Don’t Forget Me Bin

Do you ever find yourself arriving at a destination and suddenly realizing you forgot to bring something you really needed?

If you (or your family) regularly forget to take important things with you when you leave the house, you may want to try having a “Don’t Forget Me Bin”.

A great place to put your bin is on an easily accessible shelf near where you keep your purse or keys.

I picked up a bin at Target and keep it in my front hall coat closet.  There is a shelf at eye level where I can easily see the bin and remember to take those important things with me.  It is right next to my purse, so I can’t miss it when I’m running out the door.


Here is my “new and improved” Don’t Forget Me Basket.  You can see it in use in my Organized Closet.

Some things cannot be put in the bin (like library books) because they are used regularly during the week.

Other things are just too large, but still need to be remembered for going certain places.

Try putting a sticky note pad in your bin so you can jot a note to remind yourself of what needs to go.  Keep the note pad and a pen in the bin so you can easily add to it when you think of things during the week.

Get into a habit of checking it before you run out the door, and you’ll never forget anything again (ha ha!).

What solutions do you have to remember things when you’re running out the door?


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  1. Robin Nace says:

    Okay, so what if you do not have an area near the door in which to keep a bin?

  2. Ginny says:

    If you don’t have a closet near your front door, think about the space where you hang you coat or purse. Can you put it there? The bin doesn’t have to be large. The key is the post-it note pad.

    If you are really tight on space, try hanging a shelf or small basket on the wall near your door. Keep a post-it note pad and a pen there so you can jot down whatever you want to take along whenever you think about it.

  3. Melissa says:

    I love the idea! Thanks Ginny!

  4. Robin Nace says:

    I did find a thin tall basket to put next to my “bag chair” near the door. It’s kinda working…only time will tell.

  5. Audrey O says:

    What a great website you have. I love organizing, but it happens better in my head then in real life unfortunately. I already have something just like this idea by my front door. The only difference is that we call it the “remember basket”. :) I thought I was unique when I thought of that, LOL!! I’m glad it just confirms my ideas are good ones. :)

  6. Jill says:

    I have a wicker picnic basket near my front door to store smaller items. Since we have a metal front door, I keep a magnet on it to hold notes to remind myself of things I can’t forget to take. In nice weather when the door is open, I sometimes tape a note to the glass door since I might not see the note on the backside of the door. I enjoy your site! Thanks for all the great tips.

  7. Meredith says:

    Love this idea!!

  8. Brianna says:

    I love this idea Ginny, and i really dig your first cute bin … hey if you’re not using it anymore how bout sending it my way :-)


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