With the New Year, as moms, we have our own list of priorities. We have a dizzying list of to-do’s. From medical records, to updating family photos. Let’s break down some of the most common chores we give ourselves this time of year.
First let’s start with the vitally important records to have on hand. Many of us found ourselves in a predicament with the closure of the Kings Daughters clinics. In order to help avoid this same kind of panic in the future we should each have a complete folder for each family member. In my files I include: birth certificates, social security cards, latest medical and vaccine records (annual update on New Year’s or birthday), copy of photo identifications, passports, and a complete list of current medications and dosages. Additionally make sure to include copies of home, auto, and health insurances. Don’t forget any marriage licenses ,divorce decrees and child custody paperwork too! An excellent place for these types of things is a safe deposit box or a locked fireproof box in your home. For our items my husband keeps them in order because he is infinitely more organized than me.
Next is by far my favorite part of the New Year. I spend the year with an assortment of pictures and drawings plastered to my refrigerator. As the year goes on some get demoted as new ones are added. Each New Year’s Day I take a 1 gallon bag and place all of them from the year in it. I document the year, kids ages, who did what, and then seal it up. They are my annual little time bottles. I get to keep a few special pieces and don’t feel guilty with tossing large amounts of scored tests and toddler drawn scribbles. This way I start the year with a fresh clean surface on the fridge and am ready to go again!
Another great thing to do this time of year is purging. Holiday decorations are put away and we are left with a new surge of items in the house from the seasons gifts. Currently my kids bedroom is one of those piles that look like someone pulled over all the shelves from the toy department. However, kids grow and change. We all do. Top things to be sorted this New year in our house are toys, kitchen cabinets, clothes, and bathroom cupboards. Any old towels will be donated to animal shelters, and the rest will end up in a bin to another organization. Things that are truly broken (like that toy you swore you would fix three months ago…) just get tossed.
Lastly, get out the day planner and start using it. Keep yourself on top of play dates, grocery shopping days, gym workouts, meetings, and all the other things we moms are in charge of keeping in order. Add the next oil change to your calendar and tire rotations. Mark down any annual Dr appointments and get yourself to them. Keep it there on the kitchen counter near the coffee pot, or rather the Keurig if you are like me!
After these are all done getting to enjoy the fresh start of a New Year is so much easier and more enjoyable. If you have other great New Year rituals share below! We love reading comments from our readers.