It is time to simplify your supplies. REALLY!
“Simplicity is complex. It’s never simple to keep things simple. Simple solutions require the most advanced thinking.” ― Richie Norton
It takes a lot of thought and advanced planning to simplify what we take into senior living sessions. It is one we need to revisit on an ongoing basis.
How do I know that? One of the recurring conversations in our Facebook groups is how to haul all our instruments, music and supplies. (It seems we need a concurrent session on schlepping and proper body dynamics.)
With that in mind I created a challenge just for the fun of it. (Inspired by the frequent comments on how to schlep session supplies and the changeable weather in Kansas.)
Scenario: You are doing a group session for 8-12 senior living residents. No cart of wagon can be used. You can only take what you can carry on you.
Question: What items will you carry into the session?
The answers to this question when shared in a Facebook group were wonderful. Here it is in summary.
- Limit what you take to what you can carry by yourself, packed in a way you can mage it.
- A single bag or 2 with supplies – Bags that are easy to carry.
- A guitar – Preferably in a backpack bag.
- Basic instruments
- shakers – egg shakers, jingle bells
- paddle drums
- frame drums
- small percussion such as rain sticks, cabasa …
- props such as scarves or theme related items
- Bonus items
- portable speaker
- music books
This list speaks volumes about what we need in our arsenal of supplies.
- It tells us what the must have items really are.
- It tells us we don’t need EVERYTHING to be effective in our work.
- It highlights how a simple prop can then become special or be highlighted.
Share how your simplified supply list compares to this one.