Summer Organization Lifesavers


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Confession.  I’m probably the last person that should write a post on organization.  In fact, if Hubs knew this was the post I was writing, he’d laugh out loud and wonder why on earth I would write about this.

While I may not have come out of the womb a perfectionist or even feign that orderliness comes naturally, I’ve discovered a few tricks that have helped me cope with the extra clutter this season brings.

Whether you’re a naturally gifted organizer or if you’re ok with a few things askew in your home {me!}, these simple summer organization tips will help even the busiest of women balance the extra seasonal “stuff”.

Summer Organization Lifesavers

Color code your summer essentials

You see a towel laying pool side, and question if it belongs to you. You wonder which member of your family left the towel laying on the floor, again.

Those questions would be answered in a heartbeat if your summer essentials were color coded.

By color coding towels, suits, and even swim gear, is an easy way to distinguish who’s at fault for leaving their things behind, and provides family members accountability for the care of their belongings.

Create a picnic station

I don’t know about you, but in the summer months, dishes are the last thing I want to do after a long day.  By creating a picnic station, all paper goods will be kept in one place, ready to use in a moment’s notice.

My picnic station is kept in a basket, filled with paper plates, cups, silverware, and napkins.  Anything we need for an at home picnic night is ready to be used and makes clean up a snap.

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Revamp your morning routine

When you start the day before the kids with a healthy morning routine, you’re able focus on the tasks of the day and increase productivity, therefore leaving you more time to be mom.

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Setting aside 15 minutes a day to dedicate to this series, will help you change and organize your life in ways you never thought possible.  For more information, visit here.


Prepackage snacks

Costco is one of my favorite places on earth {seriously}, and buying in bulk makes summer snacking affordable! To have a stash of grab and go snacks, we simply divide up the food into bags after bringing it home. This simple habit makes life on the go easier to manage!

Create a Warm Weather Wellness Kit

Don’t spend time digging for summer essentials!  Instead, create a Warm Weather Wellness Kit as storage for all of the summer must-haves.   Including sun screen, hand sanitizer, kleenex, band-aids, and bug spray, will alleviate the last minute search for products.  For a complete list of recommended kit contents, visit here.

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About Sarah Ann

Welcome to Faith Along the Way! I am a redeemed child of God and perfectly imperfect in every area of my life. Wife to Hubs, we've battled the storms of Cancer, infertility, adoption & Autism together the past 10 years and praise God for his continued guidance. I hope you'll join us on this journey through life as we trust God with faith along the way.


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    Janell June 10, 2015 (8:39 am)

    Great tips! That makes life easier!

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      Sarah Ann June 11, 2015 (10:44 pm)

      I’m all about making life as easier this summer!

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    Lindsey Smallwood June 10, 2015 (9:31 am)

    Yes! We have a picnic station too – and I keep paper plates on hand for rainy days I don’t want to do dishes. When it’s hot outside, it has to be easy or I get grumpy. Great ideas!

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      Sarah Ann June 11, 2015 (10:43 pm)

      I’m the same way, Lindsey! I LOVE my paper plates!

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    Coupon Gal (Andi) June 10, 2015 (11:12 am)

    i’m just learning to organize myself now – but great tips – all of them! 😀
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      Sarah Ann June 11, 2015 (10:42 pm)

      I’m just learning to organize myself, too! 🙂 It’s been a long struggle of mine!

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    Cheyenne @Rosevine Cottage Girls June 10, 2015 (1:16 pm)

    Great tips! Love the picnic station!!!
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      Sarah Ann June 11, 2015 (10:42 pm)

      I used my picnic station today! Love it!

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    Valerie June 10, 2015 (2:43 pm)

    I love this! I always do my best to be and stay organized but sometimes I fail. I especially love the revamp your morning routine.
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      Sarah Ann June 11, 2015 (10:41 pm)

      I fail all the time at organization, and completely understand! We are works in progress! 🙂

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    Pat Fenner June 10, 2015 (5:05 pm)

    Mandy, I am SO glad you shared this! When my kids were younger I always had a summer schedule, but it went by the wayside…

    With me working this summer (yes, writing at the computer can be aLOT of work!)(but you know that already…) I’m thinking this is not a bad idea to resurrect…

    Thanks so much 🙂
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      Sarah Ann June 11, 2015 (10:39 pm)

      Writing with the kids around can be overwhelming and sometimes I wonder if I am even making sense. 🙂 Have a wonderful summer with your family!

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    Kelly O'Brien June 10, 2015 (7:41 pm)

    Great tips! I love organizational tips! Thanks so much! Visiting from Coffee and conversation Link up! Have a great summer!
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      Sarah Ann June 11, 2015 (10:34 pm)

      I love organizational tips too and I hope they helped!

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    Julie June 17, 2015 (3:30 pm)

    The weather-specific wellness kit is a great idea! Thanks for sharing these tips.
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      Sarah Ann June 21, 2015 (7:26 am)

      It has been a lifesaver for me and so easy to just grab and go. 🙂

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    Sarah Washburn June 18, 2015 (12:19 pm)

    Great ideas … thank you for sharing! ~Sarah (visiting from Radical Femininity)
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      Sarah Ann June 21, 2015 (7:19 am)

      I’m glad they were helpful. I always love organization tips.

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    Clare Speer June 30, 2015 (9:59 am)

    Sarah Ann – You are so organized and such helpful tips!

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      Sarah Ann July 1, 2015 (7:24 am)

      Oh Clare! I am laughing because I am not organized, but just happened to stumble upon a few great ideas!