The school year involves so much shuffle and hustle that I often pat myself on the back for keeping up with the laundry, and try to ignore the bigger to-dos. Now that we're settling into the summer routine, my blinders are off.
While many of our summer days are filled with outdoor excursions, crafty chaos or reading marathons, there's also plenty of idle time built into the mix. I use pockets of that time to whittle away at the biggies on my list.
This week, I sifted through the dresser drawers and broke into the hand-me-down bin stashed in the girls' closet. I began pulling out the stained, torn, and outdated clothes, and some of those will be upcycled by my team of young laborers -- a.k.a. my kids and their crafty friends. I pitch it as Fashion Camp, and let the kids loose with fabric markers, sewing kits and embellishments.
When the design work is finished, the kids get to mix and match their reinvented pieces with other wardrobe items. I've knocked off a couple of to-dos, and the kids had fun in the process. Spreading these projects out over the summer will keep the wardrobe renewal process from overwhelming us all.
Do you have any tricks for getting the kids involved in the summer sorting process?