It’s only March… our coldest month is behind us!
February is typically the coldest month here in Ontario and the thought of going outside sounds something like – nope, no thanks, I don’t think so.
March has arrived so it’s the best time to start planning for spring and summer. Yep, that’s what I said – planning for spring and summer! With a bit more sunshine and temperatures creeping up (it doesn’t matter how slowly), Mother Nature is letting us know that it’s safe to start making warm-weather plans.
So, let’s start planning!
1. Outdoor Eating
I don’t know about you, but eating my meals al fresco is one of my favorite things to do when the weather warms up. There are just a few things to prepare for this.
Depending on your grilling habits, it may have been a few months since you last grilled out. Wipe it down, clean the grate, stock up on charcoal or propane, wheel it to its favorite spot, and get started.
A serving tray or two will be your best friend. They’ll save you several trips back and forth into the house and back out to the grill or outdoor seating area. You can use them for food prep, condiments, side dishes, and drinks. You can also use them for plates, silverware, and cooking utensils.
Pull it out, dust it off, and set it up.
Easy-peasy – the basics are set up and ready to go. Now get outside, relax, grill something delicious, and enjoy. You can add ambiance with string lights, setting up portable firepits, and staking tiki torches as the season progresses.
2. Pantry Make-Over
Let’s face it, our eating habits change along with the seasons. In the warmer months, we’re often on-the-go, so it’s helpful to have a few more healthy options around that are quick and ready to grab-and-go.
Have fresh fruits and vegetables on hand and ready to grab. If they’re getting old, freeze them for smoothies later. Make sure your pantry is stocked with family staples – that way it’s easy to make something more healthy than fast-food before or after that baseball game or tennis match.
3. Car Essentials
With major season changes come major car essential changes as well. Most vehicle-related companies suggest the following:
- Multi-tool/pocket knife
- Snacks (non-perishable, no melting chocolate)
- Phone charger
If you’re a mom, dog-mom, or adventurer, these are a few more things you should have on-hand to be summer-ready:
- Bug repellant
- First aid kit
- Everything disinfectant-related
- Baby wipes
- Portable bowl
- Extra dog treats/food
- Poop bags
Some of these things need to be switched out so they don’t get stale or end up useless. Each season, swap the sunscreen and bug repellent.
4. Clothing & Accessories
It’s time to switch sweaters for tanks, pants for capris, and turtlenecks for sundresses.
It’s that time of year to ask the dreaded question – does it still fit? If not, donating it for someone else to enjoy is a charitable gesture.
Rearrange the items in your closet and place your most used items at eye level. As with your warm clothes, store your summer clothes with like items together in drawers. Keeping shorts, skirts, short sleeve shirts, tank tops, and work-out gear together makes it easier for you to see what options you have.
When storing your clothes, it helps the longevity of fabrics to store them clean and in plastic bins.
5. Mud Room / Entryways
This is one of the busiest places in a home where people are coming and going all the time. It is also the easiest place for things to get lost, covered up, or accidentally grabbed by someone else. Here are some trading tips for your busy entryway area:
- Flip flops
- Sneakers, sports shoes
- Sports equipment and shoes
All of these items can easily be stored in baskets and bins. They can be designated by each person or by item (hats, flip flops, sneakers, etc.).
6. Pool / Beach Bag
Depending on the ages and number of people you’re packing for, this list may vary. But regardless of that, this is a fun task to do. Here are some of the basics:
- sunscreen (body, face, sweat-proof, baby)
- water or other hydrating beverages
- umbrella if desired
If there are youngsters in your group, sand toys, floaties, snacks, baby wipes, and life vests, are helpful. A blue tooth speaker is nice to bring some life to the party. Teens and tweens may prefer earbuds so they can get lost in their own little world.
However you “do” the beach, be prepared ahead of time so you can soak up the rays in peace.
7. Garage / Shed
Similar to our clothes closets, our garages and sheds need a seasonal swap as well.
Swap snow shovels for rakes.
Swap snow blowers for lawnmowers.
Swap salt for fertilizer.
Swap winter activity items like fort-block-makers, skis, snow grips, and hockey sticks for warmer weather gear like bikes, chalk, bubbles, balls, jump ropes, and running gear.
Storing these items properly will ensure many more seasons of hockey, soccer, and other loved outdoor activities. Ensure you set aside time to do this.
8. Yard Sale
Many folks love yard/rummage/garage sales and they are prevalent during this time of the year. Families with young children who grow faster than they can wear out their clothes appreciate the deals they can get or the added income to keep growing wardrobes.
Sometimes hobbies change. Sometimes new hobbies develop. Unfortunately, our space doesn’t always grow to keep up with the changing of items related to this. Yard sales are a great way to share your past with new budding hobbyists while making space and a little extra cash to support your new activity. Win-win.
If the thought of having a sale is overwhelming, ask around to family, friends, and people in your neighborhood to see if they are having one. Join in with someone else – it will make it more enjoyable for everyone.
Make sure to check local rules regarding sales.
9. Gardening Supplies
If gardening is your hobby, eating your homegrown food makes you feel complete, or pulling up stubborn weeds is your stress-relief, then this season means everything to you. Make sure you have everything you need and that it is in tip-top shape to perform as needed.
Enjoy the Swap
Even though it isn’t explicitly spelled out, during all of these swaps, changes, and transitions, it’s the ideal time to clean out these spaces. Some areas are as simple as a sweeping or wipe-out. Others may take a bit more time and effort. Regardless of the effort, cleaning should become part of this routine if it isn’t already. This will give you more time during those warmer temperatures to enjoy doing what you love outdoors!
Not Sure Where to Start?
Organized MD is here to help! Any area that you dread looking at is an area that Dennise will be happy to help you declutter and organize. Are multiple summer schedules already making your head spin? Dennise is incredible at helping find a system that you can follow – no more missed activities, parties, or get-togethers. Your summer is in good hands with Organized MD!