1. Keep Routines
School’s out and kids and parents alike are ready to buck the routine and schedules and be free to embark on later night BBQ’s, movies in the park, and lots of traveling. Be sure you give your kiddos some calm nights at home with their normal bedtime routines at least a few nights a week. You don’t want your kids crashing and burning before the summer even gets started!
2. Create a Bucket List
Nothing says organization like a list! Get the kids in on the fun and brainstorm all the fun activities you’d like to partake in this summer. Maybe even pull out the calendar and discuss when you can do some of the bigger things on your list. Let the kids check off the list. It will keep you more organized and teach your kids about the value of planning!
3. Organized Fun in the Sun
Create a space in your home (perhaps in your foyer, laundry room, or garage) where you store all of your pool and beach gear. Designate 1 big bag for the beach and one for the pool and keep it stocked with sunscreen, toys, and any other gear your family likes to bring. All you’ll need to throw in are clean towels, change of clothes, and some snacks and drinks and you’re ready for fun in the sun!
4. Organized Camping
Truthfully I delegate this job to my husband, but if you’re a family that likes to camp, designate several big bins (and maybe even label them) with all of the necessary gear you’ll need for a fun, family camping trip. A bin for your kitchen gear, one for bedding, one for flashlights, bug spray and other supplies, and so on. Keep them all in a dedicated area of your garage. Each time you camp you have a new opportunity to evaluate and refine your gear. Keep a list of new things to add while you’re camping and upon your return pull out unnecessary items. Soon your camping adventures will run like a well-oiled machine and you can spend more time having fun with your friends and family.
5. Let the Kids Help Out
With the kids off school, now is a great time to get them involved with projects around the house. From purging their rooms, to washing windows, to cleaning out the pantry, and organizing the garage, there are lots of projects that kids of all ages can help out with on some level. Accomplish a big task as a family and reward yourselves with an afternoon at the pool or ice cream with friends. Teaching your kids that working hard makes playing even more fun is such a great lesson!