Winter is finally dying down and it is time to plan ahead for spring events. It may seem early but the best way to be organized during the hectic spring months is to start now before schedules get crazy!
WHAT MAKES SPRING SO BUSY?
On the surface, spring doesn't seem like the busiest season of the year and I admit it does not beat the Thanksgiving to Christmas season. Never the less I have found April and May to be really insane most years especially with kids in the house.
When you start to list out all the activities in the spring you may pause and realize….it is time to start planning ahead!
Here are some of the things that keep my family busy during the spring:
- Spring Break
- Spring Cleaning
- Soccer (or other spring sports)
- Field Day
- Local Spring Festivals
- Field Trips
- End of Year Concerts
- Parent-Teacher Conferences
- End of Year Programs and Assemblies
- Mother's Day
- Memorial Day
This list only goes through the end of May!! A lot of these events require my husband to take off work because they are during the school day. He needs advance notice to schedule time out of the office. Some of this requires extra money in the budget…I think you see what I mean about spring!!
PLAN AHEAD FOR SPRING EVENTS NOW
Now that you realize how busy spring can be it is time to plan ahead for spring events. Don't get overwhelmed…take a deep breath and follow these simple steps to get started.
STEP ONE: UPDATE CALENDAR
The first thing I do is update our family calendar. This includes getting events onto my husband's work calendar. 🙂 You may be thinking that you don't have all the dates for school stuff happening in May.
The solution is to CALL THE SCHOOL. They probably already know when the concerts, field trips, etc will be but haven't put it on the school website yet. Just ask and get as many dates as you can now!
You may need to start talking about which parent will go to which event if you have things that overlap! It happens when you have several active children.
STEP TWO: PLAN THE BUDGET
If you are on a strict budget some of the spring events can cause some headaches. It always helps to know ahead of time about extra expenses.
Look for ways to save some money between now and the expenses. Graduation is always a big expense and we have 2 under our belt now!!
If you don't have a budget binder you really need to get one!
STEP THREE: TRY NOT TO OVERBOOK
I love spring and don't want to be rushing around every evening and weekend. It is important to try to build some cushions into your family's schedule for some FUN.
When you have a beautiful spring afternoon free and want to take an impromptu trip to the zoo you want to be able to do that.
I love trying to get some garage sales in before the summer heat hits.
It is also fun to take the family to local spring fairs and festivals. You may have to say NO to some events in order to say YES to family fun and spontaneity.
STEP FOUR: IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY
My daughter graduated last May and I was working on her graduation party in January and February. At the time it felt like I was working way too early on the decorations.
Well…I didn't finish everything and suddenly the days and weeks were flying by and it was almost her graduation and I wasn't done!!
It is OKAY to start really early on planning because life can get in the way and slow you down very unexpectedly.
WHAT IS ON YOUR SPRING CALENDAR?
So what does your family have going on this spring that is keeping you all busy? Are you a big planner or do you fly by the seat of your pants? I hope these tips will help you plan ahead for spring events so you don't get overwhelmed or stressed out!