How To Leave the Beach with the Least Amount of Sand Possible…

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One of the major perks that we all love about living in the Lowcountry is being so close to the beach, amirite?! With the beach, comes the sand, and I don’t know about you, but I like to feel the sand in between my toes at the beach, and at the beach only. Feeling the grainy sand on my floors for days after we went to the beach drives me nuts. Cleaning sand out of my washing machine drives me even crazier.

Over the years, I have found five steps that have helped me keep the sand right where it belongs: at the beach and out of my house! As you probably have experienced, its almost impossible to removed aaaalllll of the sand out of every nook and cranny, but if you follow these five steps, it will certainly keep as much sand out of the house as possible.

Steps to keeping the sand where it belongs

  1. Remove clothing/suits at the beach. I know I know. As locals, we typically park at a station and do not have access to changing rooms, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative! Bring a set of clean clothes that would be easy to change into under your cover-up. Hold up a towel while your partner guards your kiddos. Make your own changing room between the doors of your car. Whatever you decide, this one is huge. The best way to keep most of the sand off of your body (and out of your car/house), is to remove your swimsuit before getting IN the car. 
  2. Keep your wet towels/suits in a wet bag in the car. This can be any type of plastic bag or wet bag (think of cloth diaper bags you kept in your diaper bag). Keep it contained in the bag until you get home, but don’t forget about it! Stink-y! 
  3. Rinse with FRESH water. If you aren’t at a beach that has showers, you can keep a sprayer in the trunk of your car. Or fill up large water bottles with fresh water before you leave the house. If anything, do your feet. This will get a lot of the sand off and keep you feeling fresh and clean. 
  4. Showers as soon as you get home (or stop by your friend’s house who has an outdoor shower). Is there anything better than a shower after a day at the beach?! AH I LOVE IT! The sooner you get all the sand off of your body, the better. If you haven’t had a chance to take your suit off yet, do it before going into the house. 
  5. Let suits/clothing dry in the sun. It never ceases to amaze me how much sand accumulates in a bathing suit. Set your suits and towels out in the sun. Once they are completely dry, give them a good shake to get all the extra sand off. Finally, wash! 

There you have it! Do you have any tips and tricks to stay sand-free? Share with us! And we’ll see you at the beach!

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Amy Kay
Amy grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Environmental Studies. Her dream was to make the world a better place by improving the environment for everyone. After getting her dream job in Texas, she met the love her of her life, Evan; they had a beautiful daughter in 2012 and moved to Mount Pleasant in 2013. Amy intended on continuing to work in the field of Sustainability (all things green and ecofriendly) but ended up being a SAHM. Although she found it a blessing to be able to stay home full time with her daughter, she struggled to find herself in her new identity. In 2014, her family expanded with a son and with his birth she began to be more confident as both a woman and a mother, and lover of the Lowcountry. She turned her love of family and the environment into a business (www.de-cluttered.com) that allows her to keep her family first while helping others. Through de-cluttered, Amy helps families deep clean their homes, taking the weight of clutter off of their shoulders and donating those extra items to local charities throughout Charleston. Amy also loves being at the beach, having an adventure, connecting with new people and is always looking to learn something new.