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Winter To Summer Organizing Tips for The Sandwich Generation

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Is it warming up in your area yet? Our weather has been. Well, to be honest, I wrote that two days ago and it was true. Today it is raining and chilly. BUT by next weekend it is expected to be back in the 80s. And in Roseville CA where I live, it will most likely (tho there are exceptions every so often) be staying warm or getting warmer. So when it was still warm, I decided it was TIME. Time for what, you may ask? Time to share some spring and summer organizing tips for the Sandwich Generation to help us all to organize our lives a bit for the seasonal change.  😀

Moving From Winter To Summer

Transitioning from winter to summer is a great opportunity to organize and declutter our homes. Granted, it can be a challenge finding the time while juggling caregiving, babysitting, health issues, work for many of us, and more. But hopefully we can do a little each day. Here are some tips to help us refresh our space and get ready for the warmer months:

Winter to Summer Organizing tips for the Sandwich Generation

  • Rotate Wardrobes: I moved my winter clothing to a less accessible area this week when it was warm and brought my summer clothes to my closet. One tip I learned eons ago and have used off and on with some success is to hang all the new season clothes in the closet backwards. In other words, instead of putting the hanger in straight to make it easy to pull it out, twist it around and hang it “the wrong way.” Then, as you take clothing items out to wear through the warm weather, put the hanger back in but this time do it the normal way. At the end of the season, you will see what you haven’t worn at all. Those are excellent for permanently storing in a less accessible area (if you just can’t bear to part with them) or put into the give-away pile.

Winter to Summer Closet Organizing Tips for the Sandwich Generation Pinterest Pin

  • Seasonal Storage: It’s also the time to store away our winter-specific items such as heavy bedding, snow boots (if you have any), and maybe thermal curtains. Although, in our area, the thermal curtains keep out the heat as well as the cold so I leave mine up all year round. Then replace those items you stored with lighter linens, window treatments that allow more light, and summer shoes like sandals. Unless you have feet issues like me, in which case, it’s tennis shoes 365 days of the year.  😊
  • Deep Clean: This is an excellent time to conduct a thorough cleaning of our homes including areas that might have been neglected during the cold months. Clean windows inside and out to let in more sunlight, and consider having our air conditioning and heating system serviced.
  • Check Expiration Dates: It can also be a great time to go through our pantries, fridge, and medicine cabinets to check for expired items. That is particularly wise regarding medication.  Dispose of any outdated products and restock as necessary for the summer. In our area, we have “medication take back day” where we can dispose of all our expired medications for free in one fell swoop. I’m counting the days for that because I missed the lat couple of times and I am tired of it taking up space. And apparently, it’s a thing all across America thanks to the federal government. “The 26th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 27, 2024 – 10AM to 2PM The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.” AND the website  can help you track down where YOU can take YOUR items to.  Just click here. It’s not perfect. I checked it for our area and it did show one of the sites we have available.  We have two, though. It showed two for us but they were both the same place. 😊  We can check our city website and they have the info there so I’d probably start with your city and your police department first, then try DEA if you strike out elsewhere. Honestly, with all the medications some of us deal with for elderly parents, this is probably one of the best summer tips for The Sandwich Generation as we want to keep things safe for the grandkids and declutter at the same time.

Medication Take Back Day is coming soon

  • Declutter Common Areas: As the season changes, it’s a good time to declutter areas like the living room, kitchen, and entryway. Remove items that accumulate during winter such as extra blankets, space heaters, and muddy boots. For me, it’s bringing IN the fans. I much prefer the free-standing fans as they are easier to deal with and less likely to make wobbly noises. And would you believe it, I had to bring them back in about a month ago! One tip on fans. I have 3 I love but I learned that for my bedroom it has to be the one that has actual push buttons so I can adjust them in the middle of the night. I can’t see the flat ones at night and I end up messing it all up when I try to adjust it.
  • Refresh Decor: Many like to swap out heavy, dark decor with brighter and lighter alternatives. Use throw pillows, (Amazon has some really cute ones), vases, and wall art in vibrant colors to reflect the summer mood. That being said, with cute and active grandkids all around, I avoid anything like that so it does make for one less thing to do. How about you?
  • Organize Outdoor Areas: Clean and organize your patio, porch, or balcony. Check outdoor furniture for any needed repairs or cleaning, and get your grill and outdoor cooking areas summer-ready.
  • Donate or Sell Unused Items: As you swap out seasonal items, set aside any winter items you didn’t use or clothes that no longer fit (see my tip above ).  Donate these items or consider selling them online or at a garage sale. Maybe talk to your neighbors and see if you all want to have a yard sale on the same day as that can attract more buyers.
  • Garden Prep: Are you a gardener? This is a great time to start preparing your garden for summer. Clear out any leftover dead plants from winter, prune bushes, and plan your summer planting. My sweet mom, safe in heaven now, was our gardener. But maybe I’ll buy some Mammoth or other  sunflower seeds and do a garden project with the grandkids like I did with the older ones a few years ago.  I have to admit, that does sound like fun. 😊

This Sandwich Generation grandmother loves her grandkids and loves sunflowers

  • Car Maintenance: If you use winter tires like some of my loved ones (they aren’t needed here in Roseville), it’s time to transition your vehicle for summer by removing winter tires, checking air conditioning, and updating your emergency kit for summer travel needs.
  • Grandkid Toys: I just went through and weeded out some of the outside and inside toys and projects. Time to put the Christmas Little People set,  Easter books, and Resurrection Easter Eggs away (yes, I’m a bit slow). Next I set out the bubbles, bubble wands, and cool new glider planes from Walmart for summer play.  I actually did quite a bit of weeding and am very happy about that. My garage is still too full, but it’s better. 😊

Moving from Winter to Summer Can Be a Challenge for the Sandwich Generation

Applying even some of these winter to summer organizing tips for the Sandwich Generation will not only help in reducing clutter but also make your living space more enjoyable and suitable for the summer season. Very handy whether you are caring for elderly parents, taking care of grandkids, or both. If you have more tips, we’d love to hear them.

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