Let’s get ORGANIZED to have a great summer. A bit of preparation in advance can totally set your family up for a fun stress-free summer!
Today’s guest is Julie from The Mom Survival Guide. Julie has been doing more than just “surviving” motherhood for the last 15 years, she has been thriving as a stay at home mom. So to help other moms bypass the learning curve, she created The Mom Survival Guide Website to share what she has learned with moms who are just starting out. Her main focus is home management because she believes that with less mess comes less stress and more freedom to do the fun things in life. Check out her Declutter Checklist – https://themomsurvivalguide.com/declutter-checklist/
Big thanks to our sponsor The Organized Home it’s amazing how just some simple organizing systems can make life SO much easier. Get started today!
In this episode
Making a bucket list
Switching out seasonal items
Switching out toys for younger children
Other things that might interest you
- Julie’s Post: Get out the door faster with kid,
- Julie’s Post: 30 Ideas for a Staycation
- Julie’s Post: 84 Free Kid Activities
- Previous episode on moms having fun for summer
- Summer reading bingo
Producer: Drew Erickson
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[00:00:00.070] – Hilary Erickson
Hey, guys, welcome back to the Pulling Curls Podcast. Today on episode 142, we’re talking about summertime, summertime, some summertime, summertime, and getting organized so that we can have an awesome time. Let’s untangle it.
[00:00:22.950] – Hilary Erickson
Hi, I’m Hilary Erickson, curly head behind the Pulling Curls Podcast, where we untangle pregnancy, parenting, home, and even travel. We know there’s no right answer for every family, but hopefully we can spark some ideas that will work for yours. Life tangled just like my hair.
[00:00:44.710] – Hilary Erickson
[00:00:45.110] – Hilary Erickson
Before we get started, I want to read a recent review that we got. Remember, reviews are like little tiny diamonds that make my day sparkle, and I absolutely love them. I want to thank Emma Hamblin for leaving a review that said great advice and lots of fun. I love Hillary and the Pulling Curls Podcast. She offers helpful advice on pregnancy, life, family and organization skills. She does it with great guests and her amazing sense of humor. I always enjoy listening each week. Thank you so much. Mmhm. I really appreciate it, guys. I love reviews so much. I love them almost as much as a clean house, but not quite. Thank you.
[00:01:14.660] – Hilary Erickson
Today’s guest is the mom behind the Mom Survival Guide, where she teaches moms to thrive, not just survive. She has been a stay at home mom for 15 years and she is helping moms bypass the learning curve. I want to introduce today’s guest, Julie.
[00:01:28.750] – Hilary Erickson
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[00:01:58.690] – Hilary Erickson
Hey, Julie, welcome to the Pulling Curls Podcast.
[00:02:01.110] – Julie
Hilary, thanks for having me.
[00:02:02.870] – Hilary Erickson
Yeah, I am really excited about this. I actually had a guest earlier. We talked about making summer fun for moms, and one of the ways you could do it is organizing, like, just getting prepared for summer.
[00:02:14.240] – Julie
Yeah, definitely. I think that moms want to try to enjoy their summer just as much as they want their kids to. So getting organized beforehand really helps.
[00:02:24.100] – Hilary Erickson
Yeah. I will say I’d been really good about organizing before summer. And then when COVID hit and it was like summer had already started, I was like, it’s like summer and I am not prepared at all. And that made it so much worse for me personally. Right.
[00:02:35.980] – Julie
I can’t tell you how many times we get to the end of summer. And I’m thinking, okay, we didn’t do half the stuff that I wanted to do, so I really do like to get organized beforehand.
[00:02:46.760] – Hilary Erickson
All right. Let’s get some tips for these listeners. What are some good tips to organize for summer? Yeah.
[00:02:51.760] – Julie
So one is just like I said, I can’t tell you how many summers I’ve gotten to the end of summer and thought, oh, my gosh, we didn’t do anything that we were planning to do. So before summer hits, I just like to get some things on my calendar and to do that, I brainstorm with the kids beforehand. So that way we are all kind of on the same page. If they’ve heard of a place that’s fun to go and I haven’t heard of it, they can tell me we make a big list, and then I try to schedule that into our week. So we have a few free things. We’ll have a few places that we go that aren’t free, but we kind of try to get all the good stuff in.
[00:03:25.520] – Hilary Erickson
Yeah. How early do you try and do that bucket list?
[00:03:28.430] – Julie
I mean, if I’m being really good, then I would say I try to do it around April or May, but sometimes it comes down to, oh, we just got back from vacation and we need to have some things to do. But yeah, I would say definitely try to do it in May so that you’re ready to go.
[00:03:44.550] – Hilary Erickson
When are your kids out for school?
[00:03:46.180] – Julie
They get out the first week of June.
[00:03:48.890] – Hilary Erickson
Okay. Yeah, we get out, like, mid May here.
[00:03:51.210] – Julie
Okay. Yeah, that’s nice.
[00:03:52.700] – Hilary Erickson
But we also go back, like, the very end of July.
[00:03:55.580] – Julie
[00:03:56.360] – Hilary Erickson
[00:03:56.630] – Julie
Yeah, we usually start about the second week of August.
[00:04:00.070] – Hilary Erickson
I like that schedule better. Although it’s so hot in Arizona by the end of July.
[00:04:03.470] – Julie
We’re just done. Yeah, I know. Well, it’s hot here, too. It’s humid. So humid in August.
[00:04:09.070] – Hilary Erickson
I’m not sad that we don’t have humidity. I would probably die. Okay, so make a bucket list. What else should Moms be considering doing?
[00:04:16.480] – Julie
I like to declutter all of my winter stuff out of the house and into storage. So if you still have all of your hats and gloves and coats and all those things in your entryway closet, boots. I even like to take my rugs up off the floor, put away my throw blankets, those things. It just saves me time when we’re trying to leave the house. If our entryway is really streamlined, we just have our flip flops in our pool bag in there. And then for the rugs, I take my rugs up because then it takes me 5 seconds just to sweep the floor or mop the floor. And I don’t have to go around anything. So it really saves me time.
[00:04:54.510] – Hilary Erickson
Oh, that’s such a good idea. I mean, here pools are everything in Arizona, but you definitely have to put the pool bag in the spot where the umbrellas and glasses used to be.
[00:05:04.940] – Julie
[00:05:06.070] – Hilary Erickson
[00:05:06.760] – Julie
Otherwise, you’re searching around the house for them.
[00:05:08.800] – Hilary Erickson
And I will say having a pool bag is like a necessity. I don’t know how families just do where they’re just like, let’s go to the pool and they just walk out of the house. I’m like, I missed the sunscreen, the goggles, the things we have.
[00:05:19.380] – Julie
I like having all of it in one spot. All of it’s in the full bag. The sunscreen, the goggles, the flip flops are in the same closet. The towels, everything is right there.
[00:05:29.020] – Hilary Erickson
Yeah. It makes it so much less stressful. Good idea.
[00:05:31.850] – Julie
[00:05:32.300] – Hilary Erickson
Okay. What else should we be preparing activities for your kids to do while you’re at home?
[00:05:36.750] – Julie
Because I’m pretty sure most moms aren’t going to be running their kids places every day. So I like to get all of my art supplies kind of ready to go. If stuff like the markers are dried out, get rid of them, get the new markers in, organize all that so that they have easy access to it. And they’re not constantly asking me, Mom, Where’s this, where is that they know exactly where everything is. And then the toy room. Obviously, my kids have outgrown the toy room, but when they were younger, I always had my toy room organized and labeled so that it was easy for them to clean up at the end of their play session. And then in the garage, just having the balls and the sports equipment and other things like that. Their bikes are accessible to them. So, again, they’re not constantly coming to you and saying, can you help me do this? Can you get this out for me? And where do I put this when I put it away? So everything’s pretty organized.
[00:06:28.580] – Hilary Erickson
Yes. Aiming for self sufficiency as much as possible. I love that idea. And I know when we lived in California, we just didn’t have room for all the toys. And so we rotated, and I think that was a good time to pare down.
[00:06:40.310] – Julie
[00:06:40.750] – Hilary Erickson
And maybe you have to rotate more frequently, but by having less toys, it’s so much easier to clean it up. Less people getting mad. Yeah.
[00:06:47.690] – Julie
I love the rotating toys idea. I think that is the best idea. It makes it so new for them when you bring those toys back out after a month or whatever.
[00:06:57.090] – Hilary Erickson
Yeah. Well, I have so many friends that are like, how do I do it? And I was like, well, I kept them in the garage. Right. But then when we moved to Arizona, I just kept them up high. So I would just swap out a bin, and it made it so easy. Huge fan. Yeah.
[00:07:10.730] – Julie
And using the bins, if you use the bin as just kind of like a toy box, that’s super easy cleaning up for them, too. If you don’t want to get into all the labeling and all that sort of stuff, they just throw it in there. You put the lid on it’s done.
[00:07:23.130] – Hilary Erickson
Yeah. That is so much easier when there’s little people, though.
[00:07:26.030] – Julie
[00:07:33.710] – Hilary Erickson
I really like the idea of promoting self sufficiency and maybe even just taking like ten minutes and think what your kid’s snags usually are and how you can help them because we had a snag that my kid couldn’t get his bike out of the garage very easily. Yeah, we just put in a garage opener. Oh, yeah.
[00:07:50.410] – Julie
[00:07:50.830] – Hilary Erickson
I mean, obviously that is excessive, but it was an everyday, like trying to put his bike away issue and putting in an opener made everything easier.
[00:07:59.610] – Julie
Right. When I do my art supplies during the year, they’re kind of put away because the kids don’t use them as often because they’re at school. But in the summer, I like to pull them out and put them in like one of those roller carts or something like that just so it’s easily accessible for them to get to and put away.
[00:08:14.860] – Hilary Erickson
Yeah, I love those carts. They make it so easy.
[00:08:18.750] – Julie
[00:08:19.400] – Hilary Erickson
And I’ve seen so many cool, like, magnetic things to hang off the sides.
[00:08:22.670] – Julie
[00:08:23.140] – Hilary Erickson
Yeah, I love a cart. All right. Any other tips?
[00:08:26.840] – Julie
One more tip. And I think this is huge. I always recommend having a mom bag because we just talked about how having the pool bag and having all of your stuff ready to go to the pool is great. Also having a bag where you have a few water bottles and snacks, a first aid kit, things like that. Because in the summer we are running errands. We’re kind of out all day with our kids. And so if something happens and you don’t want to have to come home, then having a mom bag is just essential. If your kids are little, you’d want to have a few extra pairs of clothes, maybe in case there’s an accident, things like that. And in your car, even an old towel. If you go to the Creek and everybody gets muddy, having a towel in your car is a good idea. Things like that.
[00:09:08.520] – Hilary Erickson
That’s a great idea for summer. We carry 72 hours kits in our car, but they’re not super accessible and the clothes may not fit. We change it every couple of years. They are basically an emergency. But I love the idea of having just like a summer bin with towels, maybe some bubbles in there, just stuff that you can haul out to the park and everything is more fun. It’s like a Mary Poppins bin, right?
[00:09:29.470] – Julie
Yeah. Frisbees soccer ball, things like that. So you have a free day at the park and just hang out for a while. Picnic blanket.
[00:09:37.100] – Hilary Erickson
I love that idea. Well, these are awesome. Hopefully it’s given people some ideas. I love the idea of decluttering. And Julie, you have a decluttering checklist on your website. We’re going to put that link in the show notes. I do.
[00:09:48.960] – Julie
And your website is the Momsurvival guide.com. Okay.
[00:09:52.290] – Hilary Erickson
So you just go straight there and you guys can download that I think decluttering your house in general. Yes. Just feels real good before.
[00:09:59.230] – Julie
Yeah, it definitely streamlines things.
[00:10:01.990] – Hilary Erickson
I had an impending sense of doom. It would be like the last week of school and you’re like I need to get every single thing done I ever wanted to do. Almost like when you’re having a baby. Yeah.
[00:10:10.470] – Julie
Or when I go on vacation I do that. I want to clean the house from top to bottom before I go on vacation. So when I come home it’s clean. Same thing and you exhaust yourself.
[00:10:18.280] – Hilary Erickson
Yeah. So think about what would help you the most. I know those ideas probably don’t help everybody but think about what could help you and make the summer more enjoyable for you because I think you can really organize and target for that and then it’s just better for everyone.
[00:10:32.120] – Julie
Yeah, it is less work for mom is always good and then go on a girl’s trip. Yeah, go on a girl’s trip. That’s great. I love it. All right.
[00:10:39.160] – Hilary Erickson
Thanks for coming on, Julie.
[00:10:40.390] – Julie
All right. Thank you so much.
[00:10:41.720] – Hilary Erickson
Okay. I hope you guys enjoyed that episode. I think planning at least gives us a little bit more attention into what our plan is going to be even if things don’t go according to plan because kids…. Right?
[00:10:51.240] – Hilary Erickson
Be sure and stay tuned to next week’s episode where I’m talking to my good friend Melissa about being optimistic and especially being optimistic when we’re talking about travel so it’s a good add on to this episode. Do not miss it. See you then.
[00:11:03.140] – Hilary Erickson
Thanks so much for joining us on today’s episode. We know you have lots of options for your ears and we are glad that you chose us. We drop episodes weekly and until next time we hope you have a tangle free day.