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.
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.
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