5 Easy Things to Do Before Showing Your Home to a Potential Buyer

May
28
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Easy Things to Do Before Showing Your Home to a Potential Buyer | simplykierste.com

We are in the buying and selling mode once again, as we prepare for our move to New York. We've prepped our house for sale--painting, yardwork, and other small details that needed to be done.  We just put it on the market, and we're ready for buyers to come through!  I want the very best first impression for anyone that comes into our home, and there are five simple things that I do every single time a potential buyer is going to see our home that I've found to make a huge difference. They can be done in around 15-20 minutes, so even if you have a last minute showing, you can pull these off! If you've ever walked through a home that's for sale, you know that first impressions stay with … [Read more...]



21 Top Disney Tips You Can’t Miss!!!

May
16
10
Top Disney Tips | simplykierste.com

 We took our kids to Walt Disney World for the first time about a year and a half ago, and absolutely loved it. We not only thoroughly enjoyed the park, but we had an awesome place to stay, ate amazing food, and saw SO much.  I credit the reason for our success to the mastermind behind our whole trip...our very good friend, Dale Schmidt, who joined us, along with his family.  He is, in my mind, the Disney World Master.  ☺ I can't even tell you how many times he's been there--without kids, with small kids, with older kids, and a mix of older and younger kids. He's stayed both on and off property, with large groups and small groups.  He does an incredible amount of research, pays close … [Read more...]



Easy Peasy Washi Tape Clothespins + 10 Ways to Use Clothespins

May
07
11
Washi Tape Clothespins | simplykierste.com

Do you want to know the fastest and easiest way to "fancy" up clothespins?  Aren't these Washi Tape Clothespins ADORABLE?  And the best part?  30 seconds people. 30 seconds is all it takes to make one! I've decorated clothespins a variety of ways...with paper, fabric, and paint.  But... the FASTEST and EASIEST way to do it is using Washi Tape--one of my most favorite things ever. I adore clothespins, and I use them all the time, for just about everything. They're cheap, multi-functional, and totally adorable! They have so many uses around the house, and for gifting. Here's a list of a few of the things I use them for: Chip Clips...they're my favorite ones! Gift Packaging:  I love to … [Read more...]



QUICK SPRING CLEANING LIST

Mar
25
4
Quick Spring Cleaning | simplykierste.com

Spring is coming, and with it comes the itch to throw open the windows, start wearing ballet flats and...get clean and organized.  It's also a really busy time of year, so if you're on the hunt for a Quick Spring Cleaning List, I'm your girl!  I do have an in-depth spring cleaning list that I love, and if you want a totally thorough list, you can check that one out.  However, if you're short on time,  I've got a quicker version that will help get your home in tip-top shape! I've chosen seven items that will cover the basics, and if you tackle just a couple of them a week, you'll be done in a little over 3 weeks! Your house will feel so much better, and so will you.  If you have more time, … [Read more...]



EASY MASON JAR SPICE CONTAINERS

Mar
19
4
Mason Jar Spice Containers | simplykierste.com

Oh, how I love an organized drawer!!  My spice drawer has been making me crazy lately.  They were all in there neatly on their sides, but the different sizes and round shape made everything roll around and cause chaos.  ☺ I decided that this week was time for a long and overdue makeover, and of course I turned to one of my favorite things to help me out...mason jars!  They are the perfect size to fit in the drawer, and with the cute labels on top, it's super easy to find which spice I'm looking for. I love these Mason Jar Spice Containers! Isn't that lovely?  It seriously makes my heart flutter. I used 4 oz. quilted jelly jars , so they would fit in my drawer. I also love the … [Read more...]



How to Have a Clean Home EVERY Day + Free Printable Checklist

Dec
31
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a clean home every day | simplykierste.om

One of the things I get asked about most is my cleaning schedule and regimen. I love having a clean home, and not just once a week, but every day. I can manage the rest of my life so much better when my house is clean and organized, and there's something about an orderly home that provides a more calming atmosphere. Everyone is just happier in a clean home, especially me! Over the years as we've added more children to our family, it's be come even more essential, because there are so many more people contributing to the mess and chaos! Years ago,  I developed a routine that has worked wonders for me, and I've loved it ever since. I'm going to share my secret with you today! It works, and … [Read more...]



{dry erase chalkboard chore chart}

Nov
07
14
Chalkboard Printable Download

I love chore charts for a bunch of reasons, but the whole key is in finding one that really works for you and your family.  Over the years I've tried several different types of charts--some I liked, others I didn't.  I don't like them to be complicated, or have a lot of moving parts--I know that for us it just doesn't work.  My favorite to date is the dry erase chore chart I made several years ago--but it desperately needed to be updated. I thought it would be really fun to make it chalkboard style, so I created a Dry Erase Chalkboard Chore Chart, and it's perfect! I created a chalkboard chore chart in photoshop, then had it printed in an 11x14 print at Walmart for $5.  I placed it in my … [Read more...]



{thanksgiving checklist}

Oct
21
2
thanksgiving checklist | simplykierste.com

I know, I know. It's not even Halloween yet, but the month of November is quickly approaching, and Thanksgiving is 5 short weeks away.  I love the whole holiday season, but it's also the most busy, with so many fun things to do and see, and I want to do them all!!  So...I'm a list girl. I love making lists, checking things off, and staying organized. I accomplish so much more when I have a list, and forget much less.  We have really good friends coming to stay with us for Thanksgiving, and we couldn't be more THRILLED!  We are going to have the best time, and I can't wait to see them. It does mean preparation ahead of time though, not only with getting the house ready, but preparing food … [Read more...]



{juice can lid magnets}

Aug
29
2
juice can lid magnets | simplykierste.com

 Y'all know that I love simple projects--ones that don't take a long time, are easy to do, but are darling, all at the same time!  These juice can lid magnets fit the bill for each of those things, I love them! I have a large magnet board hanging above the kids' backpack hooks, and I really wanted and needed some magnets for it.  Enter in...juice can lids!  I've used them for so many projects, and I LOVE them.  These literally took less than 10 minutes to make--love that! These would be so cute in a locker, on a fridge or magnet board, or anywhere magnetic! Use photos instead of paper for an even more personalized look or gift.  I used ampersands, but you could also use initials--one … [Read more...]



{family prayer & scripture chart}

Aug
19
3
family scripture chart

We are a religious family, and one of our goals as a family is family prayer & scripture study.  We also have a family night (Family Home Evening) once a  week, typically on Monday nights, where we all have our schedules cleared and do things together.  With school starting next week, our laidback summer is coming to an end, and I'm getting things ready now so we can be as organized as possible, in all aspects of our family life. I'm a list girl, and I like to check things off!  Lists help me stay organized, motivated, and also gauge progress.  My kids love the visual of a list, and it helps keep them on track and excited.  So...I created this weekly checklist, so we could post it and … [Read more...]