Planning Outdoor Chores For Your Kids

With spring fast approaching, it’s time to start planning those backyard chores. Maybe you are even considering cleaning out your garage. These tips can help you get your kids involved in these outside chores.

With the very bitter winter weather your area has been having, now is the time to start cleaning out your flower beds; build a compost pile; and set up your garden for extra planting such as an herb garden. When the weather gets a bit warmer, begin to plan gardening chores that the entire family can join in. Make a checklist of all the work you would like to complete, and on your checklist designate at least one chore to each member of your family.

Garden Clean Up Checklist:

  • Have the older kids rake the leaves; and have the young kids put the leaves into bags. Stomping on the leaves is mandatory for any child before they go into a bag.
  • One of the kids can help you clean up the flower beds, or pull weeds out.
  • Everyone in the family can help spread the mulch.
  • Teach your children how to build a compost pile.
  • Let dad and the boys build a bird feeder.
  • Are you planning something special? A rock border would probably look great around your flower bed.
  • Send one of the kids to the store with dad to buy organic fertilizing peat.
  • Mark the gardening clean up on your family calendar so everyone remembers when it is.

I’m sure you can come up with more clean up chores for the kids. Garden clean up offers the kids some fun time outside, but it also lets them plant the garden. I’ll bet each of the kids would like to pick out a special flower to plant.

The more involved your kids are, the more they will want to complete their outdoor chores. They will watch the flower garden come to life from seeds or plants they put in the ground, and will develop a real appreciation of nature.

Put Cleaning Out Your Closets On Your Family Calendar

Getting ready for summer means many things and one of them is cleaning out your closets. Make this chore a family effort and mark it down on your family calendar so no one forgets.

What’s the best part about cleaning out your closets? You get to go shopping for some new clothes! Bag up those older items you are getting rid of and donate them to your local church, Salvation Army or bring them to a thrift store. 

Get Some Easy Planning Tips

There’s a system to everything and when cleaning out a closet you can use a simple system to accomplish your goal. Here are some tips to help you begin.

First, make a checklist of the things you want your family to get rid of, that will help everyone know exactly what their goal is. Completely empty the closet; the heavy winter coats; ski jackets; suits and pants outfits.

When that’s done, separate those items into two piles, the keepers and the rest of the stuff. The pile with the rest of the stuff are the things going to the church or Salvation Army so someone else can get some use out of them.

It is going to feel great to look at your half empty closet! Why? Because now you can go shopping at your favorite store and shop, shop, shop! When you’re done with your winter clothes you can use this same method with your summer clothes. Go through them and sort what you want to keep and add the other summer items to your donation bag.

 Make A List, Check It Twice

Make a list of the items you will need to add to your summer wardrobe when you are done with your closet. Make sure to include everything, such as foot ware, bathing suits, shorts, and any other accessories you will need for the summer days at the beach or at home.

Check your list one last time before you complete this task. Lastly, pack up and store your remaining winter clothing; bid them adieu until next fall. If you are out of storage space, you can bring that winter clothing to the local cleaners. Let them dry clean or wash all your winter gear and store them for a fee. If you don’t have the room, you might not have any other choice.

Make a shopping checklist. Add all the new items you need and get to the store! When you are finished with your shopping, bring that new wardrobe for the summer home (don’t forget to keep the hangers) and hang them up in your closet. You are now ready for any occasion the summer months bring your way. Don’t forget to add shoes and sneakers to your shopping checklist. Sandals are also a must have for the summer.

What Are You Waiting For?

What the heck are you waiting for? Go clean out those closets and go clothes shopping! Summer is the best time of year, don’t you agree?

Get Ready for Summer: Plan your Vacation Now!

Travel agents suggest you begin to plan your summer vacation at least six or so months in advance. That may seem like long term planning, but it is a great way to book a fun and affordable vacation for your family. Get ready for summer now! Plan a fabulous family vacation now with these important and helpful tips.

Plan Early And Save Money On Your Summer Vacation


Save money by planning and booking your vacation as early as you can. You can book your travel reservations, your hotel rooms, excursion packages, or all of the above.

Decide early, plan your activities and don’t let procrastination delay your efforts. Years ago, all you had to do to plan your summer vacation was pick up the phone, and call your travel agent.

Today, make your own on line reservations. Write a checklist of the things you want to do while you are on vacation and have it handy when you go to your favorite online travel site. You can still call the local travel agent, but today planning your holiday right from your own computer has become the easiest way to go.

Once you know your destination, check the flight schedule of your favorite airline. You can pick up the phone and call them, or visit them online via one of the countless number of travel sites waiting 24/7 for you, or visit the airline’s site directly.

Try to save yourself some time by stopping at the local travel agency and picking up some brochures you find interesting. Start to research all the available packages so you can find which offers you the best rates.

Remember, if you are traveling out of the country, make sure you and your family all have updated passports and photo identification. If you are planning an exotic vacation, check with your doctor to see if you need vaccinations before you can travel there.

 You Can Use A Travel Agent

A travel agent can be a wonderful source of information about destinations and agents are chock full of travel advice and planning tips. It’s also free to use a travel agent to book your plane tickets and accommodations. The agency is paid a commission from the airlines and the hotels.

Your Vacation Checklist

If you are going to plan a summer vacation and make all the arrangements on our own, be sure to check the terms and conditions of your vacation planning site and hotels, be on the look out for hidden fees. When you book your flight reservations, check to see if there are penalties for cancellations. Look at the hotel or travel package to see if there are any cancellation fees for them too.

Another good vacation planning idea is checking trip insurance; just in case. Compare travel prices on different days of the week and you might save some money.

Now that your vacation planning is complete and your travel arrangements are made, look for a printable checklist to help with your packing. You can find them on many web sites . There’s just one more thing, Whether it’s a Disney resort, London, Paris, or exotic Tahiti – have a fabulous time!