New Year Cleaning: A Great Reset for the Home

New Year Cleaning

The new year is fast approaching and I don’t know about you, but one thing I love for the new year is a clean slate. A fresh reset so to speak. Once the garland, glitter and decor comes down, it’s time to have a new year clean for the whole home.

Spring cleaning always seems to be a thing for so many, but truthfully I much prefer my new year clean. It really helps reset me and get me into the right mindset for the New Year. As a mother of little ones, cleaning and organizing can be very hard work with little ones under your feet. Having someone to take the kids for a whole day while you tackle a mile long to do list is a bit of a homemaker’s dream. Of course that is not always the reality for everyone, so if your children are with you, you may work best by breaking up your cleaning into days.

New Year Kitchen Cleaning

When I am tackling lots of organizational and cleaning projects, I work best from a list. I write down exactly what needs to be done around the home and who does it (yes, there’s even a honey do list!). This helps us both check off the projects and deep cleaning that we know has to be done.

You can use the following guidelines to help you go into your new year with a little more organization and tidiness. And perhaps a little breath of fresh air and an extra shot of joy!

Think of your house as a clean slate. Once ALL of your Christmas decor has come down, it’s time to think of your home as a clean slate. It’s a fresh start to get things swift and clean. Make it your goal to finish everything within a day or two. If you drag on the list for too long, it becomes too tedious and drawn out.

Tackle all of the closets. Go into each closet and reorganize. This is especially helpful for kids who have just received lots of new toys. Get rid of broken toys, duplicate toys and things that are not well loved. Organize closets and tidy up clothes and shoes area to remove any piles of clothes that accumulated over time or that no longer fit.

Organize the bathrooms. Bathroom drawers and cabinets tend to get out of hand pretty quick. In our home we have what seems like less bathroom storage than others, so we have to stay on top of organizing regularly to be able to find things and have some structure.

Purge. Donate. And minimize. I am all about the modern concept of minimalism, but like so many I struggle with it too. However even if you’re not going for the minimalist lifestyle, it’s nice to put your mindset into the “less is more” because you’ll be grateful when there’s less. Less items, less toys, less clutter means less anxiety and less craziness. Less stuff means less to clean!

Clean the floors. Lift the area rugs and mop and clean all the floors. You just recently had a Christmas tree, tons of decor from storage and possibly lots of guests for holiday parties and I’m sure some glitter somewhere. Go through and mop all the floors and clean under the rugs.

New Year Cleaning

Remove any clutter. Piles of clutter annoy me. Go through and try to eliminate all piles but if anything, at least make a clutter basket full of the things that you need to go through on another day. Store your clutter basket in the utility area or a place where it’s less visible.

Wash the extras. Wash things like sheets, curtains, shower curtains and rugs that can easily be washed. Now is also a good time to wash jackets that have already been worn quite a bit in these colder days and still will need to be worn in the months ahead.

Remove the toxins. A new year typically comes with resolutions that include being healthier. Most Americans are yearning to be healthier overall and to rid their life and bodies of the bad things. Start with tossing the chemical filled, name brand cleaners and consider natural alternatives such as Thieves Cleaner. This natural cleaner will disinfect every surface of your home and can even remove stains!

Keep only what you love. I have tried the past year or so to put myself into a mindset to only keep the things that I love and that bring me joy. I know longer just buy knick and knacks and cheap decor just because it is cute, I buy things that I don’t want to live without and that I have a specific place for. This mindset helps you spend less and have less.

Minimize kitchen cabinets. Go through and get rid of the things that you don’t use or that you have duplicates of. Throw away expired food or old candy you were hiding from your children. Make your cabinets and drawers more functional and less obnoxious (this is an area I really need to get into!).

Lastly, if you’re purging and getting rid of lots of things - consider what to do with them. You can always have a garage sale or you can donate to the Salvation Army, local women’s shelters, local families in need or in some areas, there are Catholic or similar charities that will come and even pick up your items for you!

There’s no right or wrong way to head into the new year on a clean reset. Some people may do this before the New Year and others may do it soon after. Whenever you can, and whatever you do, make things functional, easy and joyful for your family!

Happy New Year to all of our readers!

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

A Baby Born For You this Christmas

Our nativity awaiting baby Jesus on December 25th.

Our nativity awaiting baby Jesus on December 25th.

It’s almost Christmas and your tree is full of presents that you’ve found; your home is sparkling and smelling like the best spruce around.

There’s joy in your heart, quite a bit of stress in your head and anticipation of Ole’ Saint Nick lies ahead.

You’ve stressed about the budget that went out the window long ago; teachers, friends and party games still to go.

You’ll see family members you want and maybe some you wish not to see, you’ll run from here to there and may even begin to miss your own Christmas tree.

You’ll talk about this and reminisce on that, and you’ll probably hug some loud, smelly uncle in a big red Santa hat.

You’ll run around frantically finishing the last minutes touches, gifts for the stockings and over the top (hide it from ya husband) kind of budgets.

There will be this to do and that to buy, and Lord please help me for once make a delicious chocolate pie.

Christmas magic will be the joy that fills you up, as you watch your children giggle over Santa shaped marshmellows from their hot coco cup.

Their eyes will sparkle with every new light they see, and everyday they will look for their silly elf so excitedly.

It’s a magical season, truly the merriest time of year, despite some of the holiday stresses, you’ll still grin ear to ear.

But it’s what is so often lost within this time of year, the baby and the reason, the love far and near.

Christmas joy doesn’t come from Santa hats and twinkling lights, it comes from our Savior who was born on that precious night.

We all know the story, we all know the drill, go to church and practice goodwill.

There was a baby born for you this season, and unfortunately our hustle and bustle can overshadow the true reason.

So when the holidays become too much to bear, and the gifts are stacking up and there’s chocolate (or tons of little cousins) in your hair.

Remember why this day exists, not for the presents or Jolly Ole’ Saint Nick.

It’s about the baby who was born for you, to help shed some light, love and hope in all that you do.

Christmas joy wouldn’t exist without a true love, a love from our Savior way up above.

Take in the love and joy this season, but remember to slow down and keep Christ the reason.

Merry Christmas, the mushy mommy


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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

Our Hello Bible Box

I love subscription boxes and have always wanted to sign my children up for a monthly craft box, but in the end I could never justify it. It was always too expensive or just not the right time. But when I came across Hello Bible Box, I had to just go for it!

This Christian based subscription box is genius my friends, and not expensive at all. What I loved with this was that I could personalize it for two children which allowed us to have two of each craft, so each kid could do their own thing.

Everything in this box was above and beyond what I had expected. There’s a card FULL of scriptures that goes along with the lesson of the box (this month was of course Christmas) and there was a beautiful story on the birth of Jesus Christ.

We followed up the story with two different crafts that were artistic as well as great for developmental and fine motor skills for my toddler. There’s a card within the box that walks you through doing this box properly with your children and even offers you engaging questions to ask your kids while doing your activities and learning about our Savior.

The final touch that I loved with this box is that Danny the Donkey is our “guide” and helps us with discovering our box. My five year old loved him and quickly stored away his name to hold onto for our future boxes. We received a card that each month we will place a sticker on to remind us of our hard work learning new scriptures and lessons. While we completed the whole box in one evening, I plan to work on some of the scriptures and reread the beautiful book throughout the next couple of weeks. My five year old even had a beautiful idea of saving our new ornaments for Christmas Eve since, “It’ll soon be Jesus’ birthday!”

I look so forward to getting one of these in each month and for sharing scriptures and the life of Jesus with my children. While my three year old was still not able to understand a lot of what was being discussed, my five year old was all IN this! This truly is a great way to bring more faith based projects and lessons into the home and to have more discussions about Jesus Christ. It makes things fun and less school like. We want to make learning about Jesus exciting - so give them some paint and crafts and it becomes very exciting!

So thankful we gave this a try!

If you’d like to learn more, make sure to visit the link here.

“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.”

Matthew 2:10

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