The end of the school year is upon us and summer vacation is here. Unless it's sweltering, that means plenty of time spent outdoors whether it's an organized outing or just hopscotch on the front sidewalk. To make sure you don't spend precious moments looking for all the items you'll need, get organized beforehand with these simple tips.
1. Restock your entryway. A change in the seasons means sweaters and jackets can be put away. Flip flops and bathing suits need to make an appearance. Instead of a light jacket, hang a beach towel on each family member's hook for pool and water outings. Bins underneath a bench can hold sunblock and bugspray. For instructions on how to create the organized stenciled look above, check out Martha Stewart.
2. Make buckets. Courtney of Two Straight Lines bought a few matching buckets from IKEA and stocked each with paraphernalia for summer activities. Think sidewalk chalk and bubble solution. When she's ready, she can simply grab a bucket and go!
3. Use totebags. Similar to the bucket idea, Benita of Chez Larsson uses canvas tote bags. Fill them up by item (e.g., bathing suits, flip-flops) or by outing (e.g., picnic, swimming). Benita also keeps an extra large tote bag folded up at the bottom for certain occasions
4. Create a backyard pantry. Jennifer of The Write Start came up with the brilliant idea for a backyard pantry chock full of outdoor equipment and activities. It acts as a command center for all things outdoor in the summer months. No more searching all through the house for that horseshoe set.