It is a strange feeling to be at the half way point of 2019. Where did the time go? Well, one place for sure is that lots of time has been spent organizing and refreshing our outlook not only on our spaces but our attitudes as well. I’ve had a blast clearing clutter and getting down to some serious overhauls of my home and my habits so far. I am energized and ready to keep this party going. I hope these suggestions and fun tips and links keep you motivated as well.
For our June top 5 organizing ideas keep in mind that all that we will do this month will be in preparation for a more leisurely summer ahead. The theme for June is all about TIME. Whether creating it, saving it or using it wisely TIME is on our side.
“There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So, you'd better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you'll never understand what it's saying.” ― Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
The first task is about engaging the kids to help now that they will be home for the summer. The best way to start would be to create a “chore list”. This can be done either by family member or by tasks. Use your best judgment here and make it as easy and time effective as you can for everyone, with a bunch of fun thrown in for motivation. After all, you are not the only person living and using the house and the yard. Click here if you need some great ideas to help you along. Saving time this summer is what it's all about in order to free up more time for lots of fun instead of chores. Check this site out.
The second task picks up on something we did in May and that was cleaning and organizing sports equipment and summer equipment for the fun we were anticipating. This month let’s get down to it with our focus on food and games. Let me just say if you no longer have young ones at home or at all plan for these activities to be more “adult” focused and friendly. No reason adulating can't be fun. Now that the better outdoor weather is finally here let’s get the yard set up for eating by setting up picnic tables, chairs, BBQ and storage for pillows, grilling utensils and beverages. For the sports enthusiasts how about setting up for volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, Boche ball, that tiny blow up swimming pool, fresh sand for the sandbox. Whatever your pleasure let’s get it outside and ready for friends to share. Maybe throw new outdoor pillows on the chairs or string some star lights across the deck rail. Every little touch of special counts.
The third task idea comes in the form of a double check. If you have plans for a vacation or are hosting a summer party or going away for the day to a party this summer or a day trip double check with hosts, guests and travel agents to make sure all the details are in place. I can’t count how many times I had every intention of confirming my plans and learned when it was too late that I should always make it a priority to check and double check my itinerary and speak with someone as often as I can. Set it on your calendar to confirm along the way at least once every 2-3 weeks or as needed.
Number four on our June organizing list is to get outside and breathe. Make your well-being a priority this month. June 2nd is National Trails Day. You have worked so hard organizing and getting out the clutter, you deserve at least one day to see how mother nature does it. Don’t forget to organize a back pack so that you have some much-needed supplies with you like insect repellent, change of clothes or at least socks, snacks, mini medic kit and of course water. Click here for a list of hiking trails in your state.
And finally, now that the BBQ and fun in the sun is ready to go June 10 is National Herbs and Spices day. All the herbs we planted way back in February/March should be ready to enjoy. If not, make a day of going to your local garden center and choosing herbs that will last all summer long to make your foods taste fresh and healthy. For suggestions on how to use your herbs and spices check this out. Also, check with your local town hall or town calendar to help you plan your outdoor fun away from home. Each town should have a calendar of events that help you pick and choose the fun you like. Visiting a new area? Check with their calendar of events as well so you are not stuck in one place for your entire visit.
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ― Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married
Call to Action
In what ways do you enjoy leisure time?
How is what you do considered a waste of time or time well spent?
What part of the year to you wish you could control time?
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