December 30, 2023 8 min read
Buckle up for a January like no other, where goals aren't just aspirations but a roadmap to a brighter, more intentional family life. Join us in the pursuit of balance, laughter, and creating a haven of love within our home.
As we dive into a new year filled with possibilities, I wanted to share some mom-approved moves to kickstart January.
We know mom life is a juggling act, and these five moves are designed to make your start to the year a bit smoother and a lot more enjoyable. We’re focusing on five pillars that will shape our days and elevate our family experience.
Let's jumpstart January together and set the tone for a year brimming with purpose and joy!
Before we get into the heart of this, it’s important to understand where we want the year to go and why. But let’s forget the grand resolutions that fizzle out by February. Let's set some real, achievable intentions for the year.
To get started, I ask myself and my family members 3 questions:
Then let’s break those answers down into manageable tasks and add time slots in our family calendar. Scheduling time for our goals ensures they’re not just dreams, but that we’ll actually reach them.
So now that we have some ideas of what we want the year to look like, let’s narrow down the list. Here are the 5 places I’m focusing to kick-off January:
Let's face it; clutter is the arch-nemesis of every mom. It multiplies when we're not looking, like socks in the laundry.
Dive into the post-holiday decluttering with a burst of energy. Whether it's finding a new home for those holiday decorations or tackling that overflowing closet, let's simplify our spaces to create room for more joy and less chaos.
My goal: Tackle one space for 30 minutes, every Saturday morning.
Decluttering is my way of maintaining some semblance of order in the chaos. It gives me breathing room (literally) and helps me feel calm and relaxed during those moments when I do get a chance to rest.
I have a prioritized hit-list ready so I don’t waste time deciding where to start. I’ll be entering each clutter zone with a trash bag and a basket. The basket is my handy sidekick, letting me gather items to re-home without the need for constant back-and-forth trips.
I’ve also scheduled these sessions into my calendar. A clutter-free future awaits!
For more decluttering tips: Decluttering Delight: 5 Tips to Transform Your Kids' Space
Who has time to play Iron Chef every night? Meal planning is my secret weapon against the chaos of last-minute dinner decisions. Plus, it helps me avoid the dreaded "What's for dinner?" question.
My goal: Streamline weeknight dinners by planning five easy meals each week, eliminating last-minute panics.This will not only reduce stress but will also open up opportunities to involve the boys in the kitchen.
We’re giving each night a theme to make recipe selection easier: Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Soup-er Bowl Wednesday, Fin-Tastic Thursday, and Pizza Friday. Under each theme, we have 3 to 4 quick go-to meals that we'll rotate, such as chicken tacos or enchiladas for Tuesday.
To make planning even smoother, I'm using a recipe app that allows me to filter out ingredients the kids despise. It also generates a grocery list, and even syncs with my store to add items straight to my cart. Voila!
After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I've realized the importance of creating special moments with my kids. These moments are the glue that binds us, building a treasure trove of shared memories that will last a lifetime.
My goal: Set aside one weekend every month for a family adventure.
We've designated one Sunday-Funday each month for a family escapade. Whether it's cave tubing, bouncing around a trampoline park, or simply enjoying a laid-back picnic in the park, each family member gets to choose three activities per year.
Once we have our list of activities, we’ll plop them into our family calendar.
Why settle for a mundane home vibe when you can turn it into a carnival of cheerfulness? Building a positive atmosphere isn't just a choice; it's the foundation for the emotional well-being of our families.
My goal: Transform our home into a sanctuary of positivity—a place where every family member feels valued, supported, and uplifted.
By cultivating a positive atmosphere, I want to nurture not only individual well-being but also the collective spirit that defines us as a family unit.
I aim to kickstart our mornings with a burst of positivity by practicing affirmations that promote self-love and confidence in our kids. Each evening, our dinners will commence with a moment dedicated to expressing gratitude for one another and the world around us.
To sprinkle surprise joy throughout the day, I'll be leaving thoughtful notes in unexpected spots, such as their lunchboxesor on their bathroom mirrors, and jokes taped to cereal boxes.
Additionally, I've been using apps for daily affirmations and gratitude that have been working wonders for me. I'm excited to continue using them and sharing their uplifting messages with my family.
Screens are like stealthy invaders, taking over our lives one moment at a time. In our digitally connected world, carving out screen-free time feels essential for family bonding.
My goal: Designated Tuesday evenings as tech-free to have intentional, quality time together that contributes to the happiness of our family.
With our devices tucked away, we’ll raid our cabinet of fun. We’ll transform our living room into a playground of board games, arts and crafts, and friendly foosball and ping pong matches.
We’re looking forward to the conversations, the memories, and all the snacks that will go with the togetherness.
As we wrap up our January Jumpstart adventure, it's not just the end of a month but the beginning of a beautifully orchestrated symphony of family living. We’re decluttering, savoring delicious meals, curating moments, surrounding ourselves with positivity, and unplugging for Tech-Free Tuesdays.
But this isn't a finale; it's a prologue to a year filled with intention, connection, and joy. The seeds we're planted in January are already sprouting, promising a garden of warmth and growth in the months to come.
January Jumpstart is more than a reset; it's a collective decision to make every day count. It's not about perfection but progress, not about doing it all but doing what matters.
May your days be filled with decluttered spaces, nourishing meals, cherished moments, contagious positivity, and moments of digital detox. Here's to a year of purpose, presence, and the simple joys that make life extraordinary.
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