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Stay organized this summer with these five organizing tips

09

Jun 2021

5 Organizing Tips For A Fun-Filled Summer

Can you believe the official start of summer is only weeks away? With covid restrictions easing in many places, we are all eager to get back to vacations, beach days, and kids camps. Getting prepared now can help make your summer a relaxing and stress-free time. Here are 5 ways to make sure you are organized and ready for all of the summer fun.

1. Build A Car Kit

Keep the essentials handy by leaving a car kit in your trunk all summer long.

Nothing is worse than getting to the beach or pool and realizing you forgot the sunscreen or towels. With a Summer car kit, you won’t have to worry if you left something at home. Fill a tote bin or container with outdoor necessities like extra clothes, hats, sunscreen, snacks, hand sanitizer, first aid kid, and any other items needed on your day trips. Keep the bin in your trunk or back seat so your kit is with you wherever you go.

2. Make Plans With A Checklist

Keep track of your summer priorities with daily or weekly checklists.

If you’re a busy parent with kids, welcoming back a college student on break, or just trying to take advantage of the long summer days – it can be hard to keep track of all of your plans. Daily and weekly checklists are a great way to remember your gym classes, sports practices, birthday parties, and all of the things you and your family have planned. A printable summer workbook checklist can keep yourself accountable and on track to meet your goals and events.

3. Create Fast Snack Options

Preparing healthy snack options ahead of time will save you stress later.

Time flies when you’re having fun and sometimes hunger can hit when you least expect it. Instead of heading to the nearest drive-thru, prep some freezer friendly foods that you can take out and make in a few minutes. For breakfast, smoothie packs are great on-the-go options. For snacks, easy frozen yogurt bites or DIY freezer Uncrustable sandwiches are popular with everyone and easy to take with you.

4. Pull Seasonal Items Out of Storage

Right now is the best time to take all of your summer essentials out of storage.

Some of your favorite summer items like swimsuits, bikes, warm weather clothing, or pool toys, may be stored away in places like a storage unit. Don’t wait until the last minute to get the summer items you need out of storage. While you’re at it, take cooler weather items you won’t be using for a while and put them away in storage to give yourself more space.

5. Plastic Bins Are Your Best Friend

Plastic bins are perfect for organizing and storing items inside and outside your home.

Stay clutter free this summer by stocking up on inexpensive bins or baskets. Place the bins in your backyard to keep gardening equipment organized for your summer garden, in the garage to store outdoor toys, or inside your home to keep flip flops in one spot. The possibilities are endless with bins or baskets, and you don’t have to break the bank to do so.

Whether your summer is jam packed with plans, or you just see yourself spending some time going to the beach or hanging out with friends or family, make your summer that much better by getting organized ahead of time!


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Learn tips and tricks to make your summer garden in Orlando bloom

24

May 2021

Your Orlando Summer Gardening Guide

Guest Post by Caroline Gray

You’ve got your marigold seeds, columbine, and blanket flowers all ready to put in the ground. If only you could find your spade, trowel, and shovel. They’re probably piled up in the garage, under the bicycles, and other stuff taking up space. By the time you’ve dug out all the rusty tools, you’re probably too tired to dig in the garden.

If you live on a small lot, storing yard and garden equipment at home may be inconvenient (especially because you only use these items a few months out of the year). Renting a storage unit will keep your stuff out of the way until it is time to dig, plant, weed, feed, and water. It will keep you from stepping on the prongs of your rake, and it will keep your tools from rusting.

Guide your way through summer’s gardening season with these helpful hints.

Where Does Your Garden Grow?

Choose a location that gets a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.

Before you dig up the yard for a garden, keep in mind: Not everything grows perfectly everywhere. Flower and vegetable plots must soak up at least six hours of sunlight every day. The plot should also be near a water source (hoses and sprinklers are easier than carrying buckets back and forth). Test the soil to find out what nutrients it needs. You can get a kit at your local garden store or take a sample to the Orange County plant clinic through the University of Florida’s county extension office.

Seeds or Seedlings?

Different seeds require different strategies for optimal growth.

Garden stores are teeming with seeds for whatever flowers, fruits, and veggies strike your fancy. If you go the seed route, note that some types such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, and broccoli are stronger when started in small containers and then transplanted into the ground. Corn, pumpkins, cucumbers, and other “large” seed kernels do well when directly placed into soil beds. You can also buy small seedlings (and larger stems) to place directly into your garden. Don’t throw those plastic trays and pots away when you’re done. Put them in your storage unit for next year.

What to Grow

Look for varieties that can withstand Orlando’s high summer temperatures.

The heat and humidity of Orlando summers determine the types of flowers and vegetables that will thrive. Flowers that can handle Orlando’s summertime heat come in a variety of colors, from annuals to perennials. Summer bedding plants to consider? Torenia and zinnias are colorful annuals that stand out against pretty foliage. Scarlet salvia is a perennial that does well in tropical climates. Pentas lanceolata keeps its bright colors in summer while producing pink, red, and white blooms to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Vegetables that can handle high temperatures include:

  • Okra
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Southern peas
  • Malabar spinach.

Weekly Care

Your garden will require plenty of water and care during the summer months.

Gardens need a weekly tune-up to stay productive. If you care for it while you’re caring for your Orlando lawn, they’ll add to your curb appeal and increase your property value. Keep in mind: The curb appeal drops if you leave the garden tools scattered on the lawn.

Weeding and watering are the main tasks, and it is a good idea to pinch off dead blooms and leaves. While you’re caring for the lawn and garden, take care of yourself by wearing a sunhat, sunscreen, gloves, and insect repellant. Drink a lot of water and take shade breaks.

Ready For Summer?

With so many things on your to-do list, getting organized before summer can help you get started gardening a lot sooner. Plus, with that stuff you’re not using — such as your wheelbarrow and rakes– in storage, there’s less clutter and more chance you’ll find what you need when you need it. You dig?


Caroline Gray is a freelance journalist who balances writing for newspapers and blogs with taking care of a 5-acre ranch. She finds it tough to part with any of her garden tools but says it can’t be hoarding if they’re all meticulously placed on pegboard hooks.