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I have fond memories of summer break as a child; trips to the pool, park and the beach, vacations, activities with our babysitter, sipping on ice cold lemonaid and eating popsicles at super sonic speeds before they melted down our hands and swimsuits. Summer is all about creating memories and soaking up some fun in the sun.

However, having the kids home full-time can be quite the adjustment to many of us. Before the kids are out of school, I like to take a look at a few areas of our home and begin summer break preparations. By creating a few organized zones, the kids are set up for success and have a lot of activity options to select from each day. Here are a few tips for easing into summer break with the kids.

Organized Calendar

Of course we all love our lazy summer days, but summer is also filled with endless commitments and activities. Keep everything and everyone on the same page by hanging a schedule or monthly calendar in a central location. It is a great way to remind the kids about their weekly swimming lessons and keep track of babysitters and play dates.

 

Organized Outdoor Toys

I know my boys would prefer to spend their days outside, and honestly, I am right there with them. Create an area in your garage our backyard to store organized bins prepped and ready for hours of outdoor enjoyment.

 

Organized Beach Bag

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I also recommend pre-packing a mesh bag with swim gear and toys for any last minute trips to the pool or beach.

Organized Auto Kits

Not only does a pre-packed beach bag come in handy on pool and beach days, pre-packing small kits of snacks, travel games, sprays and first aid supplies will also be a sanity saver for frequent car rides and day trips.

 

Organized Snack and Lunch Drawer

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Whether we have plans to head to the park, or decide to stay home for sandwiches and fruit, keeping a drawer or cabinet stocked with pre-made snacks and lunch making supplies ensures the kids are eating healthy and can easily help out during food prep sessions.

 

Organized Toys

For those rainy days, create play baskets for each child filled with a variety of special toys and activities. Swap out the contents of the baskets every couple of days or weeks to keep excitement and surprises for the youngsters.

 

Summer days are also a great opportunity to let imaginations run wild through outdoor explorations and indoor crafting sessions. Set up a small art supply station that encourages your child to grab some clay or paints whenever the mood strikes.

 

Organized Reading Nook

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With creativity and constant play, it is always nice to have a quiet place to curl up with a book. Look for a small nook in your home that could be cozied up with some cushions and a basket or shelves of your child’s favorite reading materials.

I would love to hear if you are doing any additional prior planning and organizing to survive and enjoy the beautiful summer months ahead. Are there certain areas of the home you prep for the kids to prevent boredom and encourage creative play?


Even if your child was not born with the fictitious “organizing gene”, there are basic things that can be done to keep a child’s bedroom tidy and easy to maintain.  The key is to implement systems that are simple enough that your child feels confident in using.  It is also important to consider the number of steps any single chore will take.  Here are my top ten favorite tips for maximizing storage in a kid’s bedroom, as well as providing them with systems that they will enjoy and be able to utilize with ease.

 

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1.  Down under:  Add a set of drawers below the bed to hold off-season clothing, extra bed linens and even toys.  This is especially helpful in shared bedroom set-ups, in which floor space is much more limited.

 

 

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2.  Think up:  Not only does it benefit a space to tap into the unused area under a bed, but it is also smart to think up, and make the most of the space above and around the bed.  Shelving and cabinets provide ample storage for books, collectables and hobby supplies.

 

 

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3.  Keep it accessible:  As I mentioned, the golden rule is to keep organizational systems simple for your child.  When determining storage for items you wish for your child to both access and pick-up, consider their height.  Be sure they are able to easily reach shelves, bins, hooks, hangers, etc… Bookshelves and cubbies are ideal for toy storage as they are low to the ground and will grow with your child over the years.

 

 

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4.  A clothing plan:  Mornings are busy and hectic enough.  Avoid morning struggles of determining your child’s daily wardrobe, by utilizing hooks, labels or shoe pockets to lay out clothing in advance.

 

 

5.  Work it:  As children progress through school, they will begin bringing home more and more homework.  To give them an impactful place to study, mix and match tools and accessories to maximize their given workspace; a pin board for school memos and future assignments, a calendar to manage schedules and dates, plenty of surface space to spread out books and write, a clock to keep track of time and storage for accessories such as pens, pencils, paperclips and headphones.

 

 

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6.  Book club: Kids and books go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Especially if your child enjoys reading in bed while trying to fall asleep.  Slim picture ledges or spice racks allow books to not only be stored in a simple fashion, they also double as playful room decor.

 

 

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7.  Take a seat:  Not only do storage ottomans shine within entryways and living rooms, they boast as storage within children’s rooms as well.  Not only do they provide your child (or their friends) with a place to take a seat, they are great for hiding bulky and unsightly items.  Everything from toys to shoes to extra bedding for weekend sleepovers, ottomans are always a winning solution.

 

 

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8.  Little treasures:  My kids are always collecting things.  Marbles, action figures, rocks… and as they get older, those collections evolve into awards and trophies.  Instead of fighting the growing collections, showcase them on decorative shelves or bookcases.  Smaller items should be displayed out of the reach of little fingers and appreciated from afar.

 

 

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9.  Take a stand:  Create a bedside surface for reading lighting, an alarm clock and a place for a nightly glass of water.  If room space is restricted, a dresser or desk make a great stand-in, multi-functional option.

 

 

10.  Label happy:  Labels work wonders in any organizational situation, but they are especially helpful in kid spaces.  Keep the labels easy to understand with single words or simple images.  The labels create a consistency for your child, and after awhile, putting things back in the correct spot will be second nature.

 

 

 

Honeycomb Shelves / Underbed Drawer / Desk / Storage Bin / Memo Board / Nightstand / Basket Labels / Wire Shelves / Storage Ottoman / Bookshelf

 

More from BHG.com:

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Trend: Multifunctional Credenzas

The credenza is one of my top storage furniture picks because of the endless versatility that it offers.  Today, I am sharing the top eight ways to utilize these multifunctional furniture pieces.

 

One: Dining Room Storage

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The dining room is one of the most common places in which a credenza (also known as a buffet or sideboard) is used as storage.  They are wonderful for stashing away bulky appliances, baskets containing dining decor, linens and accessories and even serving dishes.  The top acts as a prime space for serving up a big Sunday brunch or intimate family dinner.

 

Two: Media Storage

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Credenzas are lovely, unique and statement media stands.  They are a step above big box store options, and often times boasting in character.  Most are designed with a mixture of drawers and cabinets, making them ideal for storing both large components and smaller bins of digital media.  Whether the TV mounted on the wall or set directly on the stand itself, a credenza will provide visual balance and scale to the larger piece of technology.

 

Three:  Shoe Storage

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There is no doubt that a beautiful old credenza will add beauty to your entry.  Especially when it is serving as a way to tuck away and conceal unsightly footwear and cold weather accessories.

 

When using these beautiful pieces as entryway storage, it is a good idea to line the bottom and any shelves with durable shelf liner or shoe trays to protect the finish of the furniture.

 

Four:  School Cubbies

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We personally turned a large, three door credenza into hard-working school cubbies for our children.  We do not have a designated mud-room inside of our front door, therefore, the set of cabinets does takes on many of those tasks.  The large plastic baskets hold footwear, the smaller acts as a charging station for any electronics.  The paper boxes hold daily papers and school supplies and the remaining space stores backpacks and lunch totes.  The doors even act as a command center for staying on top of daily communications, homework and schedules.

 

Five:  Toy Storage

Not only do kids need storage for their daily school gear, but for their play gear as well.  Open faced options keep toys accessible and easy breezy to find and put away, while concealed options keep everything tucked away nice and tidy.

 

Six:  Changing Table

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Fellow Style Spotter, Joni, boasts great storage within her nursery due to the beautiful vintage credenza that she selected.  The cabinet keeps unsightly necessities concealed within organized drawers while the top provides ample space for daily changes and cleanups.

 

Seven: Office Storage

Not only is the credenza shown above beautiful with it’s hand painted chevron treatment, the inside contains a surprising amount of organized office storage.  The size of the cabinet made it an idea candidate for holding those unsightly and bulky office electronics and mailing supplies.

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Eight:  Bar/Serving Station

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By adding a large sideboard within your living area or dining room, it “serves” as the perfect place to hang out during a gathering or happy hour.  The inside can store wines, glassware and serving accessories, and the top can keep the bottles and mixers on display.

 

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