As I mentioned last week, summer is just around the corner for us. For me, summer starts when school ends, and we’re now at just seven days left (after today). So it’s time to kick the summer organizing into high gear. Here’s a summer organizing idea from Barb M., a participant in one of my online workshops. I love picnics and eating outside, so I thought the idea of creating a picnic mini zone was so much fun…that I just had to share it here!

To set up a picnic mini zone of your own, start with a picnic basket or a market basket like this one. Then, fill it up everything you need for outdoor eating on the go.

Picnic mini zone

Barb uses a plastic handled basket for her picnic mini zone and she stocks it with the following items:

  • A cute tablecloth (or you could use a picnic blanket)
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates, plastic cups, and tableware
  • Kitchen trash bags
  • Two sizes of baggies (just a few), foil, and matches or a lighter
  • Small containers for leftovers
  • Wipes
  • Some cute salt + pepper shakers
  • Bug repellent

Barb keeps her picnic mini zone along with her packed beach bag in the car from Memorial day on. All she has to do is add condiments, drinks, and food—and she’s got an instant picnic. Love that! Thanks, Barb, for this terrific summer organizing idea!

What’s on your to-do list to get organized for summer? I’d love to hear from you!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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