Around this house it is similar to yours with children getting ready for school. The same things you say to your children is what I say to Joe.
ME: Do you have your papers together?
JOE: Yes. Do you need some?
ME: Thank you, yes I do need a few.
You, as a parent, would not be obliged to share school work with your children though. It is just the daily reminders we mothers say to our children to make sure they are totally prepared for their day.
These are what I fill out for one of our Drive-Away companies. Inspection Sheets documenting any damage to the trucks both inside and out. These are also known as the “BIL” or Bill of Lading we have to bring in when we are stopped at weigh stations. Each Drive-Away company has their own type of Inspection Sheet to be filled out.
Each of the Drive-Away companies we drive for have their own log books. Each log book has the standard grid and notation area required by the DOT. The log books for each company are different only in the top area for the Driver ID, mileage, vehicle ID’s, date, and so on. The right side varies by company also. Some have an area for keeping track of the hours driven daily while others make you work to figure out what your remaining legal hours left to drive are.
Joe and I made these books to simplify and streamline the paperwork process. Joe’s part in these books are the pages. Give that man a project where he can make lines with accompanying information and he is in his element. This is where his engineering background comes in real handy. I made the covers and bound the books.
THE FOLLOWING IS NOT A PAID ADVERTISEMENT FOR EAGLE CREEK. Just want to make sure you know this 🙂
I love this packing system by Eagle Creek. This is the 15 Folder. I used to have another one, the 18 Folder, but lent that to my sister last year and she did not return it. I can find another one while we are out this year.
I stack our clothing in this folder. A shirt and pair of shorts/pants for Joe and a set for myself. The 15 Folder, in this picture, will hold 7 shirts or 3 shirts and 3 pairs of pants. I get up to 12 items in this folder. Three shirts for Joe and three blouses for me, plus three pairs of shorts for each of us. It is a bit cramped but I love this system.
We used to have to take three suitcases full of clothing. Rolling the clothes into a tight tube shape then stacking them against each other was how I did it before. Now we take only two suitcases. One with the Eagle Creek Folder and all of our other paraphernalia such as shower toiletries and under garments that come into the hotel room with us each night. The clothing in the suitcase is still rolled into tight tubes. As clean clothing is needed, I transfer items from the suitcase to the Eagle Creek Folder.
No matter how carefully I pack we still look like we’ve slept in our clothes. Good thing we are not going places that require a person to be pressed and wrinkle free.
When I need to transfer clothing from the suitcase, the Eagle Creek Folder has a handle for ease of carrying to and from our pickup. The Velcro strips hold the flaps closed to keep the contents stored safely. It is lightweight even when crammed full. The Folder fits in the bottom of Joe’s travel bag leaving room for his CPAP machine and other necessities of daily life.
Once again, I am NOT being paid by Eagle Creek to promote their products. I love these folders and they can be purchased at most all luggage stores, The Container Store (if you have one in your area) and at various hiking and outdoor recreation type stores.
I’m delaying the inevitable. I’ve got to get our clothing sorted out and stacked for packing. Check the pockets of Joe’s shorts to see if there are holes from his propensity to carry every key known to man that has a sharp point. Fixing said pockets with iron on patches. Love those things too.
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