Ask Anna: 5 Tips for Summer Organization

by Anna MoseleyJune 24, 2016

Summer is in full swing, the kids are running around, toys are everywhere, and hopefully I’m not the only one thinking there’s got to be a better way to keep track of this stuff! Today I’m going to share a few tips for how to organize the plethora of outdoor items that abound during the summer, from pool toys, towels, outdoor games, etc. Rest assured, these tips all come from my own experience of looking around my yard and wanting to rip my hair out…

1. Pool toys

Pool toys are the worst! I don’t know how, but they always end up everywhere. A few years ago I came up with the idea to use a 3-drawer organizer which has been a huge help in keeping the toys organized. Each of the drawers are labeled so that the kids know where to find things, and most importantly, where to put them back.

A hamper for pool toys
I even have a drawer for goggles because it never fails that someone forget theirs when they come over!
Hamper for Pool Toys
In the few years that we’ve had a pool I’ve also learned that noodles, if left in the water all summer long, will disintegrate and leave pieces of plastic floating all over the pool. This year I decided to use a hamper to store them, so when we’re done in the pool, we gather them up and toss them in the hamper. This keeps them organized and will help them last longer.

2. Sunscreen

Even if you don’t have a pool, it’s important to always have sunscreen sitting out during the summer, available for you kids and guests. Find a cute caddy, and put your sunscreen in it, then set it out in a prominent location so everyone remembers to put it on before heading outside.
Basket for Sunscreen

3. Towels

Whether you’re running in the sprinklers, playing in the dirt, or swimming in the pool, having towels available is a must. We used to store our towels upstairs with our linens but then we’d always forget to bring one down with us. This year I bought this cute basket at Target, rolled all my towels up, put them in the basket and placed them by the door. Now every time we head outside, we grab a towel on our way out.
Hamper of Towels

4. Other Random Toys

We also have a lot of other random play things that see a lot of action when the weather is nice, such as sidewalk chalk, sprinklers, bubble blowers, bike helmets and more! To store all these random toys I use a metal cabinet that I bought at an antique store. I know they sell lots of expensive storage cabinets at the hardware store but I recommend finding something like this at a garage sale or thrift store to cut cost. It doesn’t need to be pretty, after all, it’s just hanging out in the garage.

To organize all the toys, label individual containers and set them on the shelves. This makes it easy for kids to find their toys and also keep them organized because they know where to put them away.

5. Large Toys

For large toys, like bikes, snowboards, etc., utilize the vertical space in your garage.
A couple years ago I purchased some hooks and bike hanger and it has been great having additional room on the garage floor, now that they’re all hanging on the wall.

These are all the outdoor organization tips that have helped me from ripping my hair out this summer, but I’d love to hear your ideas! I know the topic of organizing kids’ toys is a big one so let’s start a conversation! How do you organize your kids’ toys? Or is there something that you’re having trouble organizing? Leave me a comment, I’d love to help you out!

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Anna Moseley
Anna is the owner and creator of the AskAnna blog. Her blog provides creative ideas for everything ranging from decorating to home DIY to cleaning and organizing. Her eye for detail transforms everyday projects into beautiful yet practical solutions.

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