Summer is here!  The kids were home a little earlier than expected and with so many activities put on hold we have our top 5 recommendations to prep for summer and ease the stress of managing our households amidst the season we are in.  We may not have as many organized activities to attend, however we are still getting out a little more so being prepped for the summer months, while still managing the coronavirus concerns, adds another layer to getting organized this year. 

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Kids and Your Car

Swap winter weather items such as winter accessories, ice scrapers, and warm blankets and replace with umbrellas, sunscreen and bug spray! For a full list of ideas and a Car Kit see the full list here: www.iheartorganizing.com

Once you have the essentials set and ready, consider what you need to keep the sanitation strong when away from home.  Consider adding a sanitation bin with hand sanitizer / wipes, clorox wipes, masks and bags for anything needing to be contained until cleaned at home. 

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Kids Toys

It’s always a good time at the change of season to edit through toys. It is also a good time to get rid of unnecessary items your kids do not play with anymore.  This is hard for them, so have your kids find 5 things to donate. Then, replace these with 1 summer toy they choose.

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Kids’ dishes, utensils and cups should be placed in a location they can access.  Better yet, assign a daily cup (maybe with their name on it) for each child they can refill as needed.  Sippy cups and water bottles often have parts needed to function.  We recommend sticking to one brand and storing all pieces needed close together.

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“I’m hungry!” We hear it all summer long.  Create a snack bin with food items you let your kids choose from throughout the day anytime they are hungry.  This gives them the freedom to choose, and to feel they have control over this piece of their day to decrease the requests for snacks. 

Do a quick edit removing winter accessories, clothing and too-small items from your closets and dressers.  Split into storage for next winter or donation / sell categories.  Replace these areas with summer clothes, swimsuits and accessories.  While pulling this gear out, check for any items needing repaired or replaced. Then you can add them to your list for immediate action!  We love clear shoe organizers, especially so kids can see where things go.

Let us know how we can help…and remember we offer a FREE assessment with every project!

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