School is out for the summer and you know what that means- the kids are home and they’re bored, hungry, and driving you crazy! Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way! Today I’m sharing 10 simple tips that will help your family have the most organized (+ FUN!) summer ever. All it takes is a bit of preparation 🙂 So, take a deep breath… let’s get your family summer-ready!
So, your family’s schedule is packed with vacations, swim lessons, camp, playdates, pool parties, and picnics? How’s a busy mom like you to keep it all straight? Find a large calendar (dry erase works great!) and fill it with everyone’s planned activities for the month ahead. Place it in a central location (such as the mudroom or kitchen) so that everyone can see it daily. This will help to keep everyone in your family on the same page.
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that routines should be thrown completely out the window. Yes, a lazy day is good for the soul once in a while, but we know that kids (+ adults!) thrive on routines and structure. Plus, keeping a consistent routine will ensure an easier transition when it’s time to head back to school. One way to ensure consistency is to create a visual daily schedule, such as the one below. Another great idea is to have a checklist for daily routines. Giving your kids a chore chart will not only teach them responsibility, but it will also become part of their routine.
Summer Bucket List
I’m sure most of your summer days are jam-packed with activities, but for those days where the calendar is clear it’s a great idea to have a list of choice-activities. Gather the kids around and come up with a list of fun memory-making activities that can be done over the summer (go bowling, have a lemonade stand, visit the amusement park, go to the beach, etc.). You’ll find many different ideas on Pinterest for how to organize the bucket list….it could be as simple as creating a larger poster or writing each idea down on a popsicle stick! Have fun with it 🙂
It sure is nice to have a few summer days where you aren’t running around town like a taxi-cab driver. But, those lazy days sometimes can lead to those dreaded three words… “Mom, I’m boreddddd!”. To avoid ever hearing that phrase again, take some time to brain-dump a list of at-home activities that your kids can choose from when they find themselves with “nothin’ to do!”. Below are some cute and simple ideas…
Having the kids home for the summer means you’re going to need a fully-stocked pantry. But, don’t forget to stock up on other necessary essentials such as arts and crafts supplies, sunscreen, bug spray, and summer toys (water balloons, bubbles). Having these items on hand, contained, and labeled will ensure that your summer days are stress-free and fun!
While stocking the pantry is a key-component to having an organized and stress-free summer, it’s also important to take it a step further by prepping snacks ahead of time. This will help with portion-control, grabbing snacks on the way out the door, and making healthy choices.
Grab + Go
Create a station near the most-used entrance of your home where you can keep summer essentials such as a pre-packed beach or pool bag, a few bottles of sunscreen ready for outdoor play, and a stack of fresh towels. You’ll spend less time looking for these items and it will make getting out the door that much quicker!
With your calendar packed with activities, you may start feeling an Uber driver (Wait, you don’t get paid to drive the kids around all day?! Bummer!). Since you’ll be spending SO much time in the car, it’s a great idea to keep the car stocked with summer essentials. Think about what essentials would make sense for your family and fill a bag with those items (sunscreen, towels, garbage bags, wet wipes, etc.). Keep a stash of pre-packaged snacks for those longer drives or times when you’re rushing from one activity to another. If you frequent the beach, you may want to keep a plastic bin with the beach toys and other gear in the trunk. Do what makes sense for your family and your frequent summer activities– remember the key is just to be prepared. 🙂
Summer is the perfect time to go through all of the outdoor toys and get them organized. Plus, with the kids home it’s a great idea to get them involved in the process. First, sort the toys into piles: keep, trash, and donate. Then, come up with a system that is easily accessible for the kids and clearly labeled so that things get put back!
Having the kids home for the summer can make #momlife just a bit more exhausting. So, be sure to schedule some time to care for your beautiful self. Whether it’s going for a power-walk with your bestie or reading a book after the kids are in bed, you need that time to recharge (yes, tomorrow is another busy day!).
Okay, Mommas….What are your best tips for an organized summer? Spill your secret tips + tricks in the comments below!