What Two Words Will Double the Space in Your Home?

Written by Karen Fritscher-Porter

Just two words and a bit of explanation about them will help you to double, maybe even triple,repparttar 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 onrepparttar 142638 criteria of function first and then looks second.

So if two items are both of acceptable appearance to you, always purchaserepparttar 142639 one that is most functional. If one item is slightly prettier thanrepparttar 142640 other butrepparttar 142641 other item has more vertical shelving, cubby holes and nooks, choose that second item. The peace-of-mind you'll get from having a more organized home will be much more valuable to you inrepparttar 142642 long-run.

DON'T FOLLOW YOUR EMOTIONS Always remember that stores want to sell to you based on your emotions. That's a fact. Most marketing research agrees with that statement. Ifrepparttar 142643 seller can hook your emotions, they're closer to a sale. For example, you see a pie safe cabinet that's outrageously priced but beautiful. So you say to your spouse who's shopping with you: "Oh, look at that pie safe cabinet. It's gorgeous. Look at that blue color. It's a little a high priced but maybe we can get it on credit..."

Stop right there!

As a smart shopper (and a smart home organizer), you want to buy based on what your brain tells you. So for example, now you look at that same pie safe cabinet and say: "Oh, look at that pie safe cabinet. It's gorgeous. What a pretty blue color. But we need something a bit more functional. That cabinet only has four shelves andrepparttar 142644 one next to it has six shelves and is cheaper. The second one is maple stained, not blue. But that's okay. It's still a handsome piece of furniture and it's more functional. We'll get more space to use in our home and more product for our money."

Use your head, not your heart, to make decisions about furnishing items for your home. Then you'll have functional home furnishings that double your home storage space. Think like a home organizer versus a home decorator. Think function first.

ANALYZE FURNISHINGS IN YOUR HOME NOW Look around your rooms. Do you have a two shelf horizontal bookcase? Do you have a tiny three shelf freestanding pantry inrepparttar 142645 kitchen? Do you have a little three drawer jewelry or lingerie armoire inrepparttar 142646 bedroom? Go room-to-room and make a list of any type shelving unit like these or others (e.g. microwave cart, television cart/stand, etc.)

Spanish Influenza of 1918

Written by Joe Bott

Inrepparttar late summer of 1918 whenrepparttar 142628 Spanish Flu arrived in Philadelphia, PA, my great uncle Rev. Jeremiah Mahon was a parish priest at St. Mary's Church at 252 S. 4th St.

They sayrepparttar 142629 flu started with a cough inrepparttar 142630 summer of 1918 and byrepparttar 142631 time it ended 120 days later, it left 22 million people dead worldwide. In Philadelphia after just 28 days there were 12,191 reported deaths and 47,094 reported cases. This flu targeted mostlyrepparttar 142632 young and robust, Jeremiah was just 32 years old.

My Uncle Jeremiah was one of approximately 800 people who died in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 19th, 1918. New York beat that number by 851 deaths in one day.

Jeremiah was one of my family heroes. Not only was he a very respected priest in a very Irish Catholic family, but whenrepparttar 142633 Spanish Influenza came and 67% of Philadelphia's nurses were off ill or scared, he volunteered to help tend torepparttar 142634 ill in a local hospital. That's how he caughtrepparttar 142635 flu.

In his epithet there is a part that goes, "His Kindly, genial disposition, his winning smiles and affable ways, won for him a host of friends in every parish where duty called him to labor. Everybody loved him."

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