Organizing Your Summer "Stuff"
Enviro Maids LLC
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From Enviro Maids LLC of Stamford, CT
School is almost out and that means your children’s backpacks go into hibernation as their summer gear makes a reappearance. Depending on how many children you have, once summer vacation arrives, your home can soon be overrun by beach equipment, pool toys, wet bathing suits, and sand-filled toes. Keeping your home organized takes a lot of effort and summertime is no exception. We’ll tell you how you can organize your summer “stuff” so you can stay sane while your kids stay entertained and happy.
If you have a pool in your backyard, you’ll probably be asked, “Where’s my bathing suit?” “I can’t find my goggles,” “Do you know where my beach towel is?” countless times during the summer. How do you handle the situation? They say everything you need to know in life you learned in kindergarten and we agree! Kindergarteners usually have their own cubbies where they store their belongings. Why not bring the cubby idea home? Whether it’s in your mud room or in your garage, assign a bin for each child to hold their bathing suit, towel, goggles, etc. You’ll teach them how to organize their belongings and where they can find everything they need each time.
Similar to the cubby idea, giving each child their own beach bag helps to corral all their wayward beach must-haves. Depending on the age of your children, they can pack their own beach bag the night before with everything they need for a fun day at the beach — towels, sunscreen, hats, reading materials, sand toys. This way, when it’s time to head to the beach, you won’t be scrambling to find everything. Everyone grabs their bag and you’re off.
After a fun day at the beach, the biggest downside is dealing with sand-covered feet. No matter how hard you try, sand seems to find its way in your car and then inevitably inside your home. Before your kids climb into your car, try to remove as much sand as possible with a dry towel or soft brush. If there’s still sand on their feet, have them sit in the car with their feet facing out; rinse their feet with water to remove the sand and dry with a towel. Feet aren’t the only things that track in sand into your car; beach toys and beach bags also are culprits. Menshealth.com suggests lining your trunk with an old sheet. Place sand shovels, buckets, and beach bags on top of the sheet. When you get home, simply shake out the sheet.
Seating and Storage in One
Children and pool toys go hand-in-hand. You’ve probably amassed quite the collection of inflatable balls, rafts, and waterproof toys. What do you do with all the pool equipment once your kids are done swimming for the day? Seating storage bins are great multiuse items. Kids can keep all their pool gadgets tucked away inside the bins and can use them as seating when they’re taking a break or drying off.
Dining Al Fresco
After spending time in the pool, your children will be looking for a snack or a hearty meal. Take advantage of the warm weather by having them eat outdoors in a shady area. Mom.me.com suggests making things easier by having a basket with paper dishes, plates, and utensils, and non-perishable snacks and condiments ready. This way when it’s time to eat you have most of what you need all together.
Create designated areas for all your equipment inside your garage. Have a sports section where you keep all the balls, bats, and other sporting accessories. Create a tool area divided into sub-sections: gardening tools, household tools, car tools, etc. Keeping items organized by theme or type, cuts down on the time spend looking for things. It’s also avoids hazards such as children coming in contact with sharp tools while looking for their ball.
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