From the Desk of Clearissa Coward’s Command Center – Via Divinely Organized
So try these tips to get your summer off to a fun and organized start.
- Spend time each Sunday afternoon planning the coming week’s activities for everyone. I love Sunday afternoon planning sessions. Nothing has to be set in stone, but you will at least get a good idea of what your children would like to do during the upcoming week and knowing will help you with planning and accommodating them.
- swimming – if you have small children, organize swimwear and towels in a centralized location – this will make your life easier when everyone is excited and ready to go
- playdates – arrange transportation and times with other parents at the beginning of the week
- park/playground time – ensure snacks and drinks are packed ahead of time – a good tote or cute cooler bag is a summer necessity for these types of trips
- to avoid losing everything learned during the school year, designate a time during each day for crafts and/or reading to each other or even a math quiz – make it fun but make it happen
- chores (yes we must still do chores during the summerJ) – self-explanatory – who is responsible for which chore(s) during the upcoming week? If you make the decisions together and get everyone’s buy-in during the Sunday planning session, it will be easier to enforce/remind during the week
- Create a nerve center
- chores are posted to remind everyone what they have agreed to do
- schedules are posted
- I would color code the schedule by individual to make it easier to see who should be where and when
- meals can also be planned and posted here to make shopping for meals much easier
- you can even take it a step further and pull and post your coupons for the week’s shopping
- Prepare for wet towels and swimsuits
- place 1 colorful basket next to the back door for wet towels that do not make it to the laundry room during the day – you will transport these to the laundry room at the end of the day
- place 2 additional baskets in the laundry room, one for laundered beach or pool towels, and another for laundered swimsuits
- you will keep the swimsuits and beach/pool towels separate from the everyday laundry because you will probably need to launder them daily for use the next day
- complete at least one load of laundry day – more depending on the size of your family to avoid having to spend a beautiful day or warm balmy evening doing lots and lots of laundry – especially wet swimsuits and towels
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