Summer is here and that means days at the pool, relaxed schedules, day camps, activities, late nights and adventures. A little preparation goes a long way in keeping every busy mom organized for these days packed full of fun. In this episode you will find out how to keep your summer bag organized and stocked with all the necessities and more.
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Summer is here. And that means days at the pool, relax schedules, day camps, activities, late nights and plenty adventures. A little preparation can really go a long way in keeping every busy mom organized for these days, packed full of fun. In this episode, you’ll find out how to keep your summer back organized and stocked with all the necessities to have successful summer outings. Hey friends, quick tips that make a big impact in your daily life are my favorite ways to implement systems around the house. I’ve been sharing easy strategies and my go-to organizing products for tip Tuesday on the intentional at Instagram feed for a few years. Now I’m excited to bring it to the podcast with short episodes, answering your questions every Tuesday. If you want me to answer your questions, go to the podcast page on intentional, edit.com and submit your questions there.
Let’s get started on this tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast. Hey friends, thanks for joining me for episode 63. This tip Tuesday episode is all about summer fun and staying organized with your pool bag or the bag that you are taking on all of these little summer activities throughout the day. And the little adventures that hopefully you are getting to do a lot of with your family. A listener submitted this question and I wanted to address it right now at the beginning of summer, because a lot of this is coming up in my coaching sessions. When I’m working one on one with clients in coaching sessions, moms are worried about summer and what’s gonna happen with the different schedule. Sometimes it’s, they’re worried that there’s not enough going on. Sometimes they’re worried they’ve scheduled too much and how to deal with the change in schedule, what chores kids should do.
What, like what does summer really look like to not go crazy as a busy mom with the kids at home a lot. I am going to answer some of these questions coming up in the next few tip Tuesday episodes. If you have questions for me, head over to intentional edit.com and click on that little record now button, and then leave me a message. You can leave a message. It’s just like leaving a voicemail for a friend. It’s so simple. And ask me, what are you thinking about? What are you struggling with? What do you need to know? And then I will answer your question on a future tip Tuesday episode. I also have opened up a couple coaching spots in the coming weeks. I am traveling and I like you guys have a different schedule in the summertime too. So I’ve had some requests for late afternoon, early evening hours for coaching.
And I did open a couple of those slots in the next week or two. So there are coaching spaces available right now. If you have been wanting to get one of those with me, then head over to intentional, edit.com and click on the coaching tab. You can click on the calendar, see what’s available and book a session, and then I will help you solve your problems, help you with your struggles so that you can simplify life. And I can help you create routines and systems and all kinds of things to make life easier and really streamline and simplify so that you can enjoy more and stress less. If that’s something that you have been looking for, then head over to intentional, edit.com and click on the coaching tab in the top menu bar. Now let’s get into this episode. The question that came in said with all the kids home, I’m always scrambling in the summer swim lessons, day camps, classes, going to the pool.
There’s always something missing a forgotten snack or a messy swimsuit, soaking everything in my bag. Is there help for someone like me? Of course, there’s always help. There are always things that you can do to make little changes or little improvements that make life easier. And that’s really what I’m all about. I wanna help you streamline and simplify and ha create routines and have these routines and systems in your home and in your life so that things are easier. So you can really enjoy time with your family, with your favorite people, doing things that you guys want to do, that you enjoy doing together. We get to that point by creating good systems and good routines in terms of summer. And you’re saying I’m scrambling all summer with all of these different things like kids going to camp and swimming lessons, or just going for an afternoon at the pool.
And there always seems to be something missing. There’s a couple things that you can do. First of all, I would say designate a summer bag. If you, it sounds like with what you’re saying, your kids are younger. And mom is really in charge of all this stuff. Designate one bag, one big bag that is going everywhere with you for all these summer activities within that bag, keep it organized. I love those zipper pouches that are a clear kind of a clear mesh looking material, and you can wipe them off. So if you put something in that like a wet bathing suit, it can’t soak through because it’s more of a plasticy material that keeps the wet things in that wet container. Or if the wet things are on the outside, it doesn’t let the things inside become wet. And so those are great. A couple of those, you can order those on Amazon.
I love the ones from the container store, those zipper pouches in different sizes. I even use those for traveling. Get a couple of those. If you have swim stuff, make a checklist for you. Open up your phone, take out the notes app. What do you need for these activities? If a day at the pool means goggles, sunscreen, snacks, beach towels, all those things have that little notes thing on your app, and then pack the bag, leave the bag somewhere at home. If you have a drop zone, a mud room, a hook by the door, leave it somewhere like that and have the things that you need to restock it with close by. So if you are coming home with a beach child, that’s going into the washing machine, then grab another beach child and replace it in there. Same thing with the swimsuits. You can always refer to the notes app on your phone, but another great strategy is when you sign your kids up for these activities and they tell you what has to happen, what are the expectations and what do the kids have to come with every day, put reminders on your phone.
You can set a reminder or you can even schedule it into your calendar, your digital calendar that you look at on your phone, on your computer and make it so that it will give you an alert. It’ll give you that little reminder. So it’ll pop up on your phone and it will tell you that every Thursday for the summer camp that your son has signed up for, they have to bring a swimsuit done. It reminds you and set the reminder to go off at a time when you will still be home. Before you have left, you do this one time for every Thursday of the summer camp, and you have those little added reminders. You can do that for anything. When the email comes to you, or when you get the paper with all the information of what they have to bring, what the requirements are, take a few minutes and plug those into your calendar so that those reminders pop up for you.
And then think about what do you need for the days at the pool? What are all of these things that have to happen? You are going to set up a restocking station somewhere near the door, where you enter and exit your house and wear your bag for all these summer activities is going to go. So you can restock when you get into the house. If your kids are a little older, you can also assign them a little project or a little chore so that they can help with this kind of thing that could be refilling the snacks and have specific snacks that should always go in the bag in a specific section of the pantry. And when you come home, it could be every day or a couple days a week, then that child has the job to get the snacks and refill the snack bag.
Keep, like I mentioned before, with those upper pouches, keep things organized in the bag. You can label them. If you want to stick things on there, when your bag is organized, it will be obvious when something is missing or something is empty. You will know to get another one refill restock, and it really keeps things running smoothly. It keeps your bag stocked, and then you have what you need when you are in these locations and doing these fun activities with your family. I hope those tips help you. And thank you so much for listening to another tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast. You have questions don’t forget to head over to intentional edit.com, click on the record. Now button, leave me a message with your frustrations, your struggles. What’s not working at home. How can I help you get rid of the clutter?
How can I help you get organized or create simple systems and routines in your home to make life easier? I would love to answer your question on a future tip Tuesday episode. And if you are hoping to get a coaching session with me, I did add a couple more for the upcoming two or three weeks. There’s some in there that you can schedule and that’s at intentional edit.com. Just click on the coaching tab at the top of the page, and you can have access to the calendar right there. You can see what’s available and book a one-on-one coaching session so we can work together to create simplicity in order in your life. Thanks again for listening, I will meet you back here later in the week for another episode of the intentional edit podcast,
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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces. Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life. Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority. While trends come and go organization is always in style!
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