School or Zoom School is just about out—these tips will make those unstructured summer days a little more fun and less chaotic.
Set Up a Launch Pad
Are you always standing by the door while someone runs back upstairs because they forgot something? Don’t waste time searching. Create a space where you can keep all your summer essentials by the door.
-Try using a bin to collect all the flip flops
-Try making a bin with sunscreen, OFF, bandaids, water bottles, flashlights, bite spray, Purell, and whatever else you’re finding that you need!
-No hooks? Invest in a coat rack for pool towels and camp backpacks.
Perfect Your Pool (or Beach) Bag.
Organize it with pool toys, sunscreen, and bandaids (not the same ones from the Launch Pad!) Make a Ziplock of small bills, hats, water shoes, sunglasses, goggles, floaters, snacks, towels, and extra Ziplocks for anything super wet that you need to keep separate. (Make it a habit: When you come home quickly organize it for its next use with fresh towels and all!)
Check Your Bikes and Sports Equipment.
Now is the time to find that bike pump! Don’t wait until you need it. If your basketballs or soccer balls are deflated get them ready for someone to grab ‘em and go! You don’t want to start prepping everything for use when there are little eyes waiting for you to finish.
See what your kids need more of: bathing suits, pool towels, raincoats, rain boots.
Before it’s even July make all your kids back to school appointments! (Checkups, dentist, orthodontist, haircuts…) you can always change the date later if your schedule does, but back to school appointments fill up and you’ll be ahead of the game!
Create a “Bored Bin”
Fill it with a sprinkler, chalk, bubbles, kinetic sand, play-doh, jump rope, skip-it (do kids still play with that?) or anything else you find in Target to throw in there! Hide some elsewhere to add to the bin at different points of the summer.
Last but not least…drumroll please!
Buy some aloe and stick it in the fridge. Nothing feels more soothing than putting aloe on a sunburn. If it’s cold from the fridge it’s even better.