In just a couple of weeks, my boys will be done with school for the summer. My husband teaches courses online for a community college and so he’ll be around, too.
We’re fortunate to be able to spend so much time together during the warm summer months. But sometimes, all that togetherness means we don’t get anything done until the mad panic known as August rolls around.
Last year my husband and I sat down and mapped out a plan for our summer. While we didn’t quite get to everything on our list, we were able to get to most of the projects.
The list was a huge help to us. It allowed us to focus on activities that needed to get done, as well as the things we wanted to do. It allowed us to make the time and budget the money for those activities.
This year, we have several projects on our list:
Expand our garden. The ground-work is done, but thanks to a few threats of frost, we’re a little delayed on the planting. Hopefully everything will be in the ground within the next couple of weeks. I’ll be sharing updates throughout the summer.
Stain our deck. This is a project we just couldn’t get to last year, but it really needs to happen this summer. I’ll be watching for rebate offers and sales on deck stain to make this an affordable DIY project.
Clean out the garage. One of the biggest ways to save money is to know what you have. You don’t know what you have when it’s buried under piles of junk. We’ll be cleaning out all the clutter and organizing it so that we can find what we need.
Have a garage sale. We live in the woods, so we’ll actually be hauling our stuff town to a multi-family sale. Less clutter and more money in our pockets is a high priority this year. We missed doing the sale last year, so we’ve got an ample supply of things to unload. Whatever doesn’t sell is going to be donated.
Take a mini-vacation. We hardly ever take vacations – big or small – but we want to make the time to get in a little relaxation. Wherever we go will be within driving distance. I’m watching all of the deals sites to find a bargain on a family weekend getaway.
Add to this list swimming lessons and summer camp for the kids, and we’ll be busy. But just having a written list of goals for the summer makes me feel more relaxed because I can budget the time and money for them.
What about you? Do you have a plan for your summer?