It is a known fact that a single person or a married couple without children is much more organized than people who have children. It really isn’t rocket science here. People with kids simply don’t have the time to put everything in its place. They’re running all over trying to take care of their little ones. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You aren’t alone. Many parents have issues with home organization but you should be aware that there are ways to make your home picture perfect and safe for your kids too.

Get Rid of the Kids
No, you needn’t put your kids on somebody’s doorstep but you should find a family member or friend to babysit them for a day, two if needed. You’ll never get organized if you are chasing the kids around. It’s best to be able to be completely focused on the task at hand, organizing your home for the benefit of your family.

Split the Baby
You can’t look at the house as a whole. You’ll need to dissect it into areas and room or else the project will seem too overwhelming and you’ll become frustrated. Take the smallest areas on first, such as closets and bathrooms. Then, you can move onto bedrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room, etc. Make a list of which rooms are being attacked in order. This will help you to see how well you are doing with your home organization project.

Stay, Store, Sell or Sack
You’ll need to make four piles for each area that you are organizing. All of the items that belong in the room should be in the first pile. The second pile should contain the items that you need to keep but can be stored elsewhere for later use. Items that could be of use to others should be placed in the third pile. Finally, the fourth pile should be for trash. Ideally, it would be best to toss those things in the trash sack immediately. There is no room for second thoughts when it comes to home organization however; you should never get rid of your kids’ special toys or stuffed animals. You surely don’t want them to become upset when they get home.

Make Everything Shine
Before you spend your time putting the items back into the room, you should do a really deep cleaning. The room should be sparkling clean as well as the items that will be placed back in it. This will help you to save time later and honestly, when you have children there is very little time for deep cleaning the house.
The things that you will be placing in your storage bins should also be thoroughly cleaned. You surely wouldn’t want a rude awakening when you retrieve a needed object only to find it filthy. Always clean everything before storage and you will be much happier later.

List and Label
You’ll need to break out a piece of paper and pen or your trusty label maker now. It is of the utmost importance that you mark each bin with each item contained within. It’s unwise to directly label the bin with a Sharpie as you’ll need to remove labels or cross them off of the list when you discard them. If the actual bin is permanently marked, it will look unorganized and messy. Label makers are really the best way to identify the items in each of your bins.

Pick Up the Pace
Most people are actually able to pick up the pace once they see that they’ve accomplished organizing a room or two. The adrenaline starts pumping once they see the results of their hard work. Home organization doesn’t have to be a grueling job. Try turning on some fast paced music and you’ll see that you will start going through your possessions much faster.

Bins Everywhere
Now that you have the entire house cleaned and neat, you are left to deal with all of the bins filled with items for storage. You’ll need to find a safe place to keep them so that the kids would get into them or get hurt by them. One of the safest storage solutions for families with children is an overhead garage storage rack.

These overhead garage racks are great because they don’t impede your ability to use the garage for your car and keep your possessions off of the ground to prevent water damage. They are super strong as well and very safe for children. The overhead garage racks can even accommodate bicycles and other items that can be hung underneath or off to the side of the rack using different types of hooks.

Once you have found your storage area, be sure to stow your bins logically. For example, keep all of your holiday bins together and the same would be wise for sporting equipment and so on. This will help you get to the right area quickly so that you can retrieve the needed items efficiently. Home organization is all about efficiency and with kids; everybody needs to be as efficient as possible.

Relax and Revel
Finally! It’s time to kick back, relax and revel in the fact that you’ve finished your home organization project. A word to the wise, if you didn’t already have garage overhead storage units, you should seriously think about getting them. You can learn more about these great storage solutions at www.saferacks.com.

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The vast majority of people, some 73%, enter their homes through the garage. This means that most people do not use the front door of their homes to enter and leave. The front door is often left for special occasions or when official visitors arrive. And this touches at the heart of one of the fundamental principles of home organization – keeping it natural.

If you truly want to create order in your home then you are going to have to think about all of the different ways that you can organize your extra space to make use of empty areas in your home. This means that you will need to pay attention to things that people often forget about, such as where the light is coming from, unused space in the least expected of places, using illusions to create space, making your home “smart” and many other things that will help to keep your home clean and tidy.

Use Vertical Space

Vertical space is one of the most misunderstood and underused ideas when it comes to home organization, because so few people are actively using up the available vertical space in their homes. Very often, items end up cluttering on available shelf or table surfaces. Certificates and diplomas languish in drawers; photographs and half-filled albums lay cluttered all over the floor.

There are many practical ways to use your vertical space! Here are just a few:

  • Take any photographs you really like and have them framed to create picture galleries around the house on walls that are not used for anything; frame your diplomas and certificates as well
  • Make use of safety nets, storage racks and different types of hooks to create vertical storage space in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and even living areas
  • Install floor to ceiling bookshelves and use stepladders instead of buying conventional bookshelves

There are many more steps you could take to increase your use of vertical space in creative ways.

Do You Really Need It?

People often find that they have a lot of clutter in their homes, but very seldom are they able to let go of things. While it is certainly true that it is worth keeping many things and that objects can be reused; many homes end up looking more like storage because we find the need to keep these extra items. If this is the case for you then you will need to do some serious soul searching and ask yourself whether you truly intend to reuse something or not.

Things that can make organizing your home easier and discourage thrift:

  • Create a “Donations” box near the most commonly used exit in the home; this will encourage your family members to get rid of things they do not want any more
  • There are many home appliances that you probably do not (or should not) use all that often; consider renting instead of buying when you want to use one (Blu-Ray/DVD players, gaming consoles, barbecues); this also encourages moderation, especially if you have children with video gaming problems
  • If you are not likely to use something more than once or twice a year, consider getting rid of it; if it’s something of sentimental value then this does not apply

If you are really at the point where you cannot get rid of anything, then it is time to explore ways to create extra space in your home.

Using Illusion to Create Space

One of the unfortunate side-effects of creating extra space vertically in your home or making efficient use of space is that things end up looking even more cluttered than before. Aside from having space-saving and efficient storage racks or safety nets installed, you can also use a number of illusory devices to help increase the apparent space in your home:

  • Use full length wall-mirrors in bathrooms, garages and living rooms to create the illusion of more space.
  • Install a large bay window in a kitchen or other communal area to bring in plenty of light; install skylights where appropriate for even more light.
  • Use plants to make areas that look cluttered look more natural; you can even have a “plant area” in an underused but bright and sunny room or you can use creeper vines to decorate bookshelves and picture frames.

Keep Things Interesting

Home organization is not just something that you do a few times a year. People tend to have this illusion that they only need to commit to some “spring cleaning” and then everything will be great. Ask yourself though, would you be reading advice about home organization if this was working for you? Organizing a home is literally a mindset. Your home will stay organized because you want it to if you have the right attitude.

If you want to spice things up at home and keep them interesting then it is often like anything else in life – move things around! Every few weeks, move the furniture around to different places. Keep a small savings account for improvements on the home and when it gets to a certain amount once a month spend it and buy something new for your home! This type of mentality will do a lot to help you keep your home.

Keeping It Clean and Tidy

Cleanliness and tidiness is also another way you can keep your home organized and you should commit to at least having one day per week when you do the vacuuming, clean the bathrooms and do the laundry. During the week, you can do everyday tasks as needed, such as washing dishes.

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The Netherlands, Denmark and Germany are the top three countries that use bicycles to commute to work. The Netherlands has a population of 17 million and they have 22 million bikes.

The number of cars on the roads in the 1950s and 1960s caused an increase in congestion and road deaths. Thus the Government began to invest heavily in cycling. Separate tracks were designated and even on a road where cars and cycles share the road the cycles are given priority.

Why would the government deem it wise to get involved in the activity? Because it has obvious health and other reasons.

“Cycle fanatics have been trying to convince the rest of us about the benefits of cycling for years, over the past decade cycling has become increasingly mainstream as the many psychological and physical health benefits of cycling have been revealed by new research” according to Stefan, founder of bikestorage.co

Benefits of cycling to work:

  • Exercise: Cycling gives you a cardio and vascular workout. It actually burns more calories than jogging, without the impact jogging has on your joints. It increases your fitness levels, lowers blood pressure and tones your muscles.
  • Convenient: You do not have to get stuck in a traffic jam and sit for hours waiting for traffic to clear up and get panic or stress attacks. Worse still is when you have to search for parking in the parking lot. When you bike to work there is no chance of getting stuck in traffic and all you need to do is find a pole and lock up and go to your destination.
  • Money: Cycling to work saves you a lot of money by way of cars cost, gasoline costs. you also save on car maintenance, car insurance and parking as most parking nowadays is not free. A bike can be bought at the fraction of the cost of a car and there is hardly any maintenance costs involved. Bike maintenance is simple and enhances the life of your bike considerably. When not in use, it is best to hang the bike on a wall, or upside down, so there is no pressure on the tires. The tires must be kept inflated at all times. Check for any rust. At the first sign of rust take immediate preventive action by lubricating brakes and cables.
  • Brain power: New research has shown that biking to work can have a very beneficial impact on your brain power. It increases the flow of blood to the brain keeping it healthy and in peak condition. It increases brain performance as there is an abundant supply of fresh air. With the daily commute to work you are preventing cognitive decline and at the same time decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

-Contributed by Stephan P.

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