With its warm temps, stellar weather and relaxed vibe, there’s not much to complain about in summertime – except perhaps all the stuff that comes along with it. We’re talking beach toys, towels, flip-flops, bottles of sunblock, swim gear, sports equipment, and awkward pool noodles. If you’re like me, you’re bound to become buried under all this stuff faster than you can say, “Memorial Day barbeque.” Take the time now – before the season really starts gearing up – to organize all of these warm weather essentials so you’ll have more time to relax and enjoy the summer sun.
Tip #1: Create a Summer Station
To keep all of your warm weather supplies in one place, build a summer storage station in your mudroom or garage. Place a few fabric or wicker shelving baskets on a small shelving unit. Label the baskets with different categories for all your summer supplies – like sunscreen, sunglasses, beach toys, or sun hats. Then place a large bin next to the shelving unit for sports equipment and pool toys.
Tip #2: Stock a Swim Tote
Grab the biggest tote bag you can find and stuff it with clean towels, swimsuits and sunglasses. Place it by your “summer station” or in your coat closet. The tote keeps all your swim gear contained so you won’t be stuck searching for your stray shades when you’re ready to jump in the pool. Instead, you can just snatch up the bag and go.
Tip #3: Corral Your Flip-flips
Flip flops are a summertime staple. Yet when every family member has at least one pair (or three), they’re bound to get mixed up or go missing. That’s why you need to corral them all into one space. Try a tin bucket or galvanized pail by your entryway. Tell your family to take off their flip flops and put them in the pail as soon as they walk in the door. You’ll never lose another flip-flop to the void under the couch again.
Tip #4: Make a “Car Kit”
In our family, summertime breeds spontaneity. Make it easy to hop in the car whenever adventure strikes by pre-stocking a kit with all your on-the-go essentials. Place small items – like bug spray, sunscreen, and a container of hand wipes – in a plastic organizing bin. Fill a mesh bag with extra towels, a few beach toys, and a large blanket for an impromptu picnic.
Tip #5: Hang Up Your Wet Stuff
As great as the beach may be, we don’t want it in our home. To avoid the sand trap, place a series of hooks or pegs in an easily accessible place outside your back door or in the garage. Use these hooks for towels, beach chairs, or swimsuits that come home wet and sandy. Hang the items until dry and shake the sand out before you bring them inside.