Are You Ready For Summer?

By Leslie Josel

Summer break is upon us. It can be a busy time for everyone, so here are a handful of tried and true tips to help you make the transition from the structured school year to the less structured summer break. 

End of the School Year Tips
  1. Take time to clean out artwork and old papers when they come home from school at the end of the year. Keep a few of your absolute favorites in a small portfolio and use an app like Artkive to digitally preserve any other artwork. Have a favorite document or piece of writing? Use Genius Scan to scan it and save it digitally forever!
  2. Store leftover school supplies such as markers, pencils, glue, and paper in small clear plastic bins. Make a list of what you have, what you need, and take advantage of end-of-the- school-year sales!
  3. Make a “school stuff” storage station for each child. As soon as school is over, go through all of their bags and sort through the “stuff.” Toss what’s broken or no longer needed and store the rest in a plastic storage bin for next year. Put things like locker shelves and organizers, large binders, hole punches, staplers and other larger items in these storage stations.
Kickoff to Summer Tips
  1. Create a summer job chart. Kids have extra time on their hands over the summer so it’s the perfect time to enlist help around the house. Whether you create the chart together or you make one for them, it’s a perfect opportunity to teach about responsibility.
  2. Make a reading chart. Create a reading chart to encourage them to keep reading and offer a reward or treat when they hit a goal. When the heat is just too much, head to the library for new books!
  3. Make a summer bucket list. At the beginning of every summer we sit down as a family and list the things that we all would like to do before the kids head back to school. Then we make one big master list and check them off as we go! These can be as simples as making ice cream at home or as big as going on a road trip.

Leslie Josel is the Principal of Order out of Chaos, an organizing consulting firm specializing in student organizing. She is the author of What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management and the creator of the award-winning Academic Planner: A Tool for Time ManagementTo learn more, visit

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