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.

[Read more…]

Organizing kids’ spaces: color coding

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

I think it must be the changing of the seasons, but I’ve been feeling the organizing and decluttering bug this Autumn.  Before the holidays 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.

I thought it might be fun to share a little mini-series with you this week about some of the  simple things that we do to help stay organized at our house (not always an easy task for the six of us).

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

[Read more…]

Four simple DIY baby projects

 The following is by contributor Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute.

When my husband and I had our fourth baby boy this summer, we thought we wouldn’t need a single new thing.  Other than diapers.  And a minivan.

But the interesting thing is, ideas and tools are always evolving and improving, and I found there were a few things I wouldn’t mind adding to our supply.  Fortunately for me, many of those things I could make myself.

I’m a fan of DIY, but I’m somewhat limited by my skills.  I can sew.  As long as it doesn’t require much more skill than it takes to sew a straight line.  These great projects, however, are simple enough to meet that standard. [Read more…]

Yearly planning with a file crate system

I’m over at Simple Mom today, guest posting for Tsh while she’s on her break.  I’m writing about a topic I don’t get to share too much about in my regular blogging routine:  organizing.  I’m sharing my file crate system and I hope you’ll come over to Simple Mom and take a look. – Kara

As much as I love paperless planning and Pinterest, for some things there is just no substitute for actual paper planning.

I love technology, but when it comes to things like holiday recipes written in my grandmother’s hand, family wedding invitations, and articles from the print resources I use, I find it is just more practical, even meaningful, for me when they are in their original paper form.

And, truth be told, even though I am a blogger, I like to have certain aspects of my life “unplugged” and power-cord free.

[Read the rest at …]


Nature Tables: A Simple Way to Connect with the Natural World

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama. This post originally appeared in July 2010.

A nature table, or nature corner, is a nice way to create a space within our homes that can remind us of our connection to the natural world outside. Devoting an small area of our home to a seasonal display is a simple way to be mindful of that bond.

The display can be as simple as a vase of seasonal flowers and a few pebbles and sticks gathered from outdoors, or it can be a more elaborate display that you add to as the season progresses.  A family could change it out or add to it every season, with the holidays, or as inspiration strikes. There is not a “right” or a “wrong” way to set up a display.

Some of the nature table displays I have seen in people”s homes are just for looking at, but my favorite ones are those that invite the child to touch, explore, and experience.

[Read more…]