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The Puzzle Pod

The Puzzle Pod sticks to the back of puzzles and games to keep pieces in place. Credit: Thepuzzlepod.com We all know how frustrating it is to find random puzzle and board game pieces, crayons and tiny toy parts strewn across the house....Keep those puzzle pieces from getting lost with this storage idea.

Storage Cubed

Credit: Martha Stewart Living
Kids come along with a whole lotta stuff, and finding systems for storing it all is an ongoing, and potentially expensive, challenge. Happily, the maven of homekeeping, Martha Stewart, has introduced a line of...

Accordion to You

Contain yourself. Credit: Kolo
True or false, there is a pile on your kitchen table containing many, many papers? Permission slips, gymnastics schedules, party invitations, among other ephemera of child-rearing? Well, if you would like to...

Tag, You're It

Get organized like you mean it. Credit: Any Random Jane
Ah, organization, the impossible dream. You may never achieve a perfectly sorted spice drawer or categorized stationery stash, but small steps can still make life a little saner. Which is...

Happy Helperz: Making Chores More Fun for Kids

We're all looking for ways to simplify our lives, do more activities together as a family, and to make our homes happy and productive spaces. Heidi Girvan, a former primary-school teacher and mother of three young children, did more than just...

Weeding old toys - Tell the kids or not?

"Make two piles," I told my five-year-old. "Those you want to keep and the ones you want to give away." I left her sitting in front of a gigantic basket of stuffed animals, about a quarter of her collection. We were spending the day organizing the...

How do they do it?

Sometimes, I look at other parents and wonder how they do it. How do they stay sane, how do they play, how do they work? I currently work from home with two small children (one and two) underfoot. I constantly feel like my life is one big tug-of-war...

How to keep your house from being overrun by toys

Over at Parent Hacks, there's an interesting discussion going on about how to keep a child's toys from taking over the house. In case you don't know, if you don't keep toys in check, they will multiply and soon your living room will be overrun by a...

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