Looking for affordable ways to decorate a child's bedroom? Our Top 25 Home and Design Mom Bloggers have shared great tips for decorating on a budget. Click through to get inspired!
No one needs to tell you that being a mom is a full-time job. So if you also work outside the home, how in the world do you keep your house clean? The easiest answer is to hire someone to do the dirty work. But for most of us, that's not possible, at least not on a regular basis. Here are some tricks of the trade from seasoned Circle of Moms members who like to run a tight ship.
When you're pregnant, it's exciting to buy everything you might possibly need for the new baby, but once your little one is born, you realize just how quickly these kids outgrow their once-special items. Some of us don't really think about holding onto baby jars, cribs, puzzles, or even kids' shoe boxes, but other moms have found crafty ways to reuse them. From swinging benches to cute votive candles, we're sharing 48 amazing (and easy) things to make from the outgrown baby or kid stuff you may have considered tossing. Take a gander before you call the garbageman for an extra pickup — you won't be disappointed!
Keeping your kids' toys organized can seem like a never-ending and impossible-to-win battle. While we don't recommend taking the advice of one of our friends — who recently decided she might as well throw away all of her two toddlers' toys, since "they only wanted to play with the iPad anyway" — we get that keeping your house uncluttered and cute in a toy-filled zone is a tough job. That's why we tracked down 11 real kid's rooms that provide some direction on how to make all that stuff look attractive to you, your kids, and any visitors who might dare to visit. Keep clicking to learn how living with toys can be done stylishly (we swear it's possible!)
I'm not going to lie to you; as a busy mom-of-four, spring-cleaning often takes a backseat to changing diapers, driving to afterschool sports, and cooking dinner. But this year is going to be different! I'm making it my mission this spring to tackle one room at a time and whip the house into perfectly organized shape.
My first order of business is the craft closet. Crafting can get messy, but that doesn't mean that your supplies can't be kept neat and tidy. I'm pretty good about keeping my craft supplies neat, but there's always room for improvement. So, I've been doing a little research and I found a few creative ways to keep organized. Here are a few of my favorite innovative ideas that I wanted to share with all my fellow craftistas…
Use an egg carton to store your sewing kit:
Use a pillbox for beads, pins and eyelets:
Is keeping your home organized a constant struggle? Time to create some new cleaning habits — for your kids! Here, moms who blog about home management share their best tricks for encouraging kids to keep the house clean and organized. From five-minute flash cleans and prebedtime pickups to advice on how to make kids' rooms easy to clean, here are nine smart ways to boost your children's commitment to organizing.
Despite tweens' resistance to chores, Circle of Moms members say that there are ways to get them to pitch in around the house. Whether you're hoping to teach yours the value of work or just need some help with the cleaning or laundry, here are some great suggestions on age-appropriate chores for 9- to 12-year-olds.