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Monday, January 5, 2015

Mommy Monday: fresh start 2015 {freebie}

It's a new year- Happy 2015! For those of you who don't know, I spent most of my childhood in rural Japan, and New Year's is kindof a big deal in Japan. One of the things we do, called 大掃除, is like the American "spring cleaning"- the literal translation is "big cleanup". Everyone in the family helps clean the house from top to bottom. With small children, a big part of cleaning up is getting rid of stuff we aren't using. About a week ago I went through the closets and toys and donated or threw away a bunch of stuff- it felt so good! I also went through and organized and purged my digital life as well. I think this is the first time I've done it but wow, what a difference! I had so many old files, old contacts, unused apps on my phone, out-of-date pins on Pinterest, email subscriptions I don't even like, etc....

To help me keep track of everything I want to do to get a fresh start this year, I made a checklist of things around the house and my digital devices that need cleaning/organizing/refreshing. You're welcome to use the checklist yourself to get your own fresh start- I've left some blank space for you to add your own items depending on your own home situation. Just click on the picture to download the file.

The thing I love about this is that it's a little bit of everything- cleaning, organizing, purging, doing something new- but it's all focused on giving myself a fresh start. I will probably be doing this again- it doesn't even have to be a New Year's thing! Plus the little birdie makes me happy :) 

I hope this helps you feel good about the new year! I'd love to hear from you if you use it! Let me know if you're unclear about any of the items on the list.

1 comment :

  1. What a great idea! I am definitely trying to do some purging right now. I find that the kids do better with fewer toys anyways. I definitely need to get the kitchen cleaned out though...ok the whole house needs and overhaul :-)