How to Teach Children About Money in 7 Easy Steps

  Money can be a touchy subject for kids and parents alike, but it's also a topic that needs to be discussed. We want our children to understand the value of money and how it works, but it can be tricky to discuss these concepts without sounding preachy. As a parent myself, I've found that making learning about money fun is one way to get my child interested in the topic without worrying about them feeling like we're pushing an agenda or being lectured at. Here are some fun ways that you can teach your child about money : Let kids invent their own games or create their own money. Let kids invent their own games or create their own money. This works especially well with older children who already have a grasp on financial concepts like spending, saving, budgeting and investing. Let them create their own games using whatever they want as currency — anything from marbles to candy to paper clips could work! If they want to make up actual rules for using this new currency (f

6 Budget-Friendly Organization Ideas for Small Spaces

It seems as though we need more items than ever to accomplish our daily activities, but if you live in a small space, all those items can quickly become an organizational nightmare. Quantum Storage understands that getting organized is about more than having a place to put things; it is a state of mind that can lead to a harmonious, happy home. These 6 ideas will help you stay organized while keeping your budget happy, too.

1. Go Vertical
When you incorporate vertical storage in your design theme, you greatly increase your potential storage space. For example, toys can be hung in nets in the corner of a bedroom. In the kitchen, opt for magnetic spice containers and store them on the side of the fridge to clear up entire shelves in the cupboard.

2. Drawer Organizers
For small items in drawers, make or buy organizers so that you can keep things in their place. This gives you easier access and often frees up space as things find a place to belong. Cardboard can be repurposed into sturdy organizers in cupboards and drawers.

3. Double Duty Products
Whenever possible, make your furniture and other items have multiple uses. Swap that single use footstool or coffee table for a useful storage container with flair. Your ottoman can hold magazines, extra remotes and other unsightly items while the coffee table can become storage for extra blankets.

4. The One-Year Rule
Make note of when you use rarely used items. If it has been longer than a year, donate, sell or toss it. In the closet, you can turn your hangers backwards and at the end of a year, the ones still facing backwards can go to the donation pile.

5. Rent a Storage Unit
Seasonal items, such as snow skis or off season clothes can be stored safely away in a storage unit. If you only use an item once or twice a year, consider storing it off site so you can make better use of the space in your home.

6. A Place for Everything
Perhaps the most effective organization method is merciless decluttering. If you do not have a place for an item and cannot make a dedicated storage place for it, it may be time for that item to go.

Keeping your home organized will help keep the stress down and make your daily activities operate more smoothly. By taking a few steps to get organized and then staying vigilant in the battle against clutter, your home can again become your sanctuary.

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