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Friday, June 6, 2014

Organizing Ideas for the Weekend: Summer Organizing Ideas




Happy Friday!  Time for another organizing idea for your weekend!

Summer has unofficially started!  My kids are in school until the end of June, but I know many of you are already in full summer mode with your kids home for the summer.  Either way, it's good to be thinking about what you'll be doing this summer.

So, this weekend's organizing idea is to start planning your summer!  Here are a few ideas to get you going :)

But before that, I wanted to announce the winner of the Blogiversary Giveaway!  Congratulations to Dara G on winning the $25 Target gift card and the 2 organizing ebooks!  Thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate 2 great years on the blog :)

OK, back to the post!

Last year I shared a Summer Ideas Brainstorming List printable that I created.  I'll be using it again in a few weeks with my kids.  You can download it for your family here.

http://fromoverwhelmedtoorganized.blogspot.ca/2013/07/organizing-our-summer-brainstorming.html

 http://fromoverwhelmedtoorganized.blogspot.ca/2013/07/organizing-our-summer-brainstorming.html

Here are a few other ways you can get organized for summer! 

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1.  Set up a weekly routine so each day of the week you have something different you're doing for fun.  I did this last year and my kids loved the anticipation of what would happen each day!  Here's a free printable from Hi! It's Jilly! with some great ideas for each day of the week this summer.


Hi! It's Jilly!

2.  Create a {flexible} daily routine so you have some structure to your day.  It's great to be more relaxed in the summer, but kids are used to structure and thrive on knowing what's happening normally.  I like this idea from Annette at This Simple Home to use cards with all the day's activities and then be able to move them around if needed.  That way you can have a regular routine, but still change it up once in awhile.  She's included a printable for you to create your own cards here.

This Simple Home


3.  Establish a cleaning or chore routine for your kids for the summer.  This helps them learn new skills and frees you up more to do fun things with them!  I know my kids didn't like the idea originally, but once they realized I was able to take them places or do other activities with them if they helped around the house, they were a little more motivated :)  Here are 4 different ways you can implement a chore system in your family from Lara at Overstuffed.  


Overstuffed


4.  If you're looking for ideas of things to do this summer, check out this post from Pam's Party and Practical Practical Tips, where she lists her kids' ideas!  They call it a Summer Fun Challenge.  I love that idea.  Sounds like it's going to be a fun summer at your house Pam!


Pam's Party and Practical Tips


5.  For more summer ideas, here's TaMara's list from Tales of a Pee Dee Mama.

Tales of a Pee Dee Mama


I hope these ideas help you plan a great summer for your family!  You can find lots of other travel tips on my Summer board on Pinterest.



And here are all my summer-related posts!





If you've already got a rockin' summer planned, or if you'd just like additional ideas of what you can organize this weekend, there's a tab at the top of this page called Weekend Ideas.  It has links to all my Organizing Ideas for the Weekend posts. 


What do you love most about summer?  Do you plan your summer or are you the spontaneous type?  What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?  Do you have any other tips to share? 

Happy organizing and have a great weekend!




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20 comments:

  1. We're still in school for a couple more weeks too, but it's a great time to plan!

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    1. Glad we're not the only ones still in school Stephanie! Definitely a good time to start planning though :)

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  2. I love all these ideas! Thanks for including my Summer Fun Schedule!

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    1. You're welcome Jillian! Have a fun summer!

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  3. Great ideas, Hilda! Thanks for including mine as well.

    I really like the way you organized your summer fun list (learn this, go here, etc.) I think I will do it that way with my kids. One more week of school, CAN'T WAIT!!!!

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    1. You're welcome Lara! I found the categories on my list helped my kids think on a broader scale and we were able to add ideas to the lists that they may not have thought of. Have a great summer!

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  4. Hilda, thanks for including our summer schedule cards. :)

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    1. You're welcome Annette! Have a fun summer :)

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  5. Love that fun list! I printed it and will see what the girls want to do off there.

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    1. It's great having a list of ideas to get started isn't it Betsy?! Have fun with your girls!

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  6. Today was our last day of school and with an 8 year old I can use all the help I can get to keep her busy this summer... Thanks for all the great tips - there are several I am going to look into .... Cathy

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    1. Glad to help Cathy! Have a great summer!

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  7. Great tips and organization charts you have there :)

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  8. Your brainstorm printable is such a great idea. I could really use that as boredom buster for the kids!

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    1. Thanks Meredith! We still had "I'm bored" days... but the list helped limit those :)

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  9. Thanks for including our summer fun challenge to you list! So far we have one checked off.. Eating ice cream on the boardwalk is our last day of school tradition. :)

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    1. You're welcome Pam! It's so fun to have traditions like that. Have a great summer!

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  10. I am always interested to see how parents organize their family for summer. Creating my family’s annual "Summer Fun Calendar" has become an annual tradition for me. This family sized calendar brimming with possibilities for summer fun gives me a sense of preparedness from which I feel ready to embark on the summer just ahead. While creating this inexpensive organizational masterpiece, I can just feel my anticipation building for the summer and the fun we will have together. When the calendar is unveiled to the kids each year, they are positively thrilled ... Visit Simply Fun Families to learn how I make this handy, fun boosting, homemade calendar at http://simplyfunfamilies.com/the-only-summer-fun-calendar-you-will-ever-need/

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    1. Your calendar looks great Karen! Looks like a fun summer!

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