Are you ready to get organized for summer? This timeless 4 part series is all about helping busy Moms get ready for their kids to come home for summer break before…or just after it begins. Because let’s be honest, sometimes that’s jus the way things roll. From paperwork to schedules, outdoor fun and learning, we’ve got you covered with what you need to do now. Here in In North Carolina, we’ve got just a few weeks to go but for some parts of the country, you are either already out of school or staying in till the official first day of summer in late June. No matter where you live, now is the time to take care of that to-do list so you can be organized before they get there and and ready to enjoy so much outdoor fun.
Create a Bucket of Fun
Create a “last day of school” bucket full of all things fun and classic. To be honest, this bucket is a likely refresh of what you might already have in your garage that’s just past it’s prime…or you are simply unable to find. Having it freshly stocked and ready to go on the first day of summer break sets the tone for playful fun from day one.
- hula hoop
- bike tire pump
- punch bag balls
- water guns
- flashlights for tag
- bug catcher
- butterfly catcher for lightning bugs
- glow sticks
- fresh stash of water balloons
- big bouncy ball
- sidewalk chalk
Get organized for the Pool
I believe in hanging at the pool for as long as you can so make it easy for your kids to stay content no matter what. Before the kids get home, I do a swimsuit, coverup, flip flop, and towel inventory, getting everyone outfitted so they can change and go. Create a tote bag that is dedicated to the things your kids are always looking for while they play at the pool and let them know that is home base for them to grab and go as they please, hopefully making it impossible for them to say there is nothing to do.
- splash bomb balls
- dive sticks
- water volleyball
- new inter tube since last year’s probably has a hole
- multiple pairs of swim goggles
- card games
- playing cards
- extra towels
Get Organized for You
While the kids have an official pool fun bag, I love having my own personal pool bag with the things I don’t want anyone to fuss with and it’s just important for me to have this bag organized as it is to have all the kids’ items ready to go. In this house, we hit the pool early and often, literally every single day so it’s just smart planning to have it stocked in my trunk.
- waterproof phone case
- phone charger
- wireless speaker for music
- key ring hook
- fresh sunscreen
- bug related anti-itch cream
- hand sanitizer
- change for the concession stand
- magazines ~ yes ~ magazines to read and relax!
- portable first aid kit
I hope these tips show you ways to get organized for summer and outdoor fun. I love being ready for those first late nights of firefly catching, that mad dash to the pool after school, and being able to just delight in the innocent joy that is the wonder of summer fun. I also hope they are inspiration to help you focus on living every day of your summer with an eye on fun and enjoying your kids to the fullest. So tell me…
How do you get organized for summer outdoor fun before your kids get home?
Thanks for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time! Molly