Mom’s Leap Year To-Do List

If you’re the type of person that is easily daunted by a daily to-do list, you should try a low-pressure, stress-free Leap Year to-do list. It’s not the last word in every-four-years tasks, but it’s definitely enough to get you started.

For the Home: Get rid of one of every four items in your closet. On average people only wear 5% of their whole wardrobe. Reclaim the space by tossing or donating those things that you haven’t worn in a while.

For the Kids: Start a fun Leap Day tradition, like allowing the kids have ice cream with every meal. This is one of those “fun mom” once-in-a-great-while activities that your kids will remember for years to come. Someday they’ll brag to their college roommate,

“On Leap Day, my mom would let us have ice cream with every meal!”

“Dude, really?”


“Your mom is wicked awesome!”

“Yeah, I know.”

For your Husband: Let him hold the TV remote. I urge you to only let this happen once every four years, lest he go all Lord of the Rings on ya. “Myyyyy preeeeciouuuuus.”

For your Health: Hike to the top of Mt. Garfield. This task is the kind that you’ll only want to do every four years…if ever. I consider myself a hiking enthusiast who’s up for a challenge, but I’ve heard people say they started questioning every decision they’ve ever made even before they lost sight of the parking lot below. With that as your warning, the views of the Grand Valley are amazing from up there and how wonderful would it be to be able to say to yourself, “I can do hard things,” …even if it is only once every four years.

At this point you might be thinking, “Annie! That’s a lot to do in one day.” Remember this is a Leap Year, not Leap Day list. You have the rest of 2012 to accomplish the list. How much more low pressure and stress-free can you get?

Now it’s your turn. What once-every-four-years tasks can you add to the Leap Year To-Do list?

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