Is you family ready for the end of the school year? Is anyone’s family ever really ready?
Today’s guest is known as “The Organized Mama”. And who better to share tips to help you close out the school year and set yourself up for success for the next AND manage to get the most out of your summer.
Jessica Litman is a wife to an amazing husband, mother to two kiddos & a fur-baby, writer, organizing coach/professional organizer, wanna-be decorator, exclamation-mark enthusiast, and lover of creativity. She is also the founder of The Organized Mama; a professional organizing firm and blog that focuses on teaching families how to lead neat and calmer lives, one drawer at a time.
Jessica joined me to chat about tackling all things organizing when it comes to end of the school year.. What to do with all those unused supplies, outgrown clothing and paper. Oh, the paper!!
The Organized Mama’s End of School Organizing Tips
- Create a dump bin so you can empty out the bags as they come in on the last day of school. That way all that stuff to sort through is corralled in one area.
- When it comes to papers, Jessica recommends pairing down as the year goes by so what remains are the favorites. Then take pictures of those favorites so you can ditch the actual artwork. Jessica even involves her young kiddos in taking the pictures and creating the books.
- For outgrown clothes and backpacks, double check what your kids still will use and what will fit. Jessica does this on the first day of summer vacation. And trust me, you will be so glad you did it early when you want to spend those last days doing fun stuff. Donate any backpacks or outgrown clothing and shoes so your closet and dressers only contain what will be worn and used. This will also make it easier to inventory when you need to school shop in the fall.
- For her summer schedule with her kids, Jessica recommends choosing a blanket theme for the day. Think “water play” or “outing”. This gives you a bit of structure without being too rigid. “Water play” could mean going to a pool or playing in the hose.
- Jessica and I agree that it is important to keep some structure and schedule in your kids summer routine. It will make that transition back to school in the Fall much easier.
- Jessica recommends setting up a summer bucket list to keep track of all those things you want to do as a family. Schedule those activities throughout the summer rather than trying to pack it all in during the last two weeks of break. And Who doesn’t love crossing things off a list?
- Finally, for those of you with kids going to school for the first time, start working on the morning schedule now. Trust us, you need a morning routine and you will be glad you have one. You also will want to set up some sort of collection point for all those papers and clothes. Make sure you make time to pare them down on a regular basis.
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And now for this week’s cocktail…
Vodka Watermelon Cocktails
A refreshing summer cocktail featuring watermelon, coconut water & vodka
- 8 Cups Watermelon, cubed and chilled
- 11.5 Oz Coconut Water
- 4 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 Cup Citurs Vodka
- Fresh Mint Leaves (garnish)
To a blender add watermelon, coconut water and fresh lime juice. Blend until smooth.
Pour mixture into a large pitcher. Add Vodka and stir.
Serve over ice. Garnish with lime wedges and fresh mint.
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