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Get Organized for Summer

My kids are already finished with school, which means it’s time to kick our Summer Bucket List off with a fun Memorial Day Weekend.  Since I’m such a fun mom, I decided to spend our first day of summer cleaning the house.  Yep, I’m serious.

Being busy is all well and good, but coming back to a messy house makes home less than comforting for me.  Luckily, my kids are little and don’t have loud complaining voices when I announce a cleaning day.  First up: Toys.

Here’s the “it gets worse before it gets better” moment.

Two hours and one trash bag later:

One out of two kids actually helped.  I call that success and surprised him with $1.  Now we need to organize the toys that got returned to their respective bedrooms!

A few other things to get organized for a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants summer:

  • A basket by the back door, full of sunscreen, bug spray, and hats.
  • Beach towels and swim suits in their own bag or closet shelf, ready to be loaded.
  • First Aid update: Aloe, bug bite ointment, Neosporin, and Band-Aids
  • Car needs: Small First Aid kit, sunscreen, picnic blanket, hair ties

  • Food on hand: Popsicles, juice boxes, snack-size ziplocks for travel snacks
  • iPad loaded with movies and games
  • Mom: Stock up on razor blades, shaving cream, and after-shave lotion.  Smoooovy!

Now that my Type-A needs have been met, I’m ready to make snow cones.  Add “fake cherry sugar syrup” to my organization list.

What’s on your list?


More summer resources:

Family Camping: Meals

Printable Summer Bucket List

How to Picnic in Style


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  1. Melissa Choate 06/08/2012 at 2:59 pm

    Loved this post! When I was mid-process in our game room I had a major mess on my hands too. I love the order that comes out of that chaos though. I liked all of your suggestions too on things to have prepared. We like to be spontaneous so whatever we can have done beforehand, the better.

    • Erica 06/11/2012 at 7:50 am

      Thanks, Melissa! We got to take advantage of our updated car first aid kit last week — so glad I had antiseptic and a giant band-aid that day!

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  3. Shannon 05/22/2012 at 11:18 am

    I have to say, that first picture actually made me feel pretty good…I like knowing I’m not alone in my ongoing organizational projects… 🙂

    • Erica Fehrman 05/22/2012 at 12:05 pm

      Yeah, that first pic is heinous. That’s when I always think, “Why did I start doing this? It looks worse than when I started!”

      • Amy Allen Johnson 05/22/2012 at 2:41 pm

        This is exactly how we clean. I make a game of dumping all the toys out of their bins into a huge pile. Things you want to keep get sorted and returned to a “home” bin. Then, the pile of leftovers in the middle is easy to put in the trash or donate bag. Attn: Toys in Basement – your time is up!