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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer Supplies Organized | Family Economics

By Trisha

Summer is here, and for our family that means lots of park days, pool time, day trips and backyard playing. This also means lots of supplies to pack and keep organized. Over the years I have discovered helpful tips that keep our summer supplies organized and ready for fun.

1.    Picnic ready: Having a packed and prepared picnic basket inspires us to eat more meals outside in the park or at the playground and ready for our day trips. Keep your picnic basket filled with paper plates, plastic silverware, cups, napkins, wet wipes, garbage bag, washable tablecloth or blanket and a few non-perishable snacks.

2.    Beach bag: When the heat gets unbearable, it’s time to head to the pool with your beach bag. Pack it ahead of time fill with:
o    Towels
o    Sunscreen
o    Water
o    First-aid kit
o    Pool toys
o    Goggles
o    Sunglasses
o    Hats
o    Swim cover-ups
o    Change of clothes
o    Coin purse with change to use at snack bar or vending machines
o    Wet wipes

3.    Basket to go:  If you spend a lot of time in your car during the summer months you might consider purchasing an extra laundry basket for your car filled with necessities, such as:
o    Change of clothing
o    Wet wipes
o    Roll of paper towels
o    Drinks
o    Snacks
o    Towels or blankets
o    Light weight jackets
o    Sand toys
o    Travel games
o    Books and magazines for you and your children

4.    “Snack attack” bucket: Tired of hearing “I’m hungry, can I have a snack?” Then create a snack attack bin for your kids. You can use either a basket or a container with a lid. Fill it with snacks that your kids are allowed to access when given permission. This is also great to grab and take with you in the car.

5.    Outdoor storage: Summer means piles of water toys, balls and sand toys littering the yard. Create a simple place for your kids to store these items in your backyard with the use of clean garbage cans. You could have one and mix everything together, or have designated ones that you label with signs that say water toys, sand toys, sports equipment etc. You can even get the garbage cans on wheels so that your kids can easily move these around both during play and when it is time to clean up.

How do you organize all your summer supplies for a fun-filled summer?

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On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, Momisbestjob wrote

Great ideas!! I have a bin for my ready to go picnic basket. I also keep a little broom in it to sweep off benches & tables. I also keep a blanket in my car for those impromptu park stops.

On Thursday, June 30, 2011, GolfGirl from Port Orchard wrote

Great ideas! I want to be organized like that. I have always been meaning to do that... just never make the time. Maybe after the 4th of July! Must put it on my to-do-list!! :)

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