QUICK TIPS TO GET ORGANIZED FOR SUMMER
by Jennifer Klingbeil of JPK PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZING
Those lazy days of summer are fast approaching. If you live in Northeast Ohio, you may or may not be ready for summer; our weather here can change so quickly that there is a season where snow boots and flip-flops can be worn on alternate days. There will be a day (soon, my friends, soon) when summer will be declared officially “on”, so why not start getting ready now? Here are a few quick tips to help you get ready for summer so that you can enjoy that glass of iced tea on the patio!
1. Kick winter (and its stuff) to the curb! Take the winter coats, hats, gloves, and boots out of the coat closet or mudroom and find a place to store them. If they must stay, move them to the back, where they will be out of the way. Donate outgrown or outdated items; toss or recycle damaged items. Clean the items you are keeping. Put all gloves in one labeled box, hats in another, etc. When the temperature drops, everything will be easily at hand.
2. Get that cooler ready! Summer is the time for spontaneous picnics in the park, alfresco dinners on the deck, or outdoor concerts. Don’t be caught unprepared! Put those cold packs in the freezer right now. Locate or procure items you will need for a picnic: recyclable plates, cups, cutlery, etc. Find the cooler and clean it out so that it is ready for that come-as-you-are tailgate party!
3. Start your summer calendar! No school does not mean no activities: sometimes summer can be busier than a regular school year. Start with known commitments – summer camp, family vacation, work schedules, doctor appointments – and put them on the calendar. Whether it is written or digital, make sure to record these obligations, color-coding by family member, if necessary. Keeping up with the calendar helps identify gaps or find that perfect 20 minutes for a coffee break.
4. Plan your summer “routine”! What? Yes, summer is about being breezy and freewheeling, but that does not mean anarchy and chaos. Just a simple routine will help keep everything on an even keel and your ship sailing smoothly into the summer sunset. Choose a few important tasks that must be done each day to maintain your cheerful summer home: make the bed, empty the dishwasher, wipe the bathrooms, handle the mail. Use reminders on your phone, a task manager app, or a written list to help you check them off when done. Don’t forget to share the love and let other family members help out – many hands make light work!
With a little bit of planning now, those lazy days of summer can become a reality! Enjoy that iced tea!