Summer is coming… and for a lot of people, it’s their favorite season. But I hear from a lot of moms of school-age kids that summer has become a nightmare. The change in routine, plus having a lot more people hanging around the house for a lot more hours every day, means an OVERWHELMING MESS for a lot of moms.
I really believe it doesn’t have to be this way. I have three kids – at three very different ages and stages and I have a couple secrets to keep us happy and thriving through the summer.
Not surprisingly, the best secret is knowing how to reset the house daily. This is something I learned as an art teacher of close to 600 students coming through my classroom weekly. Every single hour we did a reset of the classroom so the next group of kids were able to have the same experience as the first group. The power of a reset shouldn’t be underestimated. I have CLUTTER on my daily cleaning tasks and find that spending 5-10 minutes a day (max) on clutter is all it takes to get everything back to square one.
Have a routine and stick with it. A routine can be as simple as putting dishes in the dishwasher after meals and making beds. But the magic is in the repetition and just continuing on. The summer is the perfect time to reinforce or start habits and help your kids learn how to successfully master household tasks. Start early – you won’t regret it!
Get out of the house. If you aren’t IN the house, you aren’t messing it up. Do a quick tidy or clean up and then go for a walk, go to the library, go to the pool, sit outside and read a book, eat lunch outside, go to a museum, learn a new hobby or skill…. I am all for summer bucket lists but I like to do them in reverse – we talk about some things we want to do and then as we do them we write them down. I don’t want to get to the end of the summer and see what we didn’t get to, I want to see what we did!
I know that the reason my routine works so well is not because I’m obsessed with cleaning. It’s because we as a family have a solid foundation. Need a little more direction or want to take a simple, hands-on course to help you get started? I put my course, Jumpstart Your Routine on *flash sale* to help you get started. Regardless of if you need to reset your home for the summer or if you’ve been dealing with this all-consuming feeling that you can’t get come up for air let alone clean a room for a long time. If you’re the person out there that’s done with it and doesn’t want to feel like this anymore, this course is for you.
Through Friday, May 17th Jumpstart Your Routine is priced at just $54.99 (no coupon code needed) – the regular price is $99
(Full disclosure: The price this week is about 3x LESS than what it is when it’s re-launched.)
As an added bonus, I will be doing 2 live Q+A sessions in the private Facebook group to help you get started the week of May 20th – the sessions will be May 20th and May 23rd. I can’t wait to see you in there! We’ll be talking all about summer routines, the course, and I’ll be helping you get started!