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Quick Tip: Storing Summer Gear Together for Easy Access

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source: Lin Pernille Photography

source: Lin Pernille Photography

Although summer is an easier season than winter in many ways, I find that we still have a lot of gear – sunscreen, hats, water bottles, bathing suits, towels, bubbles, chalk and so on.

Rather than keeping these items in their “proper” places – i.e., bathing suits with the clothes, towels in the linen closet, sunscreen in the bathroom, et cetera – I use a large basket in our front closet to keep most of what we need in a single location where it’s easy to find and easy to get to.

Having everything together means that when my girls want to go outside, it’s no longer a 20-minute ordeal to find and gather everything we need before we head out. And I use a plastic tote so that I can just grab it and take it outside with us without worrying about whether it will end up dirty.

Whether your favorite destination is the pool, the park, the library or your backyard, keeping everything you need in one place makes it easier to get out the door. Just remember to restock it at the end of each day!

Mandi Ehman at Organizing Your Way

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Mandi Ehman

Hi. My name is Mandi and I’m an organizing junkie. I’m also a wife, and Momma to four little girls (5.5, 4, 2.5 and a baby!). I've worked at home since our oldest was a baby, and like a lot of other moms, my life is a constant balancing act of caring for my family and my home, meeting my obligations and finding time for hobbies in there somewhere. Oh, yeah, in the interest of full disclosure, I’m somewhat of a kitchen dunce and I only like to pretend that I’m crafty. Read more here!

3 Responses to “ Quick Tip: Storing Summer Gear Together for Easy Access ”

  1. Great idea, Mandi. I’ll use it, too :)


  2. We have a basket at the back door for all of our outside fun toys. Like bubbles, jump ropes, and balls. I have a bag at the door for the beach and the pool too.
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  3. It’s the restocking part that alwasys seems to give folks trouble. You set up a system, but then it’s not maintained and falls apart.


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