Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ten Tips to Organize Your Summer Home

Photo courtesy of The Little Corner
Contrary to that popular holiday tune, summer is "the most wonderful time of the year" with long days filled with sunshine and long weekends at the beach. 

But at times, constant weekend getaways can get a little hectic, so this week I have ten tips to keep your summer home organized.

1. Kick it off right. Prepare a master list, in advance of opening weekend, with all the tasks that will need to be completed to get the house in working order. Assign specific tasks to everyone involved.

2. Pack light. Don’t lug all your toiletries and summer outfits back and forth. Buy duplicates of your favorite toiletries and keep summer staples at your home to eliminate packing and unpacking.

3. Don’t make it a dumping ground. Keep the same rule as you do with your year-round home – only bring in items that you love and will use.

4. Plan an end-of-season purge. Schedule a weekend now, preferably toward the end of the summer, to spend half a day sorting and purging in key areas. You’ll surely find a local charity in need of items you no longer use.

5. Get beach ready. Use labeled bins to create a grab and go station in the entryway of your home with all the essentials you’ll need for the beach. You’ll never search for sunscreen again.

Customizable Bins from Macbeth Collection

6. Organize inside and out. Garages, basements, and tool sheds see lots of action in the summer. Invest in some basic organizational pieces from a company like Monkey Bars, a garage storage system, that will make it through the long haul.

7. Practice reuse when decorating. No need to run out and buy all new accessories for your summer home. Take some time to declutter your year-round home, and you’ll find items to decorate your summer home.

8. Checklist it. To make opening up and closing down for the weekend a cinch, make a simple checklist for you and your guests to reference. Add simple reminders like locking the back door, bringing in deck chairs, and closing all the windows to the list.

9. Clear a travel staging area. No matter how organized you are, there will inevitability be items you’ll need to bring with you for the weekend. Clear a cabinet near your entryway or shelf in your closet to collect those items throughout the busy week.

10. Most of all, make it fun. Go back to the basics and make a list of all the adventures you and your family want to have this summer. Make a poster together and hang it on the wall. You’ll always have a good idea at hand.

1 comment:

  1. This isn't something I've had to deal with as an adult, but when I was growing up my family had a cottage - now I realize how much planning my parents had to do to make our weekly getaways such a pleasure!