The boys’ school has a new system this year. Parents have to have a “car tag” to pick up their kids at the end of the day. The only problem is that the vast majority of parents don’t drive through the teeny-tiny-1960s-car-loop, but park and walk to get them.
But even we walkers have to bring our tags with us.
Little pieces of laminated paper. Needed every day for an entire school year. Have to be moved from car to hand to school and back to car.
Every single day for an entire year.
A nightmare for this scatter-brained mama.
Last fall, I finally had to ask for a new one for my first grader after weeks of searching the (cluttered) floorboards in the moments just before picking him up. (I could never remember to look for it when it wasn’t in the moments just before . . . ) I finally gave up because I got tired of strategically positioning my third grader’s tag under my armpit in a way that I hoped would cause them to assume I had two tags under there.
Anyway, I figured out a solution. I got into the habit of putting the tags in the little pocket space of my driver’s side door. I put them in there the minute we got back in the car, and they were always there when it was time to get them the next day. I was rather proud of how this little trick was becoming a natural habit, and I no longer felt panic every day at 3:00.
But I stopped.
And I have no idea why. In the past few weeks, they’ve been scattered across the front seat, in the floorboards, wherever. It just no longer occurs to me to stick them in their special spot.
And it’s driving me crazy.
Don’t forget that tomorrow is the Decluttering Update for February! Come share your progress (or your frustrations)!
Their Mommy His Wife says
okay, lemme try it again, lol.
Thank goodness I didn't have to keep up with a small tag or my poor son would have to wait in the office every single day!! (he rides the bus!)
I have the same issues keeping up new habits to stay on top of things.
Hmm.. maybe put them on a lanyard or something that will help make them easier to find? or are they small enough you could clip then onto your carkeys like those frequent shopper points cards?
Thanks for your blog! I struggle with a lot of things, domestically speaking, that seem to come natural to so many others. You're an inspiration 🙂
I was thinking of a lanyard as well!
My daughter works for the schools, and their ID card is also their Keycard, she hangs hers from her car mirror in transit. Hers is on a pretty beaded lanyard another employe makes and sells ($10)
Romantic Dinner says
Thanks for nice posting …and great your idea
Every time I read your blog, I feel like you are writing about me. Thanks for stepping out and sharing. Makes me feel like I'm not alone.
Completely agree! Just for the sake of trying new things I constantly mess up a good thing!
Tawra Jean says
We have to do that. I just taped the card to the inside corner of my windshield and leave it there.
This always seems to happen with the best of ideas. It works for about a day or two, maybe months..but it never stays! At least, that's what happens to me!
Hopefully you can get back into that habit, not sure of what I can say to help you out! Just know we've all been there mama!
Mary S. says
I feel your pain! I scan mine on the computer at the beginning of the year so if I need a new one I can print it up.