How to Keep Your Whites White | simply

How to Keep Your Whites White

1. Separate your loads really well. It’s always better if you’re really strict when separating your laundry, especially with whites. Keep it to whites only…that even means no light colored…

Things to Throw Away | Get Organized! | simply

Get Organized: Things to Throw Away, Donate & Recycle

Many of these things can and should be thrown away, but others can be donated or given repurpose. Anything broken or in disrepair can disposed of or recycled properly, but…

7 things that will help you keep your house clean in about an hour a day |

7 things that will keep your house clean in about an hour a day!

Oh, how I love having a clean home.  But life is crazy busy, and there are always a million things to do all of the time, and it can be tricky to keep up on housework. Whether you work out of the home or in the home, to-do lists and responsibilities can be a mile long, and you might feel like you just don’t have time to do what needs to be done.

Years ago, I developed a method that really worked for me, and I’ve been able to maintain it through six kids, working, staying home, and now working/blogging from home. I’ve found that I can just maintain a clean house, the daily chores just don’t take as long, so I can fit a lot more in. There are seven things that I do on a daily basis, and those things can help you keep a clean house in just about an hour a day!

I don’t always do everything in one straight hour–most of the time it’s some in the morning and some in the evening–but the great thing about these things is that they can be done any time of the day or night, based on your personal circumstances.  Except making your bed…it really makes the most sense to do that in the morning. :)

Let me show you…

7 things that will help you keep your house clean in about an hour a day |


Why our kids have chores + free printable chore guide |

Why our kids have chores + an age-appropriate chores guideline

Ever since I posted my cleaning schedule and talked about my kids having their own chores, I’ve had a lot of comments, questions, and e-mails about our chores routine. It’s been on my mind quite a bit lately too, because this year each of my six kids are turning ages where we can add a few more chores that they are able to do. We also moved from a larger home to a tiny apartment that we are living in while our new house is being built, and it’s definitely required me to make a few changes, so I figured it was a good time to write out how our family handles chores for kids, and more importantly, why.

We start chores young at our house–they are are one of the most vital parts of our family structure, and not only keep our home running smoothly, but teach my kids life lessons on an ongoing basis.  There are many reasons for having our kids do chores, but there are six that we feel are the most important.

Why our kids have chores + free printable chore guide |


Getting Organized! |

A guide to getting organized!

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 in 2015!

Getting Organized! |

Remember…the goal of getting organized isn’t getting everything perfectly lined up in a row, it’s making it work for YOU.  How you organize something will be different than someone else, and that’s okay…it’s how it should be!


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

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

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!

Easy Things to Do Before Showing Your Home to a Potential Buyer | simplykierste.comIf you’ve ever walked through a home that’s for sale, you know that first impressions stay with you–good or bad. The homes that smell good, look neat and clean, and are well presented are always the ones that stay on my list. I also have six kids, and trying to keep a home completely clean and straightened is a challenge, but it’s important to me, and it’s all worth it when that sold sign goes up!!!


Quick Spring Cleaning |


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!

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

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.  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!

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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 if you follow it, you WILL have a clean house.


Spring Cleaning List & Printable | simply

Spring Cleaning! Printable checklist & tips

The words “spring cleaning” might strike fear deep into your heart, but I’m here to tell you that it is totally doable, and that you will love the difference it makes in your home.  As soon as March hits, I start thinking about spring cleaning.  I like to take a couple of months (March & April) to get it all done, rather than all it once–otherwise it just seems to overwhelming, or I kill myself (and my family, lol) in a week to finish.  I’ve learned a lot about what works for me, and I’m going to share my tips with you.

1 spring cleaning


{a clean home}

*****This post has recently been updated, with even more details, and a brand new checklist!! You can read all about it and download it in the new post!   ******…

2 thoughts on “cleaning

  1. I need to get my cleaning on a schedule so that I don’t have to do a top to bottom that takes FOREVER!!

    I love organizing things. I could use help and encouragement (push me please) But most importantly, I need to do some wall décor. And I need to find things, other than books, that look great on bookshelves. I collect antique books and left them in storage with my stuff in Australia. If you know of a great place to get antique books please let me know

    1. You can absolutely get organized!! Just start small, so it doesn’t get too overwhelming. I’m actually planning an organizing post in the next few weeks, so hopefully that will help too. Antique books? I’m not sure! If I come across anything I’ll be sure to let you know. Good luck!!

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