Summertime usually entails a long list of outdoor activities to keep the kids busy and everyone off the couch. But as with most outdoor activities, summertime fun usually means more stuff—stuff in corners, stuff drying on fences, stuff in the yard and stuff all over the house. If you’re not in the market for a house in the Hamptons or didn’t inherit grandma’s beachfront property, you might be looking for some ideas on how to keep your house organized this summer. Here are some of our best tips from SampleHouse for storing your summer stuff:
Most everyone’s summer plans involve a pool, whether it be your own, a neighbor’s or a neighborhood pool. If this sounds like you, make a plan for towel, pool noodle, float and water toy storage. Outdoor baskets, storage benches and even weatherproof cabinets are great for keeping the pool gear (and all its drippy friends) outside and off your kitchen floor. Stock it with fresh towels, plenty of sunscreen, back up floaties and beach balls, ear plugs, a first aid kit and clean, dry indoor clothes. Another great gadget for the porch is a screened room divider that can act as an outdoor changing room to keep wet bathing suits outside and dry kids inside.
Take advantage of all the wall space in the garage and invest in a sturdy wall mounting system for fishing poles, kayaks, canoes, tackle boxes, coolers and all the summer travel gear you can think of. Many different styles are available, many of them ridiculously affordable, and they can help clean up that garage and keep it looking impossibly neat all year. If installing a whole mounting system isn’t in the cards this year, a simple line of sturdy hooks will do wonders for your summertime sanity. Hooks in the garage and even on the fence and back porch can hold towels, bathing suits and any other items you’d rather leave outside.
If you have a mudroom or entryway cubbyhole “drop stop” that normally stores backpacks, jackets, and homework, clear it out and stock it with summertime essentials. Lots of fresh towels, a few pairs of clean flip flops in various sizes, dry T-shirts, sunscreen, sunglasses, life jackets and magazines are just a few things you can store for easy, out-the-door items that every busy family needs between school years.
Summer is built for catching up with your family and friends, so maximize that time and minimize the time spent chasing down bathing suit bottoms and sunglasses. Making the most of your space and planning ahead will save you hours of frustration that you can cash in for a little shuteye in the sun.