough room to be able fit everything he might need with space left over.
Enter the Hands Full, Heart Full bag from Mom Life Must Haves. It fit my needs perfectly and summed up my crazy, happy mom life exactly. I made a list and checked it twice before ordering exactly what I wanted to keep in the bag. Everything fit and there is room for more!
Carrying the bag filled with his essentials has restored a little more order to my days. I have also added a folder where I put our schedule for the week and a running list of items to pick up when I’m out running errands. I can’t believe the difference that list makes. I have saved so much time by not having to make extra trips to the store.
I also frequently forgot my coffee. I know, how do you forget this essential mom life element? I don’t know how but I forgot it all of the time. Sure I could run into a gas station and grab a cup to go but dragging a toddler in and out of the car, waiting in line and then paying for a subpar cup of joe is not my idea of fun. I frequently found myself going through the coffee shop drive through (when time allowed) but that was starting to add up quickly in my monthly budget.
Life as a mom no matter if you’re married or single or the needs, ages or number of children is busy. It’s impossible to tame all of the chaos and a little chaos adds to the fun but these simple changes have made for a much happier mom life for me.