Using color coding to simplify.

SimpleKids | color codingI think it must be the changing of the seasons, but I’ve been feeling the organizing and decluttering bug.  Before the months we call “birthday season” arrive and our home is filled with guests and new things,  I’m taking some time to sort out, tidy, and organize around the house – especially in the children’s spaces. They were also given some new things for Christmas that we are still working on finding homes for.

I thought it might be fun to share one of the simple things that I do to help stay more organized at our house (not always an easy task for the seven of us).

Today I want to tell you about a super simple system we use to keep track of items:  color coding.

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Kara’s Journal and No Spend month, week 2

snowmanluminaryNote: in the past I’ve been linking up to The Simple Woman’s Blog. You should still go there for some great daybook writing prompts. This week, though I decided to put my own spin on it. Also: there may be affiliate links in this post. Thanks for your support!

As we start the week … This time of year can be hard on me mentally, with the darkness and the cold, and my tendency is to hibernate. However, I think it’s important to strike a balance between time at home and also fighting off cabin fever by making sure we do get out and about a couple of times, too, even just for a walk around the block to stretch our legs and observe the winter world around us (temperatures permitting).

I am thankful … for electricity. Some pretty severe ice storms came through last night and I know many don’t have power currently. When the wind howls and the weather brings a hazardous coating of ice to everything, heat and light are blessings.

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Kara’s Journal: looking back, looking forward.

Max and his slime | SimpleKids.netLinking up to The Simple Woman’s Blog. Note: there may be affiliate links in this post, including a link to Kiwi crate, whose Tinkercrate Max and I played with today and made this awesome, gross slime!

Outside my window … the day was a frosty, cold one and as I type this the sun is setting and we are settling in for a cold night of snow and wind. It’s our first real storm of the season.

I am thinking … that summer just wasn’t long enough for me.

I am thankful … for this post of Tsh’s over at The Art of Simple. I felt myself exhale mentally while reading it because she says many of the things that I’ve been feeling in my own heart. The internet has gotten very loud and I don’t want to just be a part of the noise. I want what you read here to be something that’s real, comes from my heart, and isn’t written for numbers or sponsors or with the goal of having a post go viral (not that those things aren’t nice, but that shouldn’t be the endgame). Or even because I’ve got this simple parenting thing all figured out (uh, because I don’t).

So, I guess what I’m saying is that I’m thankful for quiet, old-fashioned blogging and for this space to do it for all these years (next month will be five years for me at SimpleKids). And I’m thankful to all of YOU for making Simple Kids a small part of your lives, too.

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Kara’s Journal: Daybook 12.15.14

Kiwi Crate gingerbread house from cardboard | SimpleKids.net

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Outside my window … the sun is up, but it is a foggy and grey day here in central Indiana.

I am thinking … that judging by last night, this is going to be day three of my son max being sick. Poor little guy was miserable all weekend.

I am thankful … for a household of people I love all safe and sound.  I’ve had an eye on the news in Australia ever since last night and I just can’t stop thinking about what it must be like for those being held hostage and their families.

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Kara’s Journal: Daybook 12.1.14

I am thankful for the faces around my table | SimpleKids.netLinking up to The Simple Woman’s Blog. Note: there may be affiliate links in this post.

Outside my window … the skies are dark, but this house is lit up with Christmas lights in red, white, blue, and yellow. There is a soft rain falling and I’m enjoying the quiet and the calm.

I am thinking … that it cannot possibly be that there are no more pages after this one in the calendar. December, already?

I am thankful … for being an auntie again! My brother and his wife had their second child yesterday and all are happy and healthy. I’m also thankful for all of these beautiful faces around my table and spending a lovely Thanksgiving at home.

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