This Neurotic Disney Family is currently 10 days away from their much awaited vacation to Walt Disney World. The kids and I are completely brimming with excitement and yesterday the husband even quipped, “We’re 11 days away. I’m actually pretty excited.” Swoon! What music to a Neurotic Disney Mom’s ears! I have reached the end of my months of planning the annual journey to my homeland, and I am currently in the final stage. Packing. This is the 4th time I as an adult have packed for a weeklong vacation to Walt Disney World. The first time it was just me and my husband on our honeymoon. The last two times it was for my family of 4. The new addition of our little princess came in January so this is the first time I will be packing for a family of five, including three children under the age of 5, two of whom are still in diapers, and one on a baby food diet. This can be quite an overwhelming task unless you attack it with complete organization and the realization that you might not sleep much the night before you leave. This doesn’t bother me much as I know I can catch a nap while sitting in The Hall of Presidents. So here are a couple tricks of the trade I have picked up over the years that help packing go a bit smoother!
Here is the second half of your Disney Dozen for how to keep your hotel room as organized as the rest of your vacation!
#7. A place for shoes! If your family is like mine, they will saunter into the hotel room mid-afternoon ready for a nap and kick their shoes off to only Mickey knows where. Then, when we are ready to hit the parks in a couple of hours, no one will be able to find them, and they’ll probably blame it on their dear old NDM. Have a designated spot for shoes! For us it is the area underneath the vanity, but it can be anywhere that is convenient and out of the way for you!
One of the most important things to remember while planning a Walt Disney World vacation with little ones, is that you must stay organized! If organization is not a priority to you then it is very easy for chaos to ensue and for everything to fall to pieces. If you are a NDM then being organized should come as second nature to you. You plan out your trip down to when you will use the bathroom. You create detailed packing lists and find great joy in checking off each item as it gets stowed away in your Walt Disney World luggage. Then you arrive at your resort, and unpack everything while your NDH takes the NDKs down to the pool. You put everything in it’s exact spot. Then your Neurotic Disney Family bursts back into the room and in 3 seconds flat everything is laying all over the floor. But have no fear! This does not need to happen! Here is the first half of your Disney Dozen for keeping your hotel room as organized, neat, and tidy as the rest of your trip!
I think the most overwhelming thing so far during all of our relocation preparation has been deciding what is most necessary to take with us. I get caught up with the memories, instead of the use of the item, and for such a large move like this, it has to be more about use than anything. Because we aren’t moving any furniture, the majority of storage will be in clear and colored bins. Here is how we have organized our items, and hopefully this helps those of you looking to do the same.
We all have been there… we pack up as much as we can fit into our luggage, only to get to the room and think “Now what?” Here are some great tips on how to keep your Resort room organized along with your sanity.
Before leaving home, pick up a few things that will help your room stay clutter free. The shoe bags that hang off the back of the doors come in handy and hang over the bathroom door in any Resort room. You can use it for shoes, but also for hair products, make-up, curling irons, socks, underwear, and smaller items like hair clips and such so that it can all be located in one place. Next, head to your local Dollar store and pick up a small flexible container that can be laid flatter inside your luggage. Use this basket to put your change in at the end of the day, your car keys if you drove, and your room key as well.
The Disney Driven Life brings you another episode of inner mouse. In this week’s show, Scott, John, Nicole, and JL discuss Disney collectibles and their addictive nature. John discusses a few ways to recoup some of the expense of collecting Disney items. Nicole shares the results of a survey she took among friends about their unique Disney collections. JL reveals why she doesn’t do much collecting, and Scott talks about why he started Collect the Mouse. Join the discussion. Tell us what Disney things you collect, how you organize them, and to what degree they consume your life.