Alright, the kids are out of school, you’re getting ready for your summer vacation or just some good ole rest…
But what are you supposed to do when the time off sinks in and you’re left with kiddos running around?
Put them to work!
I’m kidding, but there are ways you and your family can take proactive steps to being sure your home does not suffer from all of the activity.
1. Make a weekly chore list.
Whether you have kids or not, this is a great way to stay on track during the summer months.
Create monthly goals and set aside tasks for each week to meet those goals.
If it is easier, break the monthly goals into weekly goals. Delegate these tasks to members of your family.
It will give your kids less time to nag and it’ll provide you something to do when you would rather sit and do nothing (like the rest of us!).
2. Plan out your meals.
We hear this all the time, but we are bound to save money as well as time if we take a moment to figure out a few meals for the week.
You don’t have to stick to them, but have the ingredients so you are more likely to eat in.
3. Get on a schedule.
Whether you get up and surf the web for a couple hours each morning, come up with a routine for summer if it differs from your normal routine.
It will help you complete all the other tasks you need to get done for the week and the following months.
4. Create space.
Summer is a time where clutter creeps in and normal organization systems fall to the wayside.
Be aware of items that show up that may no longer be useful in the home.
Do you have an old swimsuit that no longer fits?
What about that pair of flip flops you hoped to wear on that one vacation but never did?
Have a place where your family can put their old clothes, shoes, toys, whatever and add that to your weekly/monthly chore list. You’ll be amazed at the newly found space.
5. Stick to the 24 hour rule.
When the day is done, have your family put up their phones and complete a full sweep of the house: communal living spaces (kitchen, living room, bathroom), bedrooms, etc.
Be sure that items used during the day are in their proper places.
Wake up in a home where clean up was done the night before.
I spend quite a bit of time helping clients relocate items based on use.
This summer, pay attention to where certain items are used the most.
I think this is a seasonal endeavor, so what we use in summer is different than what we use in winter.
If a space has accumulated clutter recently, go through those items and take a second to think of where each item is used the most for that part of the year. Put it there!