Summer time is fun time! It’s the time we think about letting go of all the routines and the responsibilities and building lots of memories. However, summer fun is best when there is a little organization and preparation. With lots of fun scheduled for your family, you’ll want to get organized!
Family fun begins by knowing all the dates and commitments you and your family have this summer. Start by adding all the upcoming dates on a master month at a glance calendar. Host a family meeting so everyone can add their dates, including holidays, camps, vacations, vacation bible school, birthdays, Father’s Day and more. Be sure each family member has their one most important summer activity on the calendar. Once you see the dates, now its time to set dates to prepare and pack. It’s tempting to have back to back fun, but it can also create a lot of disorganization if your camp stuff is not gathered together or you feel frazzled when setting off on a trip. Make a list and set a time to pack, gather together what is needed, and finalize plans. It takes just a few minutes but is well worth your time. With each summer activity you will have less stress and more fun!
Summer is a time to set simple routines in place. You and your kids can collaborate on technology limits, summer bedtimes and family chores. It can be a time to start new partnerships for responsibilities such as cooking, clean up, laundry and grocery shopping. Examples of easy routines include:
- Lights out for everyone by 10:30 pm.
- Each person does one load of laundry twice a week, including putting their laundry away.
- Sunday night is family dinner night.
- One hour of technology a day for everyone.
- No one is left in the kitchen alone to clean up.
Be specific so everyone is on board with the routine. Establish deadlines so everyone knows when chores should be complete. Work together as a team on family responsibilities means chores get done quicker!
Team work is a top priority for family organizing. Think about what needs to be done as a group and schedule a day and time for you to work together. Small projects broken down into baby steps is an easy way organize. Some of these projects include
- Pantry organizing (toss what is expired, group like the grocery store or by breakfast, snacks, dinner)
- Kids clothes organizing (donate what is too small, place one category of clothes in one drawer, then label the drawer.)
- Toy organizing (one shelf or basket per toy, then label the basket)
A parent and one child can work on these together for an hour and feel a sense of accomplishment. If one hour is too long, set a timer for 20 minutes, three times, and you have accomplished your goal. Set up a reward at the end of your work time to congratulate your team on their successes!
What’s on your list for family fun this summer?