Organizing For The Start of Summerposted by Andrea | 05/10/2012
It’s already the second week of May — which means your children’s school will probably end in less than a month!
Seriously, it seems like the school year JUST started!
I know Dave is looking forward to a break. I’m looking forward to it too because then he’ll be home to give ME a break! However, before you officially swap your backpacks and shoes for beach bags and sandals, there are a few simple things you can do NOW to avoid dealing with school clutter all summer long.
1. Corral ALL that paper.
Schools are really good at sending your children home with lots and lots of paper… so before you close up shop for the summer, take an hour to sit down with your child and go through all their paperwork from the past school year.
Toss anything you/they don’t need, use, or want; and encourage them to weed out some (or most) of their school art projects and crafts. They only need to keep the ones they love — and if they insist that they love all of them (which they probably will) explain that there is not room to keep everything. Believe me, this is a good lesson to teach them, even at an early age!
2. Stock up on summertime activities.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but now is the time to stock up on some fun activities to keep your kids busy during those long summer days.
Look for deals on board games, DVD’s, craft supplies, water ballons, sprinklers, etc. Search the internet for creative activities to do as a family. Scour garage sales for dress-up clothes, scavenger hunt items, and “prizes” for whatever reward system you might implement.
Now is also the time to finalize the plans for any family vacations or day-trips you would like to take.
3. Look over your calendar.
Speaking of travel plans… lazy summer days have a way of suddenly becoming jam-packed with all sorts of sporting events, vacations, trips, play dates, BBQ’s, pool parties, weddings, summer camp, and much, MUCH more.
Take a few moments to glance over your calendars for June, July, and August — do you need to make any last-minute plans? Do you need to request time off from work? Do you need purchase gifts or prepare anything in advance? Once the kids are home, you might not have as much time… so do it now!
4. Size up their clothing.
If you haven’t taken the time to weed through your kid’s clothing since last summer, chances are it’s ALL too small! Take an afternoon to go through their clothing and figure out what you can pass down to the next child, what you should donate, and what you’ll need to buy for the upcoming season (remember to write down what you need).
Then, if you’re like me and refuse to pay full price for anything, hit up a few church/school second hand sales and stock up. Those sales usually have a wide variety of styles and sizes so you should be able to find most of what you need.
5. Get your house in shape.
The best time for deep cleaning and organizing is probably NOT once the kids are home full-time. If there are any major (or even minor) cleaning and organizing projects you want to tackle… do them now!
Unless of course, your husband is a teacher and you’re waiting for him to be done for the summer so you can start renovating your kitchen
I know it sounds like a lot — but you still have an entire month.
And while I’m sure none of these things sound particularly thrilling right now, think about how much more you’ll be able to enjoy those precious summer months if you take a little time to plan ahead!
How are you preparing for summer?
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