Organizing for summer vacation

Believe it or not, kids nationwide will start summer break in just a few months. As another school year ends, many parents struggle to keep their kids busy and safe while juggling work and trying to keep their sanity during summer vacations. If you want a fun and relaxing summer for everyone, let’s explore some tips and strategies to help you create an unforgettable summer for the kids and one you can have time for yourself, too! It’s time to start preparing for summer break.

From working schedules to summer camp research, travel planning, and organizing new routines, you have much to do before the bell rings on the last day of school. So, let’s dive in and get you organized for a fun summer with your little ones!

Getting Ready for Summer_ Your Ultimate Guide to Preparation
Getting Ready for Summer


Work Ahead

If you are taking time off from work to be with the kids, now is the time to tie up loose ends and complete as many tasks as possible before diving into the season of fun and relaxation. Embracing automation and scheduling can be invaluable tools in managing your workload efficiently.

Whether it’s finishing up work projects, organizing household chores, or scheduling appointments, getting ahead will alleviate stress and allow you to fully enjoy the summer months without looming deadlines hanging over your head.

Consider delegating tasks where possible and utilizing technology to streamline processes. By staying proactive and organized, you’ll set yourself up for a smooth transition into summer break.


Movies-Video Game Days

Designating a specific day each week for movie marathons or video game extravaganzas can be a fantastic way to create memorable bonding experiences with your kids while enjoying downtime.

TIP: Keep an eye on the weather forecast! On rainy days, when outdoor activities may not be an option, having a planned indoor activity can save the day. Build a fort, bring out the sleeping bags, and have fun.

To make these days even more special, at the start of summer vacation, create a list of must-watch movies or games that the whole family can look forward to. Enhance the experience with themed snacks like homemade popcorn, DIY pizza, or snack platters.

Incorporating these fun traditions into your summer routine will create lasting memories for your family to cherish.


Scheduled Fun

Maintaining a sense of structure and routine during the summer break can benefit parents and children. Plan a weekly “big event,” such as a trip to a nearby amusement park, beach day, or family hike, providing something exciting to look forward to.

Additionally, incorporating smaller activities into your daily schedule, like arts and crafts, nature walks, or baking sessions, can keep the kids engaged and entertained while allowing you to balance work and play.

Consider creating a printable family bucket list together, filled with activities everyone wants to accomplish during the summer. Sticking to these planned activities will ensure a fulfilling and memorable summer break for the whole family.


Bedtime Rules

Our sons are now grown, but as a mother of twins plus one, all boys, I am prejudiced when it comes to sleep and kids, and I was known in the family as the crazy mother when it came to our sleeping routines.

As alluring as late nights and lazy mornings can be, maintaining a consistent bedtime routine for parents and children is essential during summer. Adequate rest is crucial for everyone’s well-being, and getting plenty of quality sleep guarantees you the energy to make the most of each day.

While relaxing bedtime rules during the summer break is tempting, strive to maintain a reasonable bedtime to promote healthy sleep habits.

Consider adjusting bedtime slightly to accommodate longer daylight hours. Add blackout curtains if needed, but aim for consistency to avoid disruptions to sleeping patterns. You’ll set the stage for a productive and enjoyable summer by prioritizing restful sleep.


Easy Meals

Summer is the perfect time to simplify mealtime with light and effortless options that allow you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the outdoors.

Embrace the season’s bounty by incorporating fresh salads, grilled meats, and refreshing sandwiches into your meal rotation. Make the grill your best friend! Let the kids play outside while you prepare and set dinner.

Take advantage of warmer weather by planning brown bag picnics once a week, allowing your family to dine al fresco and soak up the sunshine. If your town offers summer concerts or public events, these would be perfect days to picnic with neighbors and friends.

Meal planning can be your secret weapon for calm and enjoyable dinners, especially during summer vacations. Preplanned meals allow for more spontaneous adventures and quality time with your family. It also allows you to offer more nutritious options, avoiding last-minute grocery store trips and unhealthy fast food choices.

With a well-thought-out meal plan, you can focus on making the most of summer break without worrying about what’s for dinner.

Check out my menu planning tips and printables to streamline your summer meal planning. They’ll make it easier than ever to whip up delicious and nutritious meals for your family.


Housecleaning Help

I know firsthand that maintaining a clean and organized home during the summer is challenging, especially with kids out of school and spending more time indoors.

Consider hiring professional cleaners to tackle the weekly cleaning routine if your budget allows. Even scheduling a cleaning service once a month provides a refreshing reset and frees up more time for outdoor adventures and quality family time.

Investing in the cleanliness and comfort of your home allows you to relax and enjoy the summer without the stress of household chores weighing you down.


Stock Up

With kids home for the summer, keeping your pantry and fridge stocked with plenty of snacks and beverages is essential to fuel their endless energy and appetites.

Consider shopping in bulk quantities of their favorite treats and drinks to ensure you’re always prepared for impromptu gatherings or backyard barbecues.

Allocating a portion of your grocery budget specifically for stocking up on summer essentials can save you from emergency trips to the store and ensure you have everything you need on hand for spontaneous summer adventures.

By proactively replenishing your pantry, you’ll streamline mealtime and snack breaks, allowing you to focus on enjoying your time with your kids instead of running last-minute errands.


Plan a Summer Budget

As you gear up for summer break with your family, remember to include planning a summer budget in your preparation. With the potential for increased expenses on activities, outings, and travel, having a solid financial plan can help you easily navigate the season.

Consider setting aside funds for summer camps, vacations, and entertainment expenses to ensure you can enjoy all the season offers without breaking the bank. Look for ways to save on everyday expenses, such as meal planning and utilizing free or low-cost local attractions.

By proactively managing your finances, you’ll be able to make the most of your summer while staying within your budgetary limits.



Amidst the hustle and bustle of summer activities and outings, it’s crucial to carve out pockets of “white space” in your schedule for relaxation and rejuvenation. Resist the temptation to overschedule your days with back-to-back activities, and instead, prioritize downtime for yourself and your family.

Whether it’s lounging by the pool, enjoying a leisurely bike ride, or simply basking in the sun’s warmth, allowing for moments of tranquility can help recharge your batteries and prevent burnout.

Embrace the beauty of simplicity and embrace the freedom of having unstructured time to unwind and connect with loved ones. By balancing scheduled activities and free time, you’ll ensure a well-rounded and fulfilling summer experience for the entire family.

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