Ah, summer. That magical time of year when we plan to do ALL THE THINGS
...until we realize how hectic the season truly is.
If one of your summer projects is to get organized, it may be best to start with some small projects to get the ball rolling and simplify your days, freeing you up to really enjoy the season. Super hot days are not always the best time to organize the garage or attic, so focus on other, cooler areas like your backyard, entryway and closets instead.
Clear out school backpacks and papers. Now is a great time to clean out kids' school backpacks, piles of paper in their rooms and art projects lying around the house. Enough time has passed to allow easy disposal of things that are not memorabilia, and these papers can also give you a good reminder of what they could practice over the summer.
Organize your grilling supplies. Create an easy-grab location for grilling supplies, and place it near the grill. We like to use a metal bucket for this. Once the season is over, these are easy to put away for next year.
Prep for easy outdoor dining. Grab a caddy or basket with a handle and fill it with utensils, plates and napkins ready to go outside. We recently did this for a client using an IKEA rolling cart, which can easily be rolled outside and back into the pantry.
Swap out your entryway with summer attire. Make a quick review of your entryway and remove any heavy coats or clothing that is not summer-approved. Place a basket near the door for sandals so that they can be easily contained.
Gather "outing supplies" and place them in a prominent spot in the garage or even in the car. This could include sunscreen, insect repellant, grab-and-go snacks, walking shoes, a picnic blanket and water. Don't forget the frisbee! A car caddy is best for containing these items. Now you will always be ready for any spur-of-the-moment activities.
Rely on your vacation reminder. There is nothing worse than taking a day off in the summer and worrying about email. It only takes a minute to turn on your vacation reminder, and it's so worth it to be able to relax. Whether you set it for one day or two weeks, it will help you truly enjoy your time off.
Organize your books.
Summer is a wonderful time to catch up on reading, and organizing your books will inspire you to do just that - plus take a much needed detox from your phone. We've got you covered with
this how-to guide
Do you have any special organizing projects you love to get done in the summer? We'd love to hear about them.