Posts Tagged ‘summer organizing’

Summertime Scheduling

June 5, 2013

Summer ….don’t you just love summer? It’s a great time to relax, kick back and enjoy all the fun things we can do outside with friends and family; walks in the park, going canoeing, tubing sailing, swimming, attending parades and more.

How do you schedule those fun activities and take care of your household chores and garden?

Make your calendar your best friend. Schedule your daily tasks and make a weekly or bi-weekly household chores list so that you regularly hit all the chores you need to do to keep your home organized. Have the chores be a family affair so that you are not the only one taking care of everything. Share the wealth! Rotate the chores so that each person living in the home has a chance to tackle almost every chore. Having said that, if you have small children you will want to make the chores you assign to them age appropriate. The sooner your children learn to help out around the house the better it will be for you and for them. You are teaching them skills they will have for the rest of their lives!

Scheduling and prioritizing your chores will allow you to have some flex time for all the fun summer time activities in which we all like to participate! One of my favorite summer activities is gardening!

I love to be out in my garden. I have a large flower garden and really enjoy the weeding, clipping, and other chores that go hand in hand with having a lovely garden. I schedule a little gardening time into my day everyday that it’s not pouring rain. I do that so that I continue to enjoy the process and so that I don’t become overwhelmed by the enormity of the task.

If I did not work in my garden consistently I would have more weeds than flowers. The result would be a garden that is not particularly lovely and it would be a monumental chore to get the garden back in shape. Doing a little bit everyday allows me to keep the weeds to a bare minimum, even if I miss a day here or there it’s O.K.

For more information on scheduling household chores you can download The Sample Weekly Cleaning Routine for a small fee from my website.

Summer Fun

June 7, 2012

Someone asked me today if I had started to slow down for the summer. Her question took me by surprise. I realized that I don’t slow down at all during the summer any more. I planned my time differently when my children were in school. Then I did slow down during the summer. We planned lazy days by the beach. Some days we played tennis and others we dedicated to water sports. We spent as much time as we could outside engaged in sports, relaxing in the shade, or playing board games. In other words we had lots of fun and our days were much less structured.

Of course, the organizer in me made sure we still followed a modified daily routine. There are always chores to do but you can make them into games so they become a little less onerous. Here are a few ideas for you.

1. Put on some fun music and ask your children to pick up (put away) their toys while the music is playing. When the music stops the person with the most things picked up or put away gets a reward – something like an extra few minutes riding a bike or an extra story read to them at night.

2. Have your children help you with the laundry. They can pair socks and fold some things like towels. Let them start with the easy items and work up to folding t-shirts.

3. Emptying the dishwasher is another task children can help with – particularly sorting the cutlery.

4. An extra pair of hands or two can be a big help preparing dinner.  Children can measure ingredients and stir them together.

Chores are much more fun and they are done faster when everyone pitches in to help. This also teaches the little ones responsibilty. The faster the chores are completed the sooner everyone can get outside to play – whatever the activity of the day may be.

Fun in the Sun

June 9, 2010

Whenever possible I spend time outside. I am a sunshine girl. I am happiest when the sun is shining. Now that summer is here and it is lovely and warm outside I am even more drawn to the outdoors. I make time to be outside in the garden. I do some of my best thinking when I am out there pulling weeds, trimming plants, and simply enjoying the fruits of my labor. Yes (to answer your question) I do make sure to apply sunblock. I do it everyday and I encourage all of you to do so as well. I am a big believer in sun block and protection. My husband, my mother , and my brother have all had bouts with skin cancer and I am taking no chances. I even wear a hat to shield my face from the direct rays. My sister-in-law bought my husband one of those great shirts that helps to block the sun’s rays. He loves it. It is long sleeved but not hot. It is so important to take this simple precaution before spending time outside. You know what they say “an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure”. So please take the few extra seconds and apply sun block, wear a hat and go out and enjoy the sunshine!