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It’s the day after Easter and it’s officially spring. Yes, I know it was technically March 20th, but with snow still falling and temps in the 20s and 30s on the east coast no one was actually “feeling” the spring. This week with temperatures soaring into the 50s in places like Boston and Rhode Island it feels as if spring is finally springing.
That means we fling open the windows and let the outside in, cautiously box up those big winter coats (though we won’t tape those boxes shut just yet) and start organizing all that was forgotten during the long winter months. Below is a checklist of things to do to get your spring feelin’ on.
Commit daily to just one and by the end of April your house and task list will be sparkly.
Around the House:
1. Under All Those Sinks: If you are like me, those cabinets under all the sinks in my house take a beating. What was just months ago clean and organized is now absolute chaos. Each week this month I will choose one sink and make it sparkle.
2. My Closet: It’s time to switch out the clothes from winter to Spring. Get rid of everything you didn’t wear this winter because you sure as heck won’t be wearing it next winter. Get rid of any trash or clutter that accumulated in your closet. Recycle any wire hangers you aren’t using.
3. Kid’s Closets: Go through the kids’ closets and box up anything that no longer fits them. Give it away or save it for a younger sibling. Make a list of anything they need to supplement their wardrobe and keep it with you for when you are out and about.
4. Games and Toys: It’s a great time to evaluate all those toys and games cluttering your house. Which ones are being used and which ones aren’t? Donate the ones in good shape and recycle or toss those that have seen their last trip past Go.
Away from the House:
5. Eye Exams: Via All About Vision the the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should have additional eye exams at age 3, and just before they enter the first grade — at about age 5 or 6. Then an eye exam every two years if no vision correction is required. Get those eyes checked. Our oldest suffered for years until we finally got them checked in high school!
6. Dental Exams: Every six months it’s time for your kids to get their teeth cleaned. Get that appointment booked. It’s a great time to start looking into orthodontists and options for your tweens and teens. We have tried out both braces and Invisalign and are BIG Invisalign fans. Find a provider in your area and start looking into options and pricing.
7. Physicals: Have you booked your son or daughters annual exam? Have an athlete who needs their annual physical? Get those appointments booked so continuing to remind yourself mentally to do them doesn’t take up any more space in your mom brain.
8. Summer Camps: It’s that time of year. Summer is right around the corner. Get out your calendar and figure out what weeks you are going to want the kids in summer camps, which camps fit your budget and then get them booked before they are sold out.
9. Summer Contracts: We are big fans of summer contracts around here. We off three printable versions, Summer Contract for Elementary School Kids, Summer Contract for Tweens and a Summer Contract for Teens. Check them out and decide if they are perfect as is. If so, pin them. If not print them out and use them as a guide to create your own!
What would you add to this list?
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I am a member of the Invisalign Teen Mom Advisory Board. My son has received complimentary treatment from the makers of Invisalign clear aligners, but all opinions expressed are my own. http://shout.lt/ggGP