Easy Home Organizing Tips for Summer Fun

Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes the promise of sunny longer days, barbeques, beach trips, and outdoor fun. However, with all the excitement, it’s easy to let our homes become cluttered and disorganized. That’s why I’ve put together some easy home-organizing tips to help you enjoy summer to the fullest.

One great way to start is by decluttering your living space. Go through your closets, drawers, and cabinets, and remove any items you no longer need or use. This will make your home feel more spacious and make it easier to find the things you need when you need them. Plus, you can donate your unwanted items to a local charity, which is a win-win for everyone.

Another easy way to get organized this summer is by creating designated spaces for your belongings. For example, you could set up a designated area for your beach towels, sunscreen, and other summer essentials. This will make it easier to find what you need and help you keep your home clutter-free. With these summer organizing tips, you’ll be able to enjoy all the fun that summer has to offer without worrying about the mess at home.

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Creating a Summer-Friendly Home

Now is the perfect time to get your home organized so you can enjoy the season to the fullest. Here are some easy tips to help you create a summer-friendly home.

Decluttering for the Season

The first step to creating a summer-friendly home is to declutter. Get rid of any items that you no longer need or use, especially seasonal items that you won’t be using during the summer. This will free up valuable storage space and make it easier to find what you need when you need it. I’ve put all of our winter coats and jackets in our bedroom closets. Way in the back!

I have all my winter throws hanging on a ladder in my office. Then we can still use them on a cooler, rainy day but they are out of our living space.

Summer is a great time to have a garage sale so take advantage of your decluttering by making a little money for more summer fun. 

Designating Drop Zones

Designating drop zones is a great way to keep your home organized and clutter-free. You can create drop zones in various areas of your home, such as the entryway, kitchen, and bedroom. These areas should be easily accessible and visible so that you can quickly drop off items and find them later. 

To make drop zones even more effective, I recommend using storage solutions such as baskets, trays, and hooks. This will help keep items organized and prevent them from getting lost or misplaced.

Here are some drop zones that you might want in your home:

  • Hooks in the entry for keys, purse, sun hat, and boating bag
  • Grilling drawer – Organize your tools and all the things you use for outdoor cooking in a kitchen drawer.
  • Summer Essentials Basket – Fill a basket by your backdoor with sunscreen, bug spray, etc. It’s easy to grab and use in your outdoor spaces.
  • Boating Bag – Towels, Extra Sunscreen, Plastic Glasses, Kleenex, Paper Towel, Paper Plates and Napkins. (This would be a beach bag for most)
  • Book Bag – If you like me enjoy reading a regular book in the summertime. Keep the books you get from the library in a bag near the front door.

With the spontaneity of summer, I think it’s important to have easy access to the things you need, especially for daily use. 

Optimizing Outdoor Spaces

Finally, don’t forget to optimize your outdoor spaces for summer fun. This can be as simple as adding some comfortable seating and a few colorful pillows to your patio or balcony. 

Make sure to give all your outdoor furniture a good wash and spruce up your space with some new pillows covered with Sunbrella fabrics. This fabric will hold up in weather and sun and will look good for a very long while. 

You can also create a designated area for outdoor games and activities, such as a volleyball net or a cornhole board. I’m a big lover of vintage and using old barrels and umbrella stands would be perfect for holding sports equipment for your kids or grandkids.

By following these easy tips, you can create a summer-friendly home that is organized, clutter-free, and ready for fun in the sun!

Organizing for Summer Activities

Summer is the perfect time to have fun and enjoy outdoor activities. However, it can be challenging to keep everything organized and ready to go. Here are some easy tips to help you prepare for your summer adventures.

Prepping for Pool & Beach Days

As the temperature rises, so does the desire to hit the beach or pool. To make sure you’re always ready for a spontaneous swim, keep a pool bag packed and ready to go. Fill it with all the essentials, including sunscreen, towels, water bottles, and pool toys. You can also use a waterproof pouch to keep your cell phone and other valuables safe.

Road Trip Readiness

Summer is the perfect time for road trips, but it’s essential to be prepared. Make sure your car is in good condition by getting a tune-up before hitting the road. Create a summer car kit that includes essentials like a first-aid kit, hand sanitizer, snacks, water, and a real map. I enjoy looking at a real map especially when your GPS isn’t cooperating with helping. you bypass traffic issues.

I’m a huge fan of using a trunk organizer. In a recent blog post, I share some of my favorite car organizing that I’m doing for a girls trip. You can find it HERE.

Don’t forget to pack entertainment, such as books or games, to keep everyone occupied during long drives.

Sports and Recreation Gear

Summer is the perfect time to get active and enjoy sports and other recreational activities. Keep all your gear organized by creating a designated storage area. This could be a garage, shed, or even a closet. Use hooks, shelves, and bins to keep everything tidy and easy to find. Make sure to clean and inspect all equipment regularly to ensure it’s in good condition.

If you have a pool or like us water near your home, it’s great to have a pool towel rack or hooks for hanging wet towels outside. 

With these easy organizing tips, you’ll be ready to enjoy all the fun that summer has to offer. Whether you’re hitting the beach, going on a road trip, or playing sports, you’ll be prepared and organized. So grab your pool bag, summer car kit, and sports gear, and let the fun begin!

Maintaining a Summer Routine

Scheduling Summer Fun

One of the things I love most about summer is the freedom to enjoy fun activities with my family. However, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget about important events or appointments. That’s why I like to keep a family calendar to help us stay organized.

I use a simple online calendar that I can access from my phone or computer. I add all of our appointments, events, and activities to the calendar as soon as we make plans. This helps me avoid double-booking or forgetting about important dates.

Creating Chore Charts

Summer is also a great time to get the whole family involved in household chores. To make sure everyone knows what they need to do, I create a summer to-do list.

I like to use a simple to-do list to manage the chores and assign them to each family member. I also include a column for the frequency of each chore (daily, weekly, etc.) so everyone knows when they need to complete their tasks. If “Handy” has a list, he will get it done. We share outdoor chores and Keith has some indoor chores that he has taken on as his own.

Meal Planning and Prep

With all the summer activities and events, it can be easy to fall into the trap of eating out or relying on unhealthy convenience foods. That’s why I like to plan and prep meals ahead of time.

I set aside time every Sunday to create a meal plan for the upcoming week. I also so some meal prep such as chopping vegetables or cooking grains. This helps me save time and money while still enjoying healthy, home-cooked meals. If you head over to Small House Kitchen you will find recipes that I make enough to have multiple meals for later. After a long day on the boat, it’s great to come home and know that something I pulled out of the freezer in the morning is ready to pop in the oven for dinner. 

By maintaining a summer routine with a family calendar, chore chart, and meal planning, I can enjoy all the fun summer has to offer without sacrificing my sanity or health.

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Wrapping Up the Season

Transitioning to Fall

As the end of summer approaches and the lazy summer days are coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about transitioning to fall. This means putting away summer clothes and bringing out warmer clothing, such as sweaters and jackets. I like to use clear plastic storage bins to store my seasonal clothing, so I can easily see what’s inside without having to open each bin.

It’s also a good time to start thinking about winter items, such as snow boots and shovels. I like to take an inventory of my winter gear and make a list of anything I need to purchase before the cold weather arrives.

Reflecting on Summer Memories

As the summer comes to a close, I like to take some time to reflect on all the fun memories I’ve made over the past few months. Whether it was a summer vacation or a weekend spent lounging by the pool, I like to write down my favorite memories in a journal or scrapbook.

Come September it will be a good time to reflect on any goals or resolutions you made at the beginning of the summer. Did you accomplish everything you set out to do? If not, don’t worry – there’s always next summer!

Overall, as the end of summer approaches, it’s important to take some time to reflect on the season and start preparing for the colder months ahead. By staying organized and taking inventory of your seasonal items, you can ensure a smooth transition into fall.

You will also be ahead of the game if you want to join us on our month-long organizing challenge in September!

Peace and Love,

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