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Important note: as you're beginning in the 2023 Home Planner, you'll notice that a few of the right side (evening) checklists mimic the left side (morning) checklists. Here's why: if you have 3 toddlers and are a stay at home mom, you're going to need to clean those counters and wipe down kitchen sinks twice a day, but if your family is smaller (and maybe not at home all day), you can skip those duplicates at night and make them work for you. Once you get in the habit, everything will go FAST (promise!) I'm cheering for you!
If you found PPP because of our kind of crazy 2023 Home Planner, let's talk checkmarks for just a minute.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE as you begin this year, do NOT feel stressed if you miss a checkmark, a day, a week, or even a month.
This planner is not meant to make you anxious or feel less than or anything else.
The Home Planner is meant as a simple guide cheering you on each day. Like a friend gently nudging you saying “hey! If you exercise today I bet you'll feel better through the day and sleep well tonight!” or “ohhhh – hop up and shine those sinks, this one's quick and easy and your kitchen will feel happier for it!”
AND. This planner is a HOME PLANNER.
Not a YOU-TO-DO-ONLY-ALL-BY-YOURSELF planner.
It is NOT meant for you to do everything on the list by yourself if you have a family.
My husband makes the bed most days, helps with vacuuming and often tidy things up just because that's what we do. My kids do the dishes, help with laundry, and mop sometimes too. (That being said, I'm still the one who checks things off most of the time, but it's just because I'm the one who likes checking things off!)
IMPORTANT NOTE: if your family doesn't normally help out in your home, start with having your kids unload the dishwasher and make their beds. If you have a spouse who doesn't often help, I cannot say how very much how much modeling teaches more than hollering does (at least in our home!) I've never really told my husband to do anything on the checklist (and by nature he's not the most tidy person on the planet…), but he sees me do it, and now just hops in and helps now because it's what we do, and how we choose to live to have a happier-less-stressed-and-overwhelmed-home.If you can, cheer your family on with a “Wow! Thank you so much for helping with those dishes ~ that made my day so much easier!”, and they'll often come back and do it again because those few words of praise feel so good. I KNOW this isn't easy and the experience for everyone, but just do your best to try it out, and see if they don't follow along.)
All that being said, again, remember THIS IS ONLY A GUIDE. Please know that your value doesn't come from even the very cutest of checklists instead these are just meant as an encouragement for you each day. I'm over here cheering for you and just want your home to feel a little more at peace in 2023 ~ you've got this (and I'm so proud of you for ANYthing you get done today!)
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