An Organized Summer with the 2016 Summer Schedule {Free Printable}

An Organized Summer: Summer Schedule 2016 | Free Printable | simplykierste.com

It startled me when I was doing my planning for the coming week when I realized it's going to be May!  How did that happen? Not that I'm complaining--the weather has been fabulous, the sun is shining, and spring is in the air!  But it also means that summer is on the horizon, and even though we don't get out of school until the end of June (I know...), there are a bunch of you that probably get out in May, and I realized I needed to get the 2016 Summer Schedule ready to go! If you're looking for a place to keep track of all of your summer activities and travel, this free printable is here to help. This is the sixth year I've posted this schedule--I've been using it for years, and can't do … [Read more...]

11 Tips & Ideas for Busy Moms: Organize for Success!

11 Tips & Ideas for Busy Moms | simplykierste.com

Let's face it.  Moms are BUSY.  So, so busy.  Between kids' homework, sports, music & other activities, taking care of the home, church responsibilities and perhaps working on top of it, there is just so much to juggle and keep track of.  And that's only the basics! Boy, do I get it.  In order to keep myself on track, and make the days a little easier and less hectic, I've implemented 11 different things into my day that while simple, make a HUGE difference, and help me organize for success! I won't say they'll make things perfect, because life is life, and things happen.  But they give me a leg up, and a fighting chance to do the things I need to do, and the things I want to … [Read more...]

Make packing lunches easier & faster with a school lunch station!

School Lunch Station | Free Printables | simplykierste.com

With my twin boys starting kindergarten this year (sniff, sniff), I will now have five kids to pack school lunch for.  All of a sudden this past week that seemed like... a lot.  We still have a couple of weeks until school starts, but I decided to get organized now! I've always had some kind of lunch station, but the thought of 25 bags of chips, 25 fruit cups, 25 granola bars, 25 string cheese, and 25 go-gurt (plus sandwich stuff) per week really got me thinking about how I could create something to make the packing process a lot faster and easier. So...the official school lunch station has been created, including some super cute printables as the finishing touch. It's simple, but that's … [Read more...]

Save your sanity with a “before you can play” chore list!

"Before you can play" summer chore chart | simplykierste.com

Every summer morning I hear the words "can I play?", in one form or another.  They might be referring to going outside to play, having friends over, wanting me to take them somewhere, requesting screen time, or  any number of things that's on their agenda that day.  I got really tired of listing the things off that they needed to do before they could play (even though they already knew), that I decided to make things easier for not only myself, but for the kids too, by making a summer "before you can play" chore list.  I hung it on the fridge, and when they want to know if they can play, I just ask if they have everything done on the list! Love! We have a regular chore chart that we … [Read more...]

How to put together a summer car kit + free printable!

Summer Car Kit | simplykierste.com

Already the sunscreen and bug spray have come out of hibernation, and plans are being made to enjoy every single minute of the summer.  We're  on the go a lot during the summer months, whether it's a road trip, or just around town.  It means a lot of parks and outdoor activities and FUN!  With all that fun comes the inevitable, and odds are, I'm going to need something out of the car kit that I keep in my trunk. Preparedness is key! I change it up a bit for each season, and today I'm sharing the summer version, plus a super cute free printable! Yep.  If  you've got kids, you know that bugs, sun, scrapes, bee stings, dirty diapers, wet clothes, mud, accidents, emergency potty stops … [Read more...]

Washi tape grocery bag containers

Washi tape grocery container | simplykierste.com

I re-use plastic grocery sacks for so many things--they are a hot commodity at our house! I save them and use them on a very regular basis not only in my house, but on the road.  I keep a bunch in the car so I'll have them when I need them, for any variety of reasons. Whether it's a pair of muddy shoes, wet clothes, a child that's sick, or a million other things, grocery bags regularly save the day! You can probably relate--there isn't much worse than a crazy mess when you're away from home, and being stuck without anything to wrap it up in (and perhaps contain the smell!) until you get home.  Empty Clorox wipes bottles make perfect grocery bag containers, and they make it so easy to pack … [Read more...]

Make your summer easier with a printable summer schedule & calendar 2015

Keep your summers organized with the printable 2015 Summer Schedule | free printable | simplykierste.com

DOWNLOAD THE UPDATED 2016 SUMMER SCHEDULE HERE!!! I have been receiving comments and emails about if and when I would be posting a 2015 Summer Schedule, and it totally took me off guard, because we still have two months of school left.  So for all of you lucky ducks that get out in May, I thought I should get this posted now! I LOVE having this spreadsheet for our summer schedule, and after using it for several years, I can't imagine a summer without it. There is always so much going on--concerts in the park, park days, library story times, ball games----and while we're not going to go to every single one of them, I want to know when they are in case we can go.  There just isn't … [Read more...]

DIY Dinosaur Bookends

DIY Dinosaur Bookends | simplykierste.com

Today  I'm pleased to announce Amanda Becker, from Tale of an Ugly House, as the newest Simply Kierste contributor!!  I just know you are going to fall in love with her, her projects, and her style.  Don't forget to swing by and say hello to her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!! // DIY Dinosaur Bookends by Amanda Becker...they are ADORABLE!!! We recently built my son a toy organizer for his room. If your child is anything like mine, they have a lot of books! I wanted to keep a few of my son's favorite books where he could easily get to them but still keeping them organized. Being that Charlie is only two, his favorites are always changing! I searched for the perfect … [Read more...]

DIY Finances Ledger

DIY FInances Ledger | free printables | simplykierste.com

A couple of years ago I posted about the kitchen mini command center I made for our Texas home. One of the things that I mentioned was my bills and finances ledger. I've had so many e-mails and questions about it that I decided to give it its very own post!  Even though my command center has had to be modified since we moved to New York, that finances ledger has remained the same--I've had it for a long time. I use this ledger almost every day. I pay the bills and handle the finances for our family, so I use it to stay organized and keep track of all of our financial information. My husband is also able to look at it whenever he wants to, and see exactly where we're at and what's going … [Read more...]

A guide to getting organized!

Getting Organized! | simplykierste.com

This is the time of year that getting organized is especially on everyone's mind.  The busy-ness and craziness of the holidays are coming to a close, and when the tree goes down, the urge to organize everything hits in full force.  Sometimes though, it can feel SO overwhelming, looking at a room, or a drawer, or a closet, (or all of the above), and wondering where in the world to even start.  You know you want to, you know you need to, but now what? How exactly do you make that leap, and get started?  If getting organized is on your list, I'm going to share my tips and tricks that will help you on your way to getting organized this year! Remember…the goal of getting organized isn't … [Read more...]