Summer Fun in the Outdoors
It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy! Okay, maybe not easy, but it certainly is laid back a little bit, right? Summer may be a time when the kids take a break from school, but us mamas don’t take a break from our zones, right? Now if you’re not zoning your home, you can read all about it right HERE. If you are zoning your home, then you know that this week we are decluttering and deep cleaning Zone 4–the garage, yard, porches, and all outdoor areas. That certainly doesn’t mean you have to declutter the entire zone (give me a break!). It does mean that we pick out small projects to do every week. And our special project this week is to organize our outdoor areas for lots of play!
Now don’t go order a $2000 playset! That’s not what I’m talking about. Let’s first take a stroll outside and see how we can add an element of play here and there.
I remember when…
Blair and I lived in our tiny little apartment, all we had was a tiny stoop outside the front door. But I kept a baby blanket rolled up inside the door and tiny basket of baby toys right there with it. On nice days, I would spread out the blanket and Kelsey and I would sit out there with that little basket of toys soaking up some sunshine. You don’t have to have a huge palatial estate to enjoy some play areas outside. Here are some ideas:
* You can make a little sandbox out of an old truck tire (the bigger, the better) and some bags of sand from the home improvement store. Find an old trash can lid to cover it up because cats love to poop in it!
* Make a nice sitting area with a couple chairs from a yard sale and couple them with a table made out of an upside down trashcan with a small waterproof tablecloth draped over it.
* If you don’t have a swing set, you can make one out of two trees (as long as they grow close enough together)! Just get one beam and bolt them between the two trees.Get some swings to hang off them, and you’re set.
* Find a small trashcan with a lid and use it to store cool outdoor toys. Nerf guns, bubbles, badminton, horseshoes,…these are all good choices.
* And you can’t ever beat the good old standby–the sprinkler! If you don’t have a sprinkler, you can make one out of an old plastic milk jug. Just punch a bunch of holes in it, hook it to the end of your hose with duct tape, and turn on the water.
Go ahead! Be creative! Clean up the outside and make it beautiful, then add some play elements and make it FUN!
Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!
Check out Hannah’s Website Here!