8 Summer Organizing Project Ideas

A few days over the past week felt like summer had finally arrived in New England. Along with that great feeling, I have experienced a common theme to my recent discussions with clients. They all seem to be asking: “What projects should be my focus this summer?”

With summer comes a more unpredictable schedule, which can be good, and sometimes challenging. The challenges arise when you feel like you can’t finish a project or task without being enticed by more interesting and fun outside activities.

Project Reminder List

How one of my clients keeps track of priority projects this summer.

One of my clients created this clever poster that contains the list of the priority projects she would like to accomplish this summer.  Her plan is to keep it front and center in her home as a handy reminder.

Do you have a list written down or in the back of your mind that you would like to tackle?

How about checking off a few projects that require you to be outside. Here are some ideas to consider:

    1. Summertime is the perfect time to clear out the garage. Pick a shelf or two at a time to organize. Decide if old sports gear is worth saving. Are there items “strategically placed” out of sight in the garage? If so, consider removing them for good.
    2. When was the last time you cleaned out the outdoor storage shed? Even if you don’t want to discard the lawn mower or the gardening tools, you may benefit from sweeping out the cobwebs and moving the snow blower out of the way. Are there broken planters you should discard or out-of-date seeds? While the kids are playing in the yard, it’s the perfect opportunity to do something productive.
    3. Do you have a camping trip coming up? Before you pack the car, take some time to review all of the camping supplies you have stored. You may be able to lighten the load.
    4. For those rainy days – here are a few projects to consider:
    5. Sort through those piles of paper or mail sitting on the counter or desk. Do some of the papers need to be shredded? Or how about filing paperwork that you’ve been ignoring since you sent in your tax return?
    6. How about clearing out a bookshelf of books no one in the family plans to read again? You can offer to donate them to your local library, or take them to a local book drop-off box. This may also be a great opportunity to ask your kids if there are books on their shelves they have outgrown and are ready to give away to someone else.
    7. Where do you store your photos? Do you have boxes just waiting to be sorted? Take out one box at a time and toss any photos that are blurry, duplicates, or unimportant. While you are at it, decide if the photos you are keeping will be of any interest to you or your family members in the future. If the answer is yes, then keep them in an archive quality box. If the answer is no, give yourself permission to toss them. If you are wondering what to do with all those negatives, you can discard them as well. Modern scanning technology has made negatives obsolete (unless you plan to enlarge an image someday. In that case the negative would be essential).
    8. Start a binder to hold your favorite family recipes. Summertime may allow more time to be creative with fresh, locally grown ingredients. You may also have more time to select and try some new recipes. If they are “keepers” as we say at my house, why not keep them handy in a three-ring binder in the kitchen for future reference.
    9. And, on those days when you need a break from the heat, how about,
    10. Spending an hour or two in the basement where it’s cooler, sorting through an area that needs your attention. You may find some treasures, and you may identify some items that you do not need or want.

    These are just a few ideas that show how summertime can be a good time to focus on a few smaller (or maybe even just one) organizing project that is on your mind.

    What project would you like to accomplish this summer? Please share in the comment section below.

    Ta-Da Tip of the Month

    As a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO), I have access to a number of resources to help my clients complete organizing projects in their homes or offices. Based on the project ideas included in this newsletter, here are a few of my favorites that may help you!

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    If you are looking for additional resources for your summer project of choice, I can probably point you in the right direction. Feel free to contact me.


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