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7 Easy Ways to Stay Organized this Summer

Do you find it more difficult to stay organized during the summer?

If you said “yes” to this question, you are not alone. Many parents dread the thought of summer when kids are home from school because everything seems crazy and out of sync.
Think about it…There is no routine.  The only schedule we have to follow is the one we create on the fly.

It makes me tired just thinking about the chaos that comes with summer. And yet, that’s what makes summer so fun. The question that it poses is this: How do we stay organized when life is so much fun and so chaotic? Try some of these ideas...

The kitchen is open 24/7 when kids are not in school.  Inevitably someone is always hungry and we are constantly fixing a meal or snack.  This translates into more time cleaning the kitchen and washing dishes.

Summertime is a great time for our kids to have friends over.  That translates into one more mouth to feed and one more person to take care of, making the challenge of keeping things organized more difficult.

Kids are constantly coming and going during the summer. Sometimes they are going to visit friends, while other times they are going to/coming from camp.  All of this coming and going creates more laundry which presents more challenges to stay organized.

It makes me tired just thinking about the chaos that comes with summer. And yet, that’s what makes summer so fun. When my sons were teenagers, some of my best memories are from conversations we had when we stayed up late during the summer. No responsibilities would be waking us in the morning, so we talked and laughed late into the night.

The question that it poses is this: How do we stay organized when life is so much fun and so chaotic?

1. Do the necessary things first.

Everyone has chores to do like putting away toys, making the bed, loading/unloading the dishwasher and putting up clothes. If you will do those things first, you can enjoy the rest of the day. When you return home from the pool or a day trip, you are most likely tired and don’t want the hassle of chores. So do them first.

2. Summer is a great time to get the kids ready for a new school year.

Purge their school supplies, get rid of the school clothes that don’t fit, throw away the socks with holes, etc. Involve the children. Make it a fun time instead of a chore.

3. Renegotiate chores and salaries.

As your children grow up, they can take on new chores and receive an increase in salary. Remember that you are training your children to be great employees. Hold them to high standards and teach them how to do a great job.

4. Plan ahead.

Ask the family what they want to do during summer break. There are lots of great activities to enjoy.  Be intentional about your summer.

5. Before you go on vacation, make a list of things you must get done.

The pet has to be fed, the mail has to be picked up, vacation activity bags must be prepared, etc. Do this ahead of time so you can get it all done and it will be less stressful as those wonderful days away approach. As always, invite the children to help get things ready.

6. Set a budget.

Summer can be expensive. Instead of getting yourself stretched financially due to those extra activities, Erin Doland suggests that you set up a weekly budget and stick to it. When the children want to do something that is beyond the budget, explain to them how you must make choices when it comes to finances. It doesn’t hurt to deny them something because the money is not available. In fact, it is a good thing to teach them financial responsibility.

7. Prep for regular trips.

If you go to the beach or a pool regularly, keep a pool bag ready with towels, sunscreen, toys, etc. That helps when you are ready to go, you don’t have to put it all together.

Remember that summer is a great time to make some great memories, so let go of the stress.

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Kim Pittman

Kim Pittman

Kim has successfully helped create time and space for hundreds of people in Southwest Georgia. In 2005 she started Organize 4U with a vision to help individuals live clutter-free and productive lives. She organizes areas in the home, including pantries, attics, storage buildings and garages. Kim also custom designs and installs closet systems that enhance storage capacity. Her expertise also includes office space and systems. For organizational tips, find her on Facebook at Organize 4U. And you’ll find lots of great organizational info, including before and after shots, on her website Organize4U.org.
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9 Responses to 7 Easy Ways to Stay Organized this Summer

  1. Karen August 9, 2016 at 11:26 pm #

    Great tips! Summer is a good time to have the kids help with organizing too. That will help them when they get back to school and for years to come.

  2. Betty May 18, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

    These are great suggestions. I will be so glad when summer comes.

  3. Stephanie Kay July 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Even in the summer we have a daily routine. It’s modified for maximum fun but there are still chores to do and toys to clean up. I find making Mondays “Restore Order Day” helps keep the chaos at bay and me not so cranky. 🙂 Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

    • Candy July 1, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

      Mondays have always been our “dig out from under” day. Pretty sure that’s not grammatically correct, but that’s the best way to describe our trek back into the routine of the weekdays from the not-much-routine-at-all weekends. 🙂

      Although, if Kim chimes in, I’m sure we’ll find that she’s organized and routine all the time. That’s we she writes our organizational posts and not me. 😉

  4. Melissa June 25, 2014 at 6:52 am #

    Great ideas for keeping the sanity during this time of year! Now if I can just get caught up on the laundry…

  5. normaleverydaylife June 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    I’m about half way through the summer with five kids at home and it is chaotic, exhausting, and fun all at the same time. These are some great tips to remember to help keep things under control. Today I didn’t do the necessary things first and I can really tell. Need to remember that for tomorrow! 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Motivational Monday!

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