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Monday, December 14, 2015

Mommy Monday: fresh start checklist 2016!

With Christmas getting closer and December almost halfway over, is anyone else starting to look ahead to the new year? The beginning of the school and calendar years always bring out my most reflective side, and it's also a great time for me to get in some good cleaning and organizing time. I created some checklists for getting a "fresh start" at home last year and I found them so helpful- I've updated them for the new year with a few tweaks. Click on the picture below to download your free copy:

This download includes two checklists- one for home and one for music teachers- but they are separate files so you can print out just what you need :) The area that I really want to focus on? Digital cleaning and organizing.

I find it so easy to let the files on my computer, my email subscriptions, and my social media accounts get out of control during the year. I subscribe to something to get access to a coupon or discount, fully intending to immediately unsubscribe, only to find myself deleting emails every week because I can't be bothered to take 2 minutes to click the "unsubscribe" button at the bottom of the email instead. And social media? With privacy settings constantly being updated to keep up with new risks online, I often find that my privacy settings are way out of date and things that I thought were private really aren't at all! I find it really helpful to take some time to sit down and sift through everything at least once a year so that the task of organizing and purging is at least slightly manageable. 

What are your most important home organizing tasks when you need a fresh start? Did I miss anything on my list? Leave a comment!


  1. I am so bad about letting paperwork pile up on my desk, so I try to save digital files. The problem is that I file them away and promptly forget about them! This checklist will get me thinking about what I have hidden away in my digital vaults that really need to be cleaned out. Thanks!

  2. Thank you for a comprehensive to do's something that I need to laminate an put next to my computer so that I am always working on these essential tasks..

  3. I have definitely found it helpful for getting me back on track. Thanks for the comment!