Be Prepared For a Day at the Beach … or Anywhere!
Want to head out to the park and find yourself scrambling around the house trying to find where the sunscreen was last left? Or the hats?
Summer, with its many outings and camps is a great time to put together a few “grab & go” bags. If you have certain activities you do often, it is worth duplicating some items in order to always have them on hand when you’re ready to go. The bag contains the staples that always need to be there and things like snacks or reading material can be added as needed.
Beach/Pool Bag: bathing suits, sunscreen, goggles, earplugs, towels & hats
Park/Outing Bag: sunscreen, hats, bug repellant, picnic blanket
Day Camp Bag: sunscreen, sunglasses money, hat, light jacket
The key is having a dedicated home where your specialty bags live and remembering to replenish the bags after your outings. Make sure freshly laundered items make their way back into their bags instead of into a dresser or cabinet.
This model of making specialty bags also applies year-round to other activities and not just for kids:
- Sports: uniform, water bottle, sunscreen
- Overnights: toiletries, flashlight,
- Classes: paper, pen, class materials
- Gym/Workout: water bottle, toiletries, snack bars
- Meetings or Committees: notepad, pen, reference materials
- Charging kit: extra phone & computer chargers
It may seem like a bit of extra work, but when your supplies are ready to go, getting out the door quickly keeps you relaxed and able to be spontaneous. Spend your time on your outing instead of stressing out and wasting time searching the house for the park blanket. As an added benefit your kids learn the benefits of being prepared ahead of time!
Sleeping soundly – no worries about clutter.
Everybody knows we need a good night’s sleep to be healthy and productive over the long haul. Being organized can actually help you sleep!
We can see clearly how to help a child get better sleep. We set bedtimes, we create rituals with bath and story time, and we make sure their beds are comfortable and clear so they aren’t distracted. We can use the same techniques for helping us get a good night’s rest.
Have a regular bedtime and wake-up schedule. That way, you can plan for it and put in place some rituals that will help you transition to sleep.
Simple routines at bedtime can help you wind down and quiet your mind.
- Have bath or shower
- Light a candle or use aromatherapy
- Spend a short time reading in bed
- Get the thoughts out – journal or make lists to empty your mind
Treat your bedroom as a sleep sanctuary. Create some separation from your obligations and responsibilities.
Sometimes people use their bedroom as an office or dumping zone for things without a home or place to hide mess from public spaces. Looking from your bed onto cluttered surfaces can be stressful and distracting.
- As much as possible keep work and clutter out of your field of vision from the bed. If that’s not possible, drape your workspace/computer/paper piles with a beautiful piece of fabric
- Limit your nightstand reading material to just a few choices
- Create clear and simple homes for the supplies you need to have your bedtime routines such as reading, candles, bath/shower supplies
Look around your bedroom – what are 3 simple things you could do to promote a good night’s sleep?
If you’re in the SF Bay Area, you can attend a wellness pop-up event Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 where our colleagues will share tips on getting restful sleep.