Organizing kids’ spaces: labels and containers

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

I mentioned on Monday that the inspiration for this week’s mini-series was inspired by the organizing and decluttering bug I’ve been bitten by this Autumn. Before the holidays arrive and our home is filled with guests and new things, I decided that I wanted to sort out, tidy, and organize around the house, especially in my children’s spaces.

I certainly don’t have it all figured out,  and I have to admit that I don’t really try  to keep things around here spotless. However, while a little mess doesn’t bother me, chaos does and so I try to keep it at bay.

Today I want to tell you two more ways we stay organized: labels and creative containers.

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Weekend links: play, learn, and explore in November

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

It is November, and the turning of the calendar page means we’re also changing our clocks, having an election, remembering our Veterans, and celebrating Thanksgiving.  At our house it also means wool socks, stories in front of the fire place, and an extra blanket or two on the beds.  After a busy Summer and back-to-school season, the pace slows a bit before we begin the December holidays.  In November, we take a deep breath and savor the season’s change in all of it’s golden beauty.

We’ve got a fun November planned for you at  Coming this month I’ll be adding to the Unplugged Play Series, sharing some of the ways our home is set up to help the kids stay organized, hosting our last Holiday Kids’ Gift Craft-along, and at the end of the month the other Simple Living Media editors and I have cooked up a big network wide surprise!

Looking for some ways to play, learn, and explore with your kids in November?  I’ve rounded up a few for you in today’s Weekend Links.

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Simple projects for exploring your family tree with your kids

The following was written by editor Kara Fleck and originally appeared in November 2010.

November is here, which means that it won’t be too long before the official start of the holiday season.  Families will gather, some of whom we haven’t seen since last year (or perhaps longer).  Around holiday tables, families will share stories, remember loved ones no longer with us, and celebrate new generations.


This can also be a time of year for remembering loved ones who are no longer with us. My oldest daughter has been especially interested lately in stories about my husband and I’s grandparents (her great-grandparents) and in the various branches of our family tree.

We’ve been talking with Jillian about things like how her Grandpa Fleck loved peanut butter and how thrifty and creative her great grandparents were.   We’ve been discussing personality traits we share and  looking at photos and seeing familiar facial features.

We have been making phone calls and sending emails, talking to other family members in an effort to learn as much as we can about what the generations who came before us were like.

I feel like it is important to find out the stories of our family history so that my kids can get to know their ancestors as more than just names, but as people with dynamic personalities whose lives contributed to who we are today.

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