Creating a Summer Bucket List + free printable!

The following is a guest post from our newest regular contributor, Kristin at The O.C.D Life.  Welcome Kristin!

Creating a Summer Bucket List

It seems like at the end of every summer, I question whether my kids actually got to have some fun over their break. I know my kiddos are still young, but you are never too young to have a little fun. I guess you could say, our summer activities have never been very organized. I am a to-do list type of person. If I have a list written down, I know what needs to be done. Plus, I enjoy marking things off these lists. I get internal joy out of using that No. 2 pencil to draw a nice and thick line through an accomplished goal.

So, this year, I decided to create one of these lists to keep my family fun organized for summer. I sat down with my daughter and we created a list of 30 things that she would like to do this summer.  Some of them do not even require leaving the house and a few can be accomplished at the same time. And, I learned a lot sitting down with my daughter to create this list. Kids do not require a lot of money spent on them to have a good time. One of the top things she wanted to do was have a pillow fight in the living room. I was completely shocked, but pretty excited to jot it down on the list.

I have included our summer bucket list and a printable that will help you and your family create one as well.

The Morgan Family’s To-Do List

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 Generic Bucket List

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(download pdf here)



To help me stay focused on my summer family activity goals, I placed this little document on the refrigerator. Our refrigerator is the most viewed spot in the house, so I will get to view it several times a day.


Have fun creating a summer bucket list of your own!

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My name is Kristin and I am a high school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We live in the bootheel of Missouri in a home that is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these three loves together and created The O.C.D. Life. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with us! Learn more about me here and the meaning behind my blog’s name here

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9 Responses to Creating a Summer Bucket List + free printable!

  1. 1
    Ali says

    Thank you for this! I have been hoping to come across a printable for a Summer list :)

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    A says

    Do you know what “bucket list” means?

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      Kristin @ The O.C.D. Liife says

      I was running names for the list in my head and “bucket list” kept sticking in my head. I know the original phrase means things to do before you die. I actually love the movie! Hope it didn’t offend you because that wasn’t my intention at all. Xoxo ;)

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    Tracey says

    I wish I would have had this when my kids were younger…the things on your list are so do-able and simple…although reading down through it I guess I did do a lot of those things with my kids in the summer and really, all the time. When I first saw the title of your article I was prepared to start feeling like a loser mom, but I guess I didn’t do too badly…thanks for sharing this… I hope it helps other families have a great, simple, summer…busy shouldn’t be so glorified all the time

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    Tela @ Sweet Southern T says

    Thank you so much for this! I am featuring it tomorrow on my blog. I found you through Pinterest and am featuring it in my PINspirations portion. Please stop by and check it out. I will definitely be doing this with my Littles this summer!!

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    Jenny Lynn says

    Perfect timing as I finally have a day off from work and I am thinking what am I going to do for summer. I want it to be a productive one, not a lazy one. Yet, I don’t want to do all the planning. I want the children (teens actually) to have a say in what we do. So, that it isn’t like pulling teeth to get them to do anything. :)

  6. 6
    Sarah Spain says

    I LOVE this idea, thank you Kristin!

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    Jessica Peters says

    The contributor’s website is down – you don’t happen to have the printable in a .doc so we can add our list?

    • 7.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      The printable is available via pdf that you can print off. It’s working now. Thanks!


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