• Household inventory sheets save your time and money by making shopping trips simple and quick. Buy only what you need when you need it. Free printable. Great for household binders. Household organization tool.
    Home Binder,  Organization

    Simplify Your Shopping Trips with Household Inventory Sheets

    Have you ever been at the store checkout, certain you have picked up everything your family needed, only to get home and realize the family is running low on something for the home… tissues, toilet paper, or window cleaner? I have and the frustration is almost palpable! In my last post, I shared how overwhelming the mental clutter and mental load of motherhood can be. As moms, we don’t have a lot of extra time in our days and it is frustrating to realize you have to add another shopping trip to the already overflowing schedule. After one too many times of reaching for something only to realize we were…

  • Organizing mental clutter
    Mental Clutter,  Motherhood,  Organization

    The Importance of Organizing Mental Clutter

    There has been a big push in the last few years to de-clutter our homes and organize our physical spaces. There have been many, myself included, that can attest to the positive effects of decreasing physical clutter and creating an organizational system that works for you. But what about our mental clutter? Mental clutter includes all those pesky to-dos, appointments, and schedules that are constantly running through our minds. Our mental clutter consists of all those things that are completed silently and without celebration but are what keeps are family’s lives flowing easily day to day. If you talk with any mom they will tell you that often this form…

  • Tips for organizing seasonal gear
    De-Cluttering,  Organization

    Tips To Easily Organize Seasonal Gear

    This week’s weather brought record-breaking low temperatures to our area and despite my constant yearning for warmer weather it looks like we are still several weeks (or months) away from warmer weather. Colder temperatures are a time when coats, boots, hats, scarves, gloves and more are littering our homes. Without a system in place for storing seasonal gear, you might find yourself digging through the couch cushions looking for your child’s missing mitten. Tips for Organizing Seasonal Gear Living in Indiana (or really the Midwest) means that while we have the seasons, it isn’t always guarenteed each season will stay in its lane. Around these parts, it is not unheard…

  • The magic of toy rotation and open toy display. Watch as your children play longer with fewer toys!
    Organization,  Toys

    The Magic of Toy Rotation and Open Toy Display

    Have you ever found that your children seem to be overwhelmed, bored, or uninterested in the toys at home?  Have you thought maybe it was time to get some new toys to peak their interest again? This was me as a new mom with my first. At the time my son was a toddling near-one-year-old and his toys were kept in a large basket in our living room, he always appeared so uninterested in the toys stored in that basket. Even when I would buy a new toy, the interaction would only last so long before he seemed bored again. It wasn’t much later that I came across Montessori principles and…

  • Organize messy toys in just one day
    Motherhood,  Organization,  Toys

    Easy One Day Toy Purge

    Do you find yourself still recovering from all the goodies your little ones received this holiday season? Legos piled at your feet? Play food scattered about with no chef in sight? Are you ready to complete a total toy purge? If you said yes to any of the above, then welcome friend! You are in good, holiday-recovering company and today I am going to walk you through a step by step process for getting toy clutter under control! We are going to tackle finding new places in your home for all those fun new toys while also purging the collection of broken, outgrown or just plain “where-did-this-come-from” toys. The Prep…

  • Simple and affordable Christmas Decor Storage
    Holidays,  Organization

    Simple and Affordable Christmas Decor Organization That Will Save Time Next Year

    It probably seems a bit strange to be talking about Christmas 2019 already, but I promise this isn’t a wacky, Christmas forever, type of post. Rather, I want to show you how a few simple changes in Christmas decor packing can help you actually enjoy the process of decking the halls next year. Yesterday we spent the morning taking down and packing away all of our Christmas decorations. And I will tell you, if there is one place in my life that I am not minimal, it is Christmas. I love turning our home into a festive, winter wonderland, but that also means sorting through multiple large totes of decorations.…

  • Motherhood

    2019. New Year, New Focus

    Hello friends! Happy Post-Christmas Season! Hopefully, you are all recovering nicely from the holiday fun of last week! We had a busy, but great Christmas week with the finale of a simple day at home on Christmas day. Since reviving Knot to Nest in the summer of 2018, I have been working to find my voice, my passions, and my place. I find myself sitting over here on the cusp of the new year, looking to make changes and find and finally chase my true passions. In my five years of motherhood, I have found myself drawn more and more to a life of simplicity and organization. It is in…

  • Gift Experience Ideas for Children
    Holidays,  Intentional Living,  Motherhood

    25 Experience Gift Ideas that Will Benefit Your Child More Than Toys this Holidays

    We are only two weeks away from Christmas! Can you believe it? If you are a parent then you have likely already received your share of the following over the last weeks: “what should I get ____ for Christmas?”; “Do you think he’d like this toy?”; “I saw this giant ____ and I bet she would just love it!” As family and friends begin wanting to shower your kiddos with gifts this holiday season, it may begin to feel overwhelming and stressful. If you are anything like I was two years ago, you may even feel bad for wanting to tell family and friends “thanks but no thanks!”. It is…

  • Open-ended preschool toys
    Favorite Toys Guides,  Motherhood,  Toys

    Open-ended Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

    Our eldest Asher is four and a half this Christmas and fully present in the preschooler age group.  Over the last year, he has developed and honed in on his own interests. He is also in school for the first time and the influence of his peers has started to sway his wish list this holiday season. Both of these changes have made the list making a bit more of an adventure, but never fear, you don’t have to give into noise and do-it-for-them toys just because they are older. There are still quality, open-ended toys for kids as they continue to grow.  Open-ended toys are a favorite in our…

  • Open-ended toy recommendations for toddlers
    Favorite Toys Guides,  Holidays,  Motherhood

    Open-ended Christmas Gift Ideas for Toddlers

    After nearly a week of unexplained coughing and feeling pretty crummy, I am finally back to continue the Holiday Toy Series. If you missed it, don’t forget to check out:  5 Benefits of Open-ended Toys Open-ended Gift Guide for Babies It is officially Christmas season and that means, for many, gift shopping is getting underway. If you are looking for ideas on what to get your toddlers, then you’ve come to the right place! Toddler life… such a fun yet exhausting time of early parenthood. It is a time when our littles one are more mobile, more opinionated, and starting to dive into the world of imaginative play. This is…