Want to hear a great oxymoron example? An organized diaper bag!
Through personal experience and observation, I concluded that owning a bag lined with smashed goldfish and candy wrappers must come with the “Mom” title. Am I Right?!
Writing a post on diaper bag organization is tricky because we all have different bags and kiddos with various ages, needs, and interests. But no matter what your bag looks like or the contents it holds, it is possible to keep it organized.
How to Organize Your Diaper Bag in 5 Easy Steps:
1. Empty Diaper Bag
Take everything out of your diaper bag and wipe down the inside and outside of your bag. Starting with an empty and clean bag will motivate you to keep it looking good.
Shout out to my friend Tia. She is the one who asked me to do a post on diaper bag organization. She even gave me her diaper bag to organize and write the post regarding. Thanks!
2. Sort Items into Piles
I sorted Tia’s items into the following categories:
- First aid items
- Entertainment for her
- Extra clothes
- Entertainment for kids
- Items that belong elsewhere
3. Organize Piles
I like to organize diaper bag items using various sizes of Ziploc bags. They may not look cute but they are cheap and make it easy to see what is inside.
The “snack pile” and “first aid pile” were placed in snack size Ziploc bags. The “entertainment for kids pile” and “extra clothes pile” were placed in gallon size Ziploc bags. The “garbage pile” went in the trash and the “items that belong elsewhere pile” will be given back to Tia to place somewhere NOT in her diaper bag.
4. Assign Diaper Bag Areas
The key to an organized diaper bag is consistency. Assign a pocket in your bag to hold diapers/wipes and always place diapers/wipes in that designated spot. Assign an area in your bag to hold your ChapStick and gum and make sure only ChapStick and gum are allowed in that spot. You get the idea!
Assign a designated spot in your diaper bag for garbage. I know it sounds crazy but diaper bags are magnets for expired coupons, candy wrappers, receipts, Etc. Assigning an outside pocket of your bag to keep trash in until you get to a garbage can is an easy way to keep your diaper bag looking good!
I made this side of Tia’s diaper bag the, “Kid side.” The pocket on the left is diapers, the pocket in the middle is the designated spot for garbage, and the pocket on the right consists of a bag of snacks.
I made this side of Tia’s bag the, “Mom side.” The pocket on the left holds her masks, the pocket in the middle is her first-aid items, and the pocket on the right is currently empty.
When you get home from your outing, take a few minutes to go through your diaper bag. Empty the “garbage pocket” of your bag, put more diapers in, place your daughter’s dirty clothes in the hamper, refill the “snack area,” and place the used bottle in the kitchen sink. Doing so will keep your diaper bag organized AND prepare you for your next outing.
Have a diaper bag organization tip? What is a diaper bag item that you don’t leave the house without? As always, I would LOVE to hear from YOU!