First of the Month List

pexels-photo-295826.jpegLife Pro Tip: make yourself a first of the month list.

I’m not sure how I didn’t think of this concept before my mom shared it with me last year. Having a small checklist of things to look at/check into and clean due all on the same day has helped me remember these easily ignored and forgotten chores.

Here’s the basic concept: make a list of important chores to do that you either don’t like to do often or often forget to do.

You don’t have to use my list, it’s just an example of the things I try to do on/around the first of the month. Also it doesn’t have to be the first, sometimes if I know I’m going to be busy I do it in the days before, if I don’t feel like it I do it during the week later, the first of the month is really just a term I use in order to remember the general time frame of the last time I did it. Here is my list, it’s not long, I don’t like to overwhelm myself.

  • change the air filter, I do buy 60-90 day filters but doing this on the 1st even helps keep track of how old it is.
  • clean dryer lint trap-not the one in the dryer, or even the one on the inside tube (if you life in a cold weather climate you know), I’m talking about the one that’s outside the house, the one that’s easy to forget exists until your clothes are suddenly not getting as dry.
  • scrub floors-My floors get cleaned more then once a month but once a month I get down on my hands and knees and scrub, I also move ALL the furniture and clean underneath (why does no one tell me they spilled a juice box behind/under the couch!)
  • clean front door and back door- both mine are glass, sometimes this happens more often.
  • wash/clean rugs- I hate this chore but love the results
  • journal updates on my kids- which I should do more often

I’d love to hear if you have any other ideas on what to add to my first (week) of the month list. And if you need some motivation:::

Growing up

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Harper is 2 1/2 years old now.
He loves his trains, his bike, his baby brother and playing with cars.
He doesn’t like naps and when the iPad dies.
He is doing really well at potty training and is learning his shapes.
My favorite things about him right now are his imagination, how he wants to copy everything his daddy does, he loves to cuddle and how he says momma.

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Willem is 1 month today.
He loves eating, being carried and playing on his belly.
He hates wet diapers and waking up alone.
He’s holding his head up, rolled front to back accidentally, is smiling and talking to us.
Today he wore his first one-sized diaper, a red Oh Katy.
He’s an easy baby and sleeps we now but when he gets mad he gets MAD. High pitched screaming and even a little breath holding but he’s peachy one you scoop him up.