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I don’t know about you but when I think about being organized as a parent during the summer it makes my head spin. The boys are out of school and have evening activities (versus school in the daytime) such as football, baseball, and must be attended to during the day (when I usually work when school is in). It’s so much to do with both home and work that it can be hard to keep things manageable.
However, over the years I have adopted some strategies that allow me to keep every aspect of my life organized within the summer while also making sure that the kids make some memories during their summer break. Today, I’m sharing three of my strategies with you and even providing some of my insider tips for implementing them successfully.
Implement Apps (Spoiler: When it Comes to Apps You Can Never Have too Many)
One thing I have learned over the years is that you can never have too many apps. For me, I work from home, I’m a football mom, a fitness lover, and a lifestyle blogger. I wear so many hats and apps have been what keeps me sane. I’ll admit it, I’m an organizational nut!
Have you ever been at practice with the kids and urgently needed to attend to something work related? Do you think taking a summer vacation during the summer is impossible without the kids? Do you feel guilty for even thinking about doing something for yourself during the summer?
I’ve been there and the apps I utilize daily handle all those thoughts. Plus, the book Un**** Yourself played a role in keeping me on the right path to living the life that I want (not the one I used to wish I had). I’m sharing my favorite ones below:
Whenever I talk about apps Habitica always seems to make the list for some reason. I really utilize this app in every aspect of my life. It’s FREE, is EASY to use, and since it’s on my computer or another mobile device during the bulk of my day I get to stay on top of the things that are important.
Habitica is beneficial for health, kid related, cleaning, finance, relationship, or even general family goals. Most recently, Habitica really aided me during my last move. I was able to move in less than a week without losing my mind (I had no idea I was moving).
AccuWeather is my go-to weather app because it allows me to receive real-time alerts about weather conditions. This is especially important during the summertime for me because I need to make sure weekend events are planned accordingly and be prepared for football practice to be cancelled.
Work Apps (Slack, Trello, Skype, Asana)
Having work apps on both my iPad and iPhone are extremely important. For one of my clients, I must be available at short notice to make sure things are handled. Therefore, having the main apps that I must use at work giving me real-time notifications when I’m on the go makes sure that I can get out and do things with the kids during the day during the summer, but also be in the loop with things that need my attention at work.
Nextdoor is one of the newer apps that I have installed, however, it can be beneficial. You are alerted to what’s going on in the neighborhood and can keep current with the events that are taking place. Since this will be my first summer using this app, I am hoping to find it to be a great resource for when I feel like I want to do something with the kids but have nothing planned.
Fitness Apps (My Diet Coach)
During the summer things can get hectic since the kids are around more and the things I would normally do during the school day such as kickboxing and other fitness related activities aren’t able to happen much. It’s easy for things to get out of hand and me to find myself not working out at all for the duration of the summer.
While I do love kickboxing, I have decided that I won’t be renewing my membership in July. I am thinking of switching to MMA classes, but for the summer I will focus on implementing fitness apps into my schedule.
The one I’m using right now is My Diet Coach, which allows me to keep track of calories so on days when I don’t work out I don’t have to worry about eating an excessive number of calories. However, soon I will also have some exercise geared suggestions for you as I am trying out a few to see which ones offer the most benefits.
Start Using Your Phone’s Calendar
Ever since I can reminder I’ve been using a paper calendar. However, since the boys are getting older and want to do more things during the summer, play sports, and I have work and my own personal activities it was just becoming too much to remember to write everything down.
The thing that will keep me the most organized this summer is using my phone’s calendar, which I have been relying exclusively on since my move and partially on since the beginning of the year.
This little hack makes staying organized so much easier. I can access all my other calendars from my phone as well, plus having an alert an hour, or as much as a day, before something is occurring is a huge time savior.
Have a Calendar on Your Fridge
While I do use my phone’s calendar for basically everything that needs to be penciled in I also opted to keep my fridge calendar. (If you haven’t purchased one yet I suggest this one as I’ve had it since August 2017 and it’s still holding up AND the markers that came with it – great value for the money).
The fridge calendar will allow you to stay on top of things this summer because it serves as a visual aid for the kids and since most of the planning for activities take place in the dining room it’s easy to see what days need to be planned out.
I use my fridge calendar as a visual board for family, school, sports, and any other kid-related events.
Stay on Top of Chores
I am a bit OCD. I like having the house organized and with kids home all day on summer days it’s important to stay on top of chores or I’ll literally just be cleaning all day.
To make cleaning less stressful in the summer I like to amp up my cleaning routine where we do more chores per day than during the school year. For example, instead of spending 30 minutes to an hour per day cleaning we may spend 2 hours per day cleaning since high traffic areas will need to be deep cleaned close to daily.
Also, I cut back to doing laundry one day a week instead of virtually every day since their hang out wear consists of just basketball shorts and t-shirts – it’s no risk of someone not having their favorite socks or shirt in the laundry.
Plus, don’t forget to have the kids help with chores, especially when it comes to keeping their room, their bathroom, and keeping the yard visually tidy.
See Also: 5 Ways to Motivate Kids to Do Chores
Final Thoughts on Staying Organized as a Parent This Summer
Remaining organized as a parent during the summer can be a task. However, I find that in order to handle back to school time like a boss it’s important to have some sort of structure to your kids summer if you want the transition back to school to go smoothly.
With these tips, I find that I can be prepared for summer and make it through while keeping everything balanced AND most importantly not losing my mind.
What do you do during the summer to make sure you remain organized?