Kerri Oakes

I'm a natural sorter and organizer, who wants to help you organize and simplify your life. Through my blog, Simply Planned , I help you sort through the clutter to find what's really important to you. I've lived in Vermont my whole life and I'm here to stay. I reside in Central Vermont with my husband, Travis and daughter, Abigail, 7. For more organizing tips, visit my blog

Breast Cancer

I feel like ever since I got breasts, it’s been drilled into my head that I have a family history of breast cancer. As I age, it’s like my doom’s day is impending. What if...

Your Home Office – Making It Work for You

Your home office is a breeding ground for paper. It seems to multiply overnight causing the piles to close in around you. It doesn’t have to be this way.  I will share with you my learned...

Paint Birthday Party

Pinterest has made kids birthdays a competitive event and I have to admit I've fallen into the trap. For the past three years, I've spent hours planning, crafting and implementing a perfect party for my...

A Simple Bathroom

When I think about the "hot zones" for clutter, in the average household, the bathroom and kitchen come to mind. Today, I share with you my bathroom.  It's located on our main floor and is...

15 Ideas for How to Store Your Jewelry

  As requested by another Mom Blogger, I'm sharing with you how to organize your jewelry!  While traveling or at home, your jewelry can be tangle free and stylish with minimal work.  Let me show you...

Inside My Closet

  Have you ever wondered how a professional organizer organizes their own stuff?  Today, I'm sharing my closet with you! It's not as picture perfect as Martha Stewart's would be.  I have a limited budget and...

Your Organized Car

Are you ready to fight the clutter? Let's tackle your car today! You can use these clever ideas to maintain an organized car. 1. Keep your cup holders clean with silicone cupcake liners!   I think this is...

Spring Cleaning Your Garage

It's finally here - Spring! Spring symbolizes new beginning and what better way to start fresh than to spring clean your garage! It's warm enough to get outside to tackle this project. Pick a weekend...

Your Child’s Artwork

  Last year, my mother gave me my old schoolwork.  I remember thinking, "What am I going to do with it?"  It didn't hold any value to me.  I haven't looked at my artwork or...
I took my kids toys away

I Took Away My Daughter’s Toys – Week One Journal

It’s been a week since I removed all my daughter’s toys from her room and our basement.  She’s still “ok” too. My sister asked her how she felt, her response, “I like it!”  I think...

I Took Away My Daughter’s Toys – ALL of Them

My daughter is the opposite of me. I've often joked with my sister because her daughter is like me "everything in it's place" whereas my daughter leaves her wardrobe on the floor.  Occasionally, she will...
Aldrich Public Library

Kids At Play – Where to Take Your Kids in Central Vermont

It’s Cold.  &$%$# Cold!  Too cold to play outside. Are you tired of being stuck in the house with restless kids?  Have you played the SAME board game over and over and over?  Do you...

Sass and Spice and Everything Nice

"The BVTMB is getting real this week about a sometimes taboo, but important topic...S-E-X!  Our team is sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly...and maybe the humorous and kinky too... about sex after...

Entry Makeover – Making Your Space Work For You

I disliked our entryway since the first time we looked at the house.  My husband and the Realtor convinced me we could make changes to it.  I can't even remember what those suggestions were...