Today, children are expected to earn high grades in all of their
classes, in spite of the failing public school system. Parents
can still remember when an education was essential in preparing
children for their livelihood.
Now what many public school systems offer is overcrowded
classrooms. Teachers are being grossly underpaid for their
skills and overworked. Outdated learning material, metal
detectors, violence, cuts in federal spending for education...
Remedial help is sorely needed for some ...
Today you have almost as many choices of spice racks as you do
of the spices they contain. Spice racks are wonderful kitchen
home organization gadgets. And a spice rack is a wonderful gift
too for a cook. In our household, my husband is the chef. But
I'm the shopper. And we own three functional and handsome spice
racks that are in use every day. Before you buy your next spice
rack for yourself or as a gift consider these factors:
1) WHERE WILL YOU PUT IT? Naturally, you want your spice rack ...
People tend to think that being a stay at home parent means you
have time to sit in front of the TV all day, but anyone who has
tried it knows better. Staying at home means getting up early
enough to get the kids to school, take care of any children not
yet in school, clean the house, prepare meals, get the children
to activities, etc. It's not an easy or leisurely life.
The first thing to think about are your goals. What do you need
to get done each day and what do you want to get done?
When you first plan on staying home with your children, probably
the first thing you do is take a look and see if you can afford
it. You cut back on cable TV, buy older cars, lose retirement
Whoops! Most moms don't seem to be thinking about what being a
stay-at-home mom does for her retirement package. The years
spent not working have a huge impact, however, when you decide
to retire, so you need to plan now.
Let's start by looking at what you're losing for your
retirement. No 401(k) ...
Why is planning home decorating projects important? Let's start
by asking the following question.
What do the following have in common? 1) Boxes of odds & ends
collecting dust in the basement
2) Bags of discarded curtains, bedspreads and pillows in the
3) Half empty paint cans stacked against a wall in the garage
It could mean you have a hard time parting with anything,
however, in this case all these point to decorating attempts
Let me continue with a short story: 'The ...
Begin your written plan by choosing one room to start with. This
helps keep you and your budget focused on the project. Which not
only guarantees it's completion, it's going to save you money.
Why? Remember impulse buying, well it's less likely to occur if
you've planned and written down items specifically for that one
Think about it this way; You go to the grocery store without a
list, what happens? Everything looks good, so you end up buying
extra things you do not need and probably ...
Your home may be your castle, but a big part of your housing
decision-making is all about other people. Home is where most of
us experience not only the intimate aspects of our personal
development, but also the most important social interactions
that occur during the course of our lives.
Do you enjoy living alone in solitude, rarely entertaining
friends or family? Or do you enjoy the company of family and
friends at home and the feeling that you are attached to a
broader neighborhood or ...
Home organization means being able to find your stuff when you
need it, not after an hour or more of searching. But home
organization doesn't necessarily mean you're neat or clean. It
doesn't even mean you're not a pack rat. Home organization just
means everything has a place and you know where that place is in
Of course, when you practice "home organization" and "clearing
clutter" together you do inevitably get a neater and more
organized home. Why? Because you can find your stuff ...
You've worked hard to afford the home you live in today. You
have undoubtedly invested sweat equity as well as money to
maintain your home and gradually shape it to the comfortable
living space that now says, 'This is who I am.' Your ultimate
dream is to remain in this home - independent, financially
secure, and in control of your personal and social needs and
wants. Can you achieve that goal? It is likely that you can,
with realistic planning and careful decision-making.
Our housing decisions ...
Just two words and a bit of explanation about them will help you
to double, maybe even triple, the space in your home now. Those
two words are "Go vertical."
FUNCTION FIRST, LOOKS SECOND That means that when you buy
bookcases or other types of furnishing with shelves, make sure
these items have five or six shelves. Two or three shelves per
item are just wasted space. When it comes to home organization,
you want to buy furnishings based on the criteria of function
first and then looks second.