June 10, 2016
Simple Ideas to Organize the Family for Summer
Is summer in full swing in your house? I’ve already fielded quite a few questions about organizing with kids this summer so I thought it would be a perfect time to share a couple things that work for us or things that we’re implementing right now. With schedules calming down it’s nice to have a little structure in place and these methods successfully meet those needs.
Use a calendar – I shared this free printable of Summer 2016 at-a-glance calendar last month. If you haven’t grabbed it yet, grab it and fill in some important items for the summer. If you’re looking to put together a homekeeping binder this summer (a great way to get organized), I recommend my Homekeeping Foundations Kit or joining Homekeeping Society.
Get the kids involved and do a quick clean of closets following this simple method for organizing and maintaining them. I detail kids closets in the post but you can apply the techniques and steps to your own closets and drawers.
Need a little direction when it comes to cleaning with kids? I’ve written quite a bit on the subject – go here to get started with age-appropriate tasks that kids can tackle right along with you!
Put together a boredom busting bucket or basket – perfect for rainy days, quiet time, and just relaxing. I put this together a month or so ago and my kids have pulled it out almost every day of summer break. It’s been a big hit!
Keep healthy snacks accessible. I keep lots of fresh fruit and veggies washed and ready for snacking but we also have some snacks at the ready in the pantry as well. This works great for grabbing something if we’re doing an impromptu outing, going to the pool, or if the kids just need a quick bite to eat.
Put together a couple totes, bags, or bins that will simplify some of your favorite summer activities – here are our favorites:
S’mores Caddy – My kiddos love putting our s’mores caddy together every summer, this makes for a great Saturday evening at the fire pit.
The Perfect Picnic Bag – I love having a handful of picnic-ready supplies all packed up and ready to go, it makes it so simple to get out the door!
Art + School Supply Caddy – I usually put this together before school starts but we swap out some of the supplies for summer art projects and it works great!
Practice One Task to Keep Your Home Clutter Free – it’s so simple but it can feel so difficult! Take it out, and put it away. Keep this in mind this summer and I bet you and your family will appreciate taking that little step to put things away. It’s so simple but so hard to keep up with unless it’s a conscious decision.
WHAT’S ON YOUR LIST? WHAT WOULD YOU ADD TO MAKE YOUR LIFE A LITTLE EASIER THIS SUMMER?
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What makes my cloths smell from season to season! What can I use in my closet to keep my cloths fresh! I tried to washing all my cloths ! Thanks
My daughter just got an apartment and her neighbor smokes all the time..the smell permeates the apartment. Is there anything we can do? I tried candles and Lysol, but I hate the chemicals. She got an air purifier, and that helps a little. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Becky SaysPost author
I guess I’d start by talking to the landlord and keep the windows cracked or open as much as possible 🙁