Where's the Sunblock?: Organizing for Summer Fun

Published Tuesday, June 26, 2012 8:28 PM

Nothing derails summer fun faster than forgetting your sunblock for a day at the beach. And arriving at the pool party sans bathing suit? A definite buzzkill. Take time to organize yourself for maximum summer fun; a well-stocked pool bag is worth its weight in gold.

Summer Staples: Hot summer days mean sunblock is your best friend. Stock up online for the best deals and check ratings before you buy: Not all blocks are rated effective by Consumer Reports. Buy enough to last the summer so you don't need to settle for over-priced convenience store options in a pinch. Consider purchasing travel sizes to keep in your hand bag or the car so you're never caught unprotected. Ditto for other summer must-haves like bug spray, citronella candles, aloe and other remedies for sunburns.

Summer Bag: Create a designated to-go bag for every member of the family. Store sunblock, goggles, sun hats, beach and pool passes and other must-have items here. Take time to restock the bag each night so when a friend calls for a last minute dip, you can grab the bag and go, confident that all your needs are close at hand.

Summer Swap: Makeover your hall closet or mudroom into your summer command central. Swap out school backpacks and spring sports gear for summer items like beach towels, sun hats and summer gear such as tennis rackets, boogie boards and life jackets. Create a caddy that houses sunblock, band aids, bug spray, etc. so family members can help themselves. Task hanging sweater organizers or bins with storing rolled up beach towels, sun hats, goggles, etc.

Summer Sand Trap: Summer means wet suits and towels at the end of a beach day so be prepared to corral the sandy stuff. Designate an outside spot to hose off sandy items and use a coat rack protected with outdoor paint for hanging wet suits and towels to dry. Apartment dwellers may want to place an attractive rattan hamper near the front door to capture sandy, wet items.

Summer Savings: Theme park trips, ice cream outings and summer blockbusters can all add up quickly. Ward off empty-wallet syndrome by clipping coupons and taking advantage of promotions. Designate a small wallet or pouch to keep savings offers close at hand. Your bank account will thank you.

Summer Slow Down: Perhaps our best organizing tip is to carve time out of your calendar to enjoy slow summer days. Consider breaking your vacation into bite-sized pieces so you enjoy a series of long weekends versus one longer break. Or take advantage of daylight's longer hours to add a leisurely after-dinner stroll to your routine. Soak up the slow pace; downtime make summertime special.

Happy summer!


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