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Getting Organized for Summer: Routines

Getting Organized for Summer: Routines at JustAGirlandHerBlog.com

It’s Monday again! But it’s just not any Monday in our house– it’s the first Monday of summer vacation! Con finished up preschool last week, so we’re done with school until he heads off to Kindergarten in the fall. (Don’t even get me started. I’m going to be a basket case. 😉 )

I wanted to make sure we made the most of our time this summer, so I began getting organized right off the bat.

I have done different things in the past to try to add a little bit of structure to our summer days so that we don’t waste them away watching TV or playing the “I’m borrrrrreeeddd!!!” game, and this year I decided to focus on our morning and evening routines.

I feel like if we can get certain things done in the morning and evening times, it will set us up for success for the rest of our day, so of course I did what I always do when I want to get something organized: I made a pretty little printable!

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This was so super simple, you guys! I just sat down for a few minutes and thought of the things that I would most like the Cs and I to get done in our day.

Most of the items were a logical fit for either morning or evening, so I just plugged them in in the appropriate spaces in an order that made sense and hung my chart in a visible location so we could refer to it often.

I kept it to five items in the morning and five items in the evening so it wouldn’t get overwhelming. Depending on your situation, you may want to trim it down to even 2 or 3!

Getting Organized for Summer: Routines at JustAGirlandHerBlog.com

For our morning, I decided on taking a few minutes to straighten our rooms and make the beds. (“Making the beds” is a very loose term for the Cs since Caleb is 2 and can barely reach and Connor is on the top bunk. Basically if their covers are off the floor, I’m happy 😉 )

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Then I’m hoping to do a little devotion with them each morning with our breakfast from one of their children’s Bibles.

I would love to exercise in the mornings– a lot of times the Cs will “exercise” with me or play with their toys right under my feet. I think I work in some extra reps trying to avoid stepping on them. 🙂

I am forever trying to do better at keeping up with the cleaning so I fit that in, and then I’ll get showered, and we’ll all get dressed and ready for the day!

Getting Organized for Summer: Routines at JustAGirlandHerBlog.com

In the evening the plan is for the Cs to clean up their toys in our main living area while D and I take care of the after-dinner cleanup.

They get to watch one show, then jump in the bath and brush their teeth {not at the same time, :)}. After that it’s reading time and to off to bed for them, and I want to make sure I make my to-do list for the next day before I go to sleep. (I use a time-blocking system for my to-do list. You can find a printable version here.)

Getting Organized for Summer: Routines at JustAGirlandHerBlog.com

Now we have purposefully left our summer pretty wide open since I will be having surgery in a few months, so we will have time to get a bunch of stuff accomplished in the mornings. (I hope!)

If you are working full time outside the home or you have an infant or have a lot of commitments during the day, your list might consist of getting everybody fed, dressed, and out the door, and that’s perfect!

Every family will have different schedules, needs, and priorities, which is why I left the printable so open for interpretation!

I hope this little tool will be a helpful one for getting your summer off on the right track! And even if you’re finding this well into your summer vacation, it’s never too late to start!

I think that having some structure in the morning and evening times and getting the “big” to-do list items out of the way is so essential to making the rest of the day go smoothly, so hopefully with this list as our little reminder, we will be able to able to have a fun and productive summer!

(And if you have some house projects planned this summer, be sure to grab our summer project planning printables too!)

Thanks so much for following along! Have a wonderful day!

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17 Comments

  1. Love this printable! Very practical- I have been sharing on summer routines and working on ours and can’t wait to incorporate this. Thanks!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Keri! I just popped over to check out your quiet time boxes– brilliant, my friend! Hope you have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  2. Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods says:

    I am so doing this for our summer routine! Even though it’s summertime it is still important to have a bit of structure. 😉

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~ Ashley

    1. justagirlabby says:

      I totally agree! I find that if I don’t set up some sort of system in advance, we just end up watching too much TV or walking around the house saying, “I’m bored!” Lol. Plus it gives me an excuse to make another list! 🙂 Have a great week, friend!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Kim {Pinspired Home} says:

    I love this!
    The other day, I sat down with Kiddo and planned out a few things I wanted us to do that morning, and things went so smoothly! We already have a basic “routine” that we’re in, but I need to be more purposeful about it. Thanks for the free printable to get me started!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      You know me and my type-Aness– all about routine, lol! Hope you guys are having a great start to your summer! Have a wonderful weekend, Kim!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Janet Olson says:

    Thanks! Always looking for good ways to get routines down. Came here from Tutorials & Tips party.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much for popping over, Janet! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  5. This is such a great idea! We finished our school year a few weeks ago and I can already tell that I am going to have to add some structure to our days. Thanks so much for sharing such a great tool.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Nikki! I hear ya– I’m always tempted to throw structure to the wind in the summer, but I find that we enjoy it more if we have some basic guidelines in place! (Maybe that’s just my type-A self coming out, lol!) Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  6. Krista @ the happy housie says:

    It is so helpful to have a routine for summer! Otherwise the days can really get away on you – structure is so helpful. Great Printables!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, friend! Are you counting down the days to the end of the school year yet? It’s coming up!! I’m sure it will be so nice to have that time! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  7. Jen @ Migonis Home says:

    With both kids home now I find we definitely need structure too… 4/5 days of the week we’ll run an errand in the morning b/c I find they are so much happier if they get out of the house. I’ve also been trying to run with the double jogging stroller to punish myself, I mean, exercise before AJ gets home so I don’t waste my precious hour that he takes the kids on running when I could be doing that with them (whereas I can’t be blogging or making over a piece of furniture with them as easily).
    I try to divide my day into two categories: “everything I can do with kids” and “everything that I can’t do with kids”. Then, if we are going to run errands we usually do those first thing (like 8am ish after AJ leaves for school). The kids are at their best first thing in the morning so that works out well. 🙂
    Great work getting yourself organized, Abby! 🙂

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  9. Jessi @ Practically Functional says:

    Love it! Great way to get organized! Just stopping by to pin this and let you know I featured it on my blog today! Thanks for sharing at the Creativity Unleashed link party!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you SO much for the feature, Jessi!! I am honored! Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

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