Keeping it together during the summer craziness


Our life is chaos right now. You won’t hear me complaining though, because I love every minute of it! Well, maybe not every minute… but most of them. It’s summer vacation, so our kids are out of school. We’re still dealing with Max’s long-term mystery illness. We’re planning a five-month adventure to Europe in November and our renters move into our house in September. So we’re selling a ton of stuff and packing the rest. Oh, and all three of our kiddos are playing baseball this summer, so we pretty much have baseball seven days a week!

Take all of that, and add to it the fact that we are also excited to do all the activities on our summer bucket list, and you can understand how crazy our summer is. Josh and I often talk about slowing down and cutting things out. I’d happily cut out Max being sick and all the time and money and sleep we’ve lost over it, but everything else on the list… well, those things aren’t going anywhere.instagram summer fun

You see, we’re crammers. We want to cram as much fun and adventure into every day as we can. So that means that our life is chaotic… and our sink is pretty much always full of dirty dishes. And I’m okay with that. And I have a feeling that you might be a crammer too. And we crammers have to stay organized or we’ll lose our minds in all the chaos! Here are some ways we’re staying organized this summer:

Google Calendar – Seriously friends… I would lose my mind if I didn’t have Google Calendar. We have about eight different calendars, and they’re all synced up on both of our iPhones. Josh’s parents also have access to our calendars as they help us tote kids around often.

Summer Bucket List – I’m pretty sure if we didn’t have this amazing list of things that we intentionally set out to do with our family this summer, August would arrive way too quickly and we’d realize that we didn’t actually do anything all summer. We are incredibly busy this summer, but I went ahead and put every single one of our summer bucket list activities on the calendar to make sure we make time to do them all!

Streamlining – I’m a master of efficiency. Every task I do, I’m always trying to find a way to make it more efficient so we can get out the door quicker. One example of this is the snack box. I picked up a plastic container at Target and we keep it loaded with snack bars. When we’re running out the door, we grab the box and we know we always have snacks on hand so nobody gets hangry (and quite a few of the Solars are susceptible to getting hangry). I also keep sunscreen pretty much everywhere... it’s in both of our cars, every baseball bag, our swimming bag, and several different key areas of our house, like, by the back door and in the garage. This ensures that we never walk out the door without sunscreen.

Chores – In the summer, we run our dishwasher about eight hundred times a day approximately. The kids are home all day, every day, which means way more messes to clean up. We put a chore schedule in place for the summer and tied it to the kids’ screen time. This has been incredibly effective in getting them to participate in more cleaning up around the house (and unloading the dishwasher!), which of course means we don’t have to do it all. And that sure saves me some sanity.

These are some of the ways we’re keeping it together this summer. I’d love to hear how your family is managing the chaos of life! Leave a comment below and tell us your secrets for a chance to win a set of Bridgestone tires!

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We set our expectations low when it comes to housework. Especially in the summer, I let the clothes sit in the dryer for four days and we don’t worry too much about the toys all over the living room floor. Because when life is really crazy, something is going to have to wait to get done… and I’ll always nominate the laundry for the first thing to wait.

messy kitchen means more time for summer fun

 

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Jenny (290 Posts)

Jenny Solar is the co-founder of The Happy Family Movement and Phone Monsters, Inc. She's a wife to Josh and mama to three kiddos: Max, Ava, and Lia. She's passionate about creating memorable experiences for her family and inspiring others to do the same.


46 comments
MCantu1019
MCantu1019

I make lists for everything

MCantu1019 at aol dot com

Tabathia B
Tabathia B

I try to make sure that any extracurricular activities aren't overlapping and never put the kids in more than one thing at a time and I keep a detailed calendar


tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

slehan
slehan

I use a great program called Time and Chaos. I helps me keep up with all I have to do. I get everything ready the night before since I don't think well in the mornings.


Thanks for the contest.


slehan at juno dot com 

Cori Westphal
Cori Westphal

I freeze all of our leftovers.  Then twice a month or so, we have "leftover" night where we just have a smorgasbord of all the things we didn't eat!


coriwestphal at msn dot com

DandiDaffyhill
DandiDaffyhill

We try to stick to a weekly routine as much as possible. It makes things run pretty smoothly!

willitara
willitara

I keep lists for everything, even the normal day to day things.  Growing up my only responsibility was school and keeping my room clean. My mom did everything else so I wasn't prepared for normal housecleaning.  I had to make a list of everything that needed to be done from daily dusting to paying bills. I'm also very forgetful so I have multiple keys (because I can't remember where I left them).

Ashley
Ashley

I make lists at the beginning of the day so I don't get so overwhelmed. 

MargotCore
MargotCore

I do have everyone be in charge of a small part of the chaos so that they don't have to even be asked (example, 22 yr. old step son does the trash). For the most part everyone does their tasks. It's the other stuff that is out of control!

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lexiquin
lexiquin

I agree with you about laundry--except, our dryer isn't very efficient! I'm trying to teach my kids (and my husband) to not leave wet clothes in the dryer! If they don't care that their clothes are wrinkled, I don't care either (I'm not going to iron them, tho); but, wet clothes smell! I'm trying not to sweat the small stuff (or, maybe I've just given up! LOL) 

purplelover04
purplelover04

i do not have any tips i just make do with what i have

Anna Pry
Anna Pry

still working on that one! just taking it a day at a time is my best strategy pryfamily5@gmail.com 

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson

I make lists and have reminders, I try to stay on track  as best as possible.


cshell090869 at aol dot com

WildOrchid
WildOrchid

I rely on my google calendar to help remind me and keep me focused on what needs to get done.


Thanks for the chance to win!

wildorchid985 at gmail dot com


heartgirl28
heartgirl28

I try not to put pressure on myself and set small goals.

Melissa M
Melissa M

I keep a planner with me at all times to right down any appointments and things to do. vandenbossche3@hotmail.com 

pungpung
pungpung

i make a list and we help each other.

bellows22
bellows22

we just take each day one by one! No need for chaos! 


debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com 

jennynewcomer
jennynewcomer

We made a big bucket list and then narrowed it down to 6 things...that is helping make the summer a tad bit less crazy and more family time and less driving around on our low tread tires. ;) 

DawnSchmidt
DawnSchmidt

We manage chaos by preparing in advance as much as possible, we have young children so spend a lot of time planning!

mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com


1amypugmire
1amypugmire

I try to stick to a schedule as much as possible and not stress out when things to go as planned. 


amypugmire@live.com

Wanda McHenry
Wanda McHenry

I keep from being overwhelmed by not having a care in the world. I don’t work and retired early and my day is care-free, simple and our lives are happy.

MeandBells
MeandBells

i try to create a schedule for myself and stick to it. i dont get side tracked and try no to let things slow me down like other stresses in my life.

kufishy
kufishy

We fortunately have zero plans this summer, it has been awesome!  We try to have each day with an idea and go from there.  "Mitzvah Monday", "Try something Tuesday", "Wander Wednesday", etc!

bellagirl07
bellagirl07

I keep lists of things that I need to do to help with the summer craziness.

heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

Natalie Yarbrough
Natalie Yarbrough

I try to prepare as much food for weekly dinners on the weekend and then freeze it for the week. I also lie out my clothes for the next day to avoid early morning hassle.

chambanachik
chambanachik

I try to have dinner ready before we call the kids to the table, and get the bath ready before I tell them it's time for one- doing things ahead of time helps our family a lot!


chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com