A simple (yet effective!) way to stay organized is to create a mini zone—a small container or designated spot on a shelf that houses everything you need to do a particular activity. These are a few of my favorite summer zones.

  • organized picnic suppliesOutdoor eating mini zone: in a plastic bin, corral together items for eating outside, like a small salt and pepper shaker, non-breakable plates and cups, along with napkins and utensils in a utensil caddie. Place your bin on a melamine serving tray and you’ll be ready to eat outside at any time the weather is just right!
  • Pool gear mini zone: store everything you need for a trip to the pool in the same spot—beach towels, goggles, pool toys, your current at-the-pool reading materials, and a lock for the pool locker. (Store this near your outdoor gear mini zone or add sunscreen and sunglasses to your pool gear mini zone!)
  • Outdoor gear mini zone: corral together items like sunscreen, sun protective lip balm, insect repellent, sunglasses, and hand sanitizer into small galvanized buckets. Put this mini zone by the door you use most when you’re heading out to picnics, barbecues and ball games. Just grab what you need from the buckets on your way out—and you’re good to go!

summer gear

Mini zones make it simple to get ready for an event and put things away afterward! Why not take action today and set up your own summer mini zone?

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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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